September 10, 2018 12:33 PM
Waiting for a Minnesota driver’s license to arrive in the mail may get even longer.
The Minnesota Department of Vehicle Services is now making temporary licenses – the yellow slip of paper – valid for four months instead of the typical two.
The change comes as the department prepares for a “smooth and efficient” rollout of REAL ID due next month, according to an internal memo obtained by 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS.
The memo said that DVS is already experiencing longer processing times for some licenses due to increased workloads leading up to the rollout.
Starting last week, DVS offices began stamping the temporary license with a sticker that says it is valid for 120 days.
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Sen. John Jasinski, who is the vice chair of the transportation committee, believes this is an unfair inconvenience for Minnesota residents.
“Minnesotans don’t deserve to have their driver’s license take 120 days to get renewed. It’s not the best way to have things done. We want to see things done in a timely matter,” he said.
DVS Spokesman Bruce Gordan said in a statement that, “DVS is taking these measures to ensure that any increased workload at the Department, influx of customers, or other unforeseen circumstances do not inconvenience" drivers or agents.
This all comes after the state already had problems with the rollout of its MNLARS system – the system for vehicle licensing.
It cost $93 million to get up and running.
Minnesota’s Information Technology Services and the Department of Public Safety reported they were running out of money to fix MNLARS.
In May, lawmakers approved more than $9 million in emergency money, but the governor vetoed a bill that would have given nearly $14 million more.
Updated: September 10, 2018 12:33 PM
Created: September 07, 2018 06:06 PM
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