Updated: July 31, 2020 03:45 PM
Created: July 31, 2020 02:34 PM
Minnesotans with driver's licenses, learner's permits and identification cards that expired during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency can use those IDs as valid proof of residency to register to vote in the upcoming primary election.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DPS-DVS) said it has sent that guidance to Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon ahead of the primary election, which is on Aug. 11.
"Gov. Walz signed legislation extending driver's license, permit and ID card expiration dates to give Minnesotans more time to renew, so they don't have to put their health at risk by visiting an office in person during the COVID-19 pandemic," DPS-DVS Director Emma Corrie said. "We want to make sure that those affected do not face any confusion that may prevent them from voting in the August primary election."
The new laws extend expiration dates by two months on driver's licenses, learner's permits and identification cards that expired during the peacetime emergency or the month after it ends.
According to DPS-DVS:
DPS-DVS said the federal government regulations commercial driver's licenses so Minnesota CDLs are extended only through the federal waiver period, which is currently Sept. 30, 2020.
Below are the renewal options:
You can find more information here.
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