Titles, Registration (Tabs) & Plates
COVID-19 Status Update - 3/26/2020 11:30AM
Governor Tim Walz issued a stay-at-home order for Minnesota effective Friday, March 27, at 11:59 PM through April 10. Only essential services will remain open.
No applications for tabs, title transfers, duplicate titles, disability certificates, recreational vehicles, et cetera will be accepted after 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 27, and we will do our best to process any items left in the Scott County drop box prior to the cutoff. Any items unable to be completed will be returned by mail.
We will continue to staff the office for critical items such as property tax payments and vital records requests (i.e., birth, death, and marriage certificates).
As our government buildings are closed to the public, we are unable to process driver’s and marriage license applications at this time.
If you have any questions about these or any other services Scott County provides, please feel free to call us at 952-496-8432. Staff are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to answer your calls.
Please note that all DVS offices will be closed including exam stations.
Dealers: The Governor’s order recognizes that motor vehicle repairs and limited sales are considered critical services and may continue during this period. According to the order, dealerships may conduct "sales that are necessary to allow for essential travel, when conducted by appointment, and only when CDC and MDH guidelines, including social distancing, can be met.”
Granting extensions for driver’s licenses, ID cards, and tabs requires a change to state law, and the Minnesota Legislature is scheduled to consider this topic. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DPS-DVS) will provide additional information and guidance if anything changes. We will post any updates on social media and to our website as they become available.
Thank you for your understanding during this unprecedented time.
Effective January 1, 2016
per M.S. 169.798 Subd. 4;
Every owner, when applying for motor vehicle or motorcycle registration, reregistration, or transfer of ownership, must provide information showing that the motor vehicle or motorcycle is covered by an insurance policy. Information required under this subdivision consists of the insurance company's name, the policy number, and the policy expiration date for the subject motor vehicle or motorcycle.
A certificate of title is proof of ownership. You may transfer the title of a vehicle at either of the Scott County service centers. If a vehicle is purchased through a licensed Minnesota dealer, the dealer will take care of the transfer paperwork.
Personalized plates are available with the standard plate background for passenger automobiles and pick-up trucks with up to seven (7) characters, including spaces.
Your tabs or registration stickers expire each year and must be renewed. The expiration month is shown on the sticker on the lower left corner of the plate, and the expiration year is shown on the sticker on the lower right corner of the plate. You do have until the end of the month shown to purchase registration.