Many Minnesota drivers were granted an extension on their drivers license renewals in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. According to Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services, 200,000 Minnesotans got an extension if their licenses were set to expire between March 13, 2020 and February 28, 2021. Now they are informing drivers that they need to renew by March 31, 2021.

To assist in renewing drivers licenses, the Department of Driver and Vehicle Services has opened some exams stations on Saturdays through March 27. The Duluth exam station is listed as one of those that will be open on Saturdays. Those open on Saturdays will be from 8am-4:30pm.

Also worth noting is that you have the option to get a REAL ID in Minnesota now. Beginning October 1, 2021 in order to board a domestic flight or enter a government facility you will not be able to use a standard ID. A real ID requires that you show proof of residency, social security number, date of birth, and show that you can legally be in the United States.

You can visit a department location to renew your standard drivers license or you can also renew online at There are other websites around that try to scam you into paying extra fees to renew your drivers license by misleading you. They posted this warning back in January.

The site does look professional, and it is easy to see how some people have been fooled. Unfortunately it is legal as they are selling their services as assisting you in renewing your license. A similar scam has plagued people trying to renew their fishing licenses online. A consumer pays the fee and then gets a book that explains how to buy your license online from the correct website.

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