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Published on June 21, 2024
Minnesota Sees Spike in Driver's License Applications, DVS Urges Preparedness and Responsibility Amidst Increased DemandSource: Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Minnesota's roadways are set to become even more bustling as the number of people obtaining a driver's license has surged, according to the state's Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) division. In a striking development, the DVS recorded a significant uptick in service numbers, with a 10 percent jump in processed licenses between October 2022 and May 2023 compared to the previous year. Specifically, the DVS saw 100,000 more Minnesotans in this time frame, totaling 1,134,477 licenses processed, as reported by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

A significant factor contributing to this influx is the implementation of Driver's License for All, which began on October 1, 2022. This initiative seems to have spurred a greater-than-anticipated number of individuals to take their driver's licensing tests. Jody-Kay Petersen, the Driver Services program director, emphasized the state's efforts in accommodating this increase by funding 12 new examiners and adding staff to review applications. "While state funding for 12 new examiners and more people to review applications is helping us make it easier for you to get an appointment, we need your help to make the process go as smoothly as possible for everyone," Petersen stated, as per Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

To navigate this high demand successfully, the DVS is advising prospective licensees to adequately prepare for their written tests, noting that a concerning 56 percent of test-takers fail statewide, as detailed by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. The department recommends studying the Class D Driver's manual, available on the DVS's website in multiple languages. Once prepared, individuals are urged to organize their necessary documents and schedule their examinations and license applications up to 30 days in advance through the department's online portal.