The Wright County License Bureau has important reminders associated with its re-opening tomorrow (Thursday, June 4) that it hopes will prevent people from making unnecessary trips to the Wright County Government Center in Buffalo.
First and foremost is that the License Bureau is taking driver’s license renewal applications by appointment only. The appointment scheduler can be found on the left side of the main page of the county’s website (www.co.wright.mn.us) under the heading “Make an Appointment.” The schedule is currently booked through Friday, June 19. Every week, new appointment schedules will be added. While not the most efficient way of fulfilling license renewals, anyone without an appointment will be turned away because the License Bureau is required to adhere to state social distancing guidelines.
Until mid-June, all other transactions at the License Bureau will be handled via mail or drop box. There are three drop box options – outside the License Bureau, at the front entrance to the Government Center and a drive-thru drop box in the alley at the east side of the Government Center.
For those wishing to get tabs, title transfers, etc. before the weekend, if you specify on the envelope that you prefer in-person pickup on Friday, June 5, License Bureau staff will be in the front parking lot of the Government Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday to hand deliver transactions. Requests must be in one of the drop boxes prior to noon Friday to be eligible for the drive-up option.
The county is in the process of converting the south wall of the Government Center into a walk-up transaction point for non-driver’s license renewals. The retrofitted window is on order and should be installed in the next two weeks. When it is installed, residents will be notified that they can do all other License Bureau transactions with the exception of driver’s license renewals at the south parking deck of the Government Center.
In an effort to control the flow of traffic and to adhere to social distancing policies, the only people who can access the License Bureau will be those with an appointment. A guard will be positioned between the License Bureau and the Planning & Zoning Office and the east entrance door will be locked to prevent cross-traffic and the potential for community spread of COVID-19.
The county is aware that this is an imperfect system and being able to process 60 to 80 driver’s license renewals a day won’t be popular with many people needing to get their licenses renewed. Getting through the backlog of driver’s licenses will be a process that will take time. Under an Executive Order from Gov. Tim Walz, anyone whose license expired during the shutdown of the state DMV, which began in mid-March, will have until Aug. 31 to get their license renewed without the threat of being ticketed.