ST. PAUL – State officials have announced plans to reopen driver’s license exam stations to full capacity statewide by early next year, news Rep. Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck, said is especially welcome in Greater Minnesota.
Most driver’s exam stations in Minnesota were shuttered amid COVID-19 concerns. The Legislature earlier this year set aside dedicated funding in fiscal years 2022 and 2023 to reopen all 93 offices – including locations in Albany, Alexandria and Sauk Centre.
“The closure of driver’s exam stations has been problematic for so many people in Greater Minnesota who had to travel many miles to take care of licensing business,” Anderson said. “I am pleased we were able to provide this funding and help people have better access to the driver’s services we had come to expect in our area.”
In May 2020, the DPS-DVS consolidated all Minnesota exam stations and their services to 14 locations to increase efficiencies and maintain social distancing. A letter Anderson received from DVS indicates 26 exam stations currently are open to serve Minnesotans. The department said it needs to complete the following tasks to accomplish a successful reopening by its Jan. 21, 2022 target:
The letter from DVS also indicates it is facing a significant hiring challenge and is working to fill vacancies. Available job positions are posted and frequently updated at https://mn.gov/mmb/careers/, DVS said.