Driver's License / State ID Cards

Change in Services Due to COVID-19


In an effort to provide a safe environment for the public and county employees, delivery of services provided face-to-face have been modified. Walk-in service is available in limited capacity based on staffing levels and appointment cancellations. Wait times for walk-in service can be significant as appointments receive priority service. We do recommend scheduling an appointment or using drop box service if available for your transaction. 



Did you know?
    The Real ID full enforcement deadline has been extended to October 1, 2021.If you do not have a Real ID compliant driver's license or ID card and wish to obtain one, we recommend getting one as your driver's license expires if it is before October 1, 2021. Learn more about the extension
    The Driver’s License Extension is Ending. Minnesotans with driver's licenses or ID cards that expired during the peacetime emergency, between March 13, 2020 and February 28, 2021, will need to renew their licenses by March 31, 2021.

    • If you wish to renew a Class D Standard Driver's License and have no changes to your name, address, or signature, you may renew online through the State of MN. 

    • If you wish to renew in person, we recommend scheduling an appointment. Beginning Saturday, February 6, 2021, we will assist appointments only on Saturdays at the Stillwater License Center for those with expired licenses. We are not able to accommodate walk-ins on Saturdays.

    Knowledge and road tests for Class D licenses are available at DVS exam stations. Appointments are required for Class D knowledge tests and walk-ins will not be accepted. Schedule an appointment at a DVS exam station.
    Online testing for the Class D knowledge test is available through the State of MN. Learn more about online knowledge testing.
    Driver's Licenses, State ID Cards, and Instruction Permits can be renewed, replaced, updated, upgraded and applied for for the first time at the Washington County License Centers located in Stillwater, Forest Lake and Woodbury. The License Centers are not exam facilities. This means we are unable to offer knowledge or road tests as well as reinstate suspended or revoked driver's licenses. 

    Minnesota has three driver's license/ID options from which residents may choose

    REAL ID-Compliant Driver's License or ID Card

    Enhanced Driver's License or ID Card 

    Standard Driver's License or ID Card


    Determining which type of license or ID card works best depends on what a person needs to use the card for. Visit the DVS License/ID Options page or use their new Help Me Choose tool to find the card that best fits your needs. 

    Save time, pre-apply.

    Prior to your visit, you can pre-apply for your driver's license or ID card. You will still need to visit our office to complete the process. This request will decrease the time spent at the counter and forego the need to complete a paper application. Please bring your confirmation page and documents listed on it to our office. 

    Testing 

    Knowledge and road tests are only available at DVS exam stations. If you are a new resident of MN and have an out of state driver's license, a written test is required. Appointments are required for Class D knowledge tests and walk-ins will not be accepted. Schedule an appointment at a DVS exam station.

    Online testing for the Class D knowledge test is available through the State of MN. Learn more about online knowledge testing. 

    Do you need to reschedule a road test cancelled during the closure? Learn how to reschedule with DVS. We do not have access to DVS testing schedules and are unable to assist with scheduling questions. 

    The DVS Stillwater Exam Station is closed until further notice.

    Driver's manuals are available online to view or print. 

    Pay for a Driver's License

    Fees vary based on the type of and class of license. 
    See a list of current driver's license fees

    Acceptable forms of payment include cash, check, credit and debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express). A 2.49% service fee will be added to the transaction amount if you choose to use a credit or debit card. 

    Contact Us

    1. LICENSE CENTERS

      Forest Lake License Center 
      19955 Forest Rd N
      Forest Lake, MN 55025
      651-275-7333

      Stillwater License Center 
      1520 W Frontage Rd
      Stillwater, MN 55082
      651-275-7000

      Woodbury License Center
      2150 Radio Dr
      Woodbury, MN 55125
      651-275-8600