MINNESOTA — More than 100,000 Minnesotans are currently driving without a valid license.
The Minnesota Department of Vehicle Services made expired licenses valid during the pandemic, but that allowance ended at the beginning of April.
Minnesota's Driver and Vehicle Services talked with WDAY News about how they're working to get every Minnesotan a renewed license.
"Pull out that driver's license if it's expired. Come in and allow us to help you." says Minnesota's DVS director Emma Corrie.
The DVS says there are 1,000 people in Clay County with an expired license and over 600 in Becker County. Corrie says that driving with an expired license is essentially the same as driving without a license at all.
"If you were stopped for any reason, you would have to pay the price of whatever you were stopped for, plus not having a valid credential," Corrie says.
She says the high number of expired licenses isn't surprising. "Minnesotans are still struggling with what is not an end to COVID yet," she says.
The DVS is looking to make the process easier, drivers can now renew online at the DVS website through June 30th.
You'll be put into a virtual queue if you have to go in person for a name change, address change, Real ID or enhanced ID.
"The DVS is ready and willing and waiting to be able to serve them and help them get renewed. And have that you know, have no lag in their driving privileges," Corrie says.
Her goal is to make it simple for everyone. The deadline for airline passengers to need a Real ID or passport is October 1st.