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Posted on: July 28, 2023

License Center Announces More Changes Coming Aug. 1

A Message from the Wright County License Center:

Round Two of the legislative changes impacting the License Center will go into effect August 1, 2023. The most notable change affecting the License Center is the Legislature removing the written exam requirement for applicants transferring their out-of-state license to Minnesota. This change will allow residents (age 21 or older) with a valid out-of-state driver’s license to apply for a Minnesota license without first taking the written exam as previously required. This change will free up the already overrun exam stations and provide a more streamlined process for transferring an out-of-state license for new Minnesota residents. Documentation requirements remain the same, so anyone new to Minnesota will still need to provide a primary and a secondary identification document to apply for a standard credential. Primary identification is typically a certified birth certificate or current U.S. passport and a secondary document is usually an out-of-state driver’s license or social security card. Names on each document need to match or have a clear name chain with other supporting certified documents such as a marriage certificate or a court-ordered name change. Anyone transferring an out-of-state license will need to provide their actual license or a current driving record to prove their valid credential status in the state they last held a driver’s license. For those looking at applying for a Real I.D. or Enhanced license, additional documents are also required. The License Center will continue to offer Class D written exams on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for new permit drivers, applicants with a Minnesota driver’s license expired for more than one calendar year, or applicants required to retake the written exam as part of the reinstatement process. This change will have a positive impact on our exam calendar by freeing up more availability for new permit drivers. For those needing to schedule a road/skills test for a new driver, the License Center cannot administer the road test per State statute. Road test appointments are scheduled through the Driver and Vehicle Services website. 

Standard, Real, Enhanced requirement links:

Make a road test appointment link:

Make a written exam appointment at the License Center link:

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