Enhanced (EDL / EID)
My driver’s license is expiring, is there an extension to renew?
Gov. Walz signed two bills into law that extend the expiration dates of driver’s licenses, ID cards and permits that expire during and the month after the COVID-19 peacetime emergency ends to two months after the peacetime emergency ends.
What that means:
DPS-DVS will automatically extend the expiration to March 31, 2021, for any driver’s license, ID card or permit that would have expired between March 13, 2020 and Feb. 28, 2021. Minnesotans will not receive a new credential, but their record will reflect the new expiration date.
- Anyone with credentials expiring March 1, 2021 or later will need to renew on time, despite any extension of the COVID-19 peacetime emergency, unless DVS is granted legislative authority to extend those expiration dates.
- Those with credentials extended to March 31, 2021, will need to renew their license or ID card by that date.
- Commercial driver's license cardholders have an extension ending no later than Feb. 28, 2021, unless the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) chooses to extend beyond that date.
- Commercial Drivers must follow the current federal law - for the most current information visit https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/COVID-19
- Minnesotans will not receive a new credential, but their record will reflect the new expiration date.
- Any valid driver’s license, instruction permit (including commercial learner’s permits), provisional license, operator’s permit, limited license and farm work license. This includes valid out of state driver’s licenses, ID cards and permits.
Can I renew my standard driver’s license or ID card online?
Appointments for Minnesota Driver’s Licenses and ID cards
New or returning resident to Minnesota
A standard driver’s license or ID is acceptable for domestic air travel until October 1st, 2021.
What is an EDL card?
It is a dual-purpose, optional card designed for the user's convenience. In addition to serving as a typical driver's license, the card allows a Minnesota resident to re-enter the U.S. at its land or seaports when returning from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean. This flexibility speeds your passage back across the border. They verify your identity and citizenship – no other proof is required. EDL cards are among the federally-approved border-crossing documents required under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). An EDL is also available to a Minnesota driver who qualifies for a commercial driver license (CDL).
- An EDL/EID can be used as a cross-border travel document (in lieu of a passport) to re-enter the U.S. by land and sea, from Canada, Mexico, and some countries in the Caribbean.
- An EDL/EID denotes both identity and citizenship, in accordance with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI).
- An EDL/EID is not valid for international air travel.
- An EDL/EID has a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip embedded in the card.
- The RFID chip contains a unique number assigned to each EDL/EID card. It does not include any biometric data (e.g. fingerprints, facial recognition, etc.)
- Several states already offer EDL/EID’s.
- Minnesotans may opt for, but are not required, to obtain an EDL/EID.
- An EDL/EID must be mailed to the Minnesota residential address that appears on the EDL/EID card.
You can apply for an EDL or EID at any time
- At the time your current driver license or ID is due for renewal
- First time application for your driver’s license (and learner’s permit) or non-driver photo ID card
- Replace your current driver’s license prior to the date you are due for renewal, with no change in the expiration date of your license
- At time of application: You will be asked to complete an Interview Questionnaire; please allow extra time when applying. An application takes between 4-6 weeks to process.
- Identification Documentation for EDL/EID-Must provide proof of: Date of Birth, Full Legal Name, Social Security Number, Photographic Identity, United States Citizenship and Minnesota Residency. View EDL/EID Identification Requirements (PDF).
Renewing an EDL or EID
- Additional documentation is only required if you are changing your name or Minnesota residence address. You will be required to provide Proof of Full Legal Name & Proof of Minnesota Residency. View EDL/EID Identification Requirements (PDF).