Driver's License Information

Buffalo Testing Station
If you are new, returning to the state or applying for first time permit or driver's license, you will need to go to the exam station first and show a primary ID document (birth certificate or passport) along with your out-of-state license. 

If the names do not match, a certified document would need to be presented (such as a marriage certificate, divorce decree or court order showing legal name change). The license bureau will also need these forms of identification at the time of application. Social Security Numbers are required on all applications for driver’s license, permits and identification cards.

Appointments
No appointment is necessary when taking the written exam, but you need to give yourself at least 45 minutes per written test. Road Tests are by appointment only. You may schedule a road test by calling 651-284-1234.
 
 
Commercial, motorcycle and passenger manuals are available at the Minnesota Department of Public Safety website. If you have any further questions, the Department of Driver and Vehicle Services website.

The License Bureau
Driver’s license, permits and identification cards are processed in our office at the Wright County Government Center. Vision test and photos are taken in our office.  If you need to take a written or road test you will need to go to the Exam Station first and then come to our office to complete your application, pay your fees and have your photo taken.

Driver's License and Identification Cards are valid for four years.  You may not have a valid driver's license and a valid identification card from any state.

Beginning July 1, 2015, all drivers renewing their CDL will be required to provide a document from the following list that meets the proof of citizenship requirement. 
    Valid, unexpired U.S. passport or passport card
    Certified copy of birth certificate from any U.S. state
    Consular report of birth abroad issued by the U.S. Department or state
    Certificate of Naturalization or Certificate of Citizenship issued by U.S Department of Homeland Security
    Valid unexpired Permanent Resident Card
                                OR
    Unexpired employment authorization document issued by USCIS or an unexpired foreign passport
    accompanied by an approved I-94 form. 

If the name of the above document is different from the current name on the CDL, the customer must also present proof of the legal name change(s). Acceptable proof consists of certified marriage certificates, certified divorce decrees or other certified court orders. Divorce decrees or other court orders must specify the name change. Identity and name change documents need to show a clear link between the citizenship or permanent residency document and the current name.
 
Suspension / Reinstatement Fees
We do not accept any suspension or reinstatement fees:  They must be paid at the State Exam Station at the Lakeview Mall on Tuesday or Wednesday only.
 
Under 18
We will need a parent’s signature at the time of application for a driver’s license or instruction permit. Parent signature is not required for an ID card.

21 & Over
You may renew your driver's license no more than 20 days before your 21st birthday.

New to the State
If you are new to the state or applying for first time permit or drivers license, you will need to go to the testing station first. Individuals entering the state will need to take a written test.  For more information on these types of applications please call 763-682-7596 or 763-684-4541.