Minnesota driver’s licenses must be renewed when they expire every four years on your birthday.
How to apply
Apply in person for renewal at any Hennepin County Service Center. For a shorter wait time make an appointment.
- A Minnesota driver's license cannot be renewed if it has been expired for over one year without retesting
- To meet identification requirements, bring a Minnesota driver's license, instruction permit, or state identification card that is current or has been expired for no more than five (5) years (if it has a photo) or no more than one (1) year (if it is without a photo).
- If you do not have one of these items, you must present one primary and one secondary form of identification from this list of Identification Requirements (PDF 54kb). The primary document must contain your full legal name (first, middle, and last) and the month, day, and year of your birth.
- Complete the renewal application
- Provide your social security number. You may still apply if you don't have one.
- If you've had a name change since your last renewal, you must present one of the following: a certified marriage certificate; a certified divorce or dissolution of marriage decree specifying a name change; or a certified court order specifying a name change.
- If you are under 18 - a parent or guardian with proper identification must also sign the application.
- Pass a vision screening
- $23.25 class "D" (most common)
- cost varies for other classes and endorsements
- Check "DL status" of your MN driver's license with the State of Minnesota.
- Your new license will be mailed to you in four to six weeks.
- Carry your clipped license along with the stamped yellow receipt you receive when you apply until it arrives.
- Minnesota State IDs expire every four years on your birthday.
- For information about driver’s license knowledge or road tests, visit the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Division of Vehicle Services website.
Are you a new Minnesota resident?
If you have a valid license from another U.S. state, certain territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Virgin Islands, and Guam), or Canada, you have 60 days after becoming a Minnesota resident to obtain your Minnesota driver’s license.
The Midtown Exchange Service Center location accepts application for new MN driver's licenses.