Created: March 16, 2021 07:15 AM
(ABC 6 NEWS) - This time last year, driver's licenses that would have expired were given an extension due to COVID-19, but that extension is ending March 31.
There are around 300,000 Minnesota licenses that expired between March 13, 2020, and February 28, 2021, during that extension period.
The Driver and Vehicle Services Department is asking you to renew now and do not wait till the last minute.
"This past year has been quintessential you know that reminding us that we all have limitations and limits on the services that we can provide, the system is majorly underpressure right now," said Director of Driver and Vehicle Services, Emma Corrie.
If you are a cardholder that needs to renew your driver's license or ID card, there are a few options to renew.
One is you can renew a standard driver's license online here, or you may go in person if you are planning on making changes or getting a Real ID.
"If you intend to go in for a real ID or an enhanced driver's license, that would require you to go into a location. You can still do a pre-application online, same website, but then you go in for verification for your documents," said Corrie.
If you are someone who plans on traveling after October 1st of this year, you will need a Real ID to travel.
"In order to board a plane both domestic or international or to enter a facility that requires identification you will need a real ID or a passport," said Corrie.
If you do not renew by March 31st, that credential will be considered expired and driving without a valid credential.
Those at DVS ask you not to wait till March 31 so that you do not run into any issues.
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