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MMBA | New Minnesota Drivers License & Temporary Credential

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division has begun issuing redesigned driver’s licenses and identification (ID) cards.

New Driver's Licenses

The redesigned cards are available at all driver’s license service centers statewide and will replace the previous design that has been in use since 2004.

The new design will be applied to all driver’s license and ID cards issued by the State of Minnesota.

In addition, a vertical driver’s license or identification card will be issued to anyone under age 21.

New Driver's Licenses

This provides a quick reference that the cardholder is a minor.

Vertical license and ID cards are currently used in 46 other states.


New Temporary Credential (Receipt)

Minnesota drivers are now receiving a “new look” temporary credential (receipt) when they renew or apply for a new driver’s license or ID card. The receipt ensures that people will havevalid driving privileges and identification (using the expired or voided license and the receipt) until their new license arrives.

DVS began issuing the newly designed receipt Oct. 1, 2018 and then updated the format on Oct. 18, 2018.

There are three possible options for receipts now in circulation:

  1. The temporary credential now has a box in the lower right corner that says “(DVS/PAID STAMP ONLY)”. This credential is only valid with the proper validation stamp (the DVS “Departmentof Public Safety” stamp or deputies “Paid” stamp), just like the old receipts.

  2. Receipts issued from Oct. 1 through Oct.17 did not have the box for a stamped validation; however, these credentials are still valid, even without the stamp.

  3. Some customers still have an old yellow receipt issued before Oct. 1. Those receipts are valid as long as they are properly stamped. If a customer has an expired temporary credential,they must have the expiration date extended at a DL agent office or Exam Station.

The new temporary credentials include several features:

  • You will now find the expiration date for the temporary on the top right corner, above the date of birth. That means you no longer need to calculate days from the application date to determine if it is valid.

  • DVS has increased the time that temporary credentials are valid, from 60 days to 120 days. This was done prior to the new computer system launch, to ensure that any increased workload at DVS, influx of customers or other unforeseen circumstances do not inconvenience Minnesotans or driver’s license agents.

  • A photo and signature of the applicant, unless the credential has been issued as “Valid without Photo” per Minnesota law, is now printed on the receipt.

  • A barcode is included with the same applicant information found on a driver’s license or ID car.

New Temporary Driver's Licenses

New Temporary Driver's Licenses

New Temporary Driver's Licenses

New Temporary Driver's Licenses

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Click here to view Tribal IDs here

Click here to view the "old" Minnesota License