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S.F. No. 224 - Driver’s Licenses and Minnesota Identification Cards Eligibility
Author: Senator Bobby Joe Champion
Prepared By: Krista Boyd, Senate Fiscal Analyst (651/296-7681)
Date: March 19, 2015


Section 1 adds a requirement to the application form for a driver’s license or state ID card, to have the applicant attest to a residence address in Minnesota.  This requirement now appears in Minnesota Rule, part 7410.0410, which is repealed in section 3.  The application is also required to state that the applicant need not enter a Social Security number if the applicant does not have one and is applying for a class D driver’s license or state ID card.

Section 2 provides that foreign governmental identification is an acceptable primary document for proving identity in applying for a driver’s license or state ID card.  Foreign governmental identification is defined as a valid, unexpired passport and a matching certified birth certificate.

Section 3 repeals a series of Minnesota Rules, subparts relating to proof of residency in the application process.  They are:

  • Part 7410.0410, subpart 1 – requiring at initial application attestation to a residence address in Minnesota, along with proof of citizenship or legal presence.
  • Part 7410.0410, subpart 2 – requiring at renewal application attestation to a Minnesota residence and proof of short-term admission status, where applicable.
  • Part 7410.0410, subpart 3 – providing that a driver’s license or card from another jurisdiction does not prove lawful presence or citizenship.
  • Part 7410.0410, subpart 4 – requiring attestation of Minnesota residency, along with documentation; document for purpose of proving short-term admission must state end date.
  • Part 7410.0410, subpart 5 – requiring proof of name change if applicant’s name is different from name on required document.
  • Part 7410.0410, subpart 6 – denying short-term resident a license if legal presence ends in fewer than 30 days; granting license with status check date to applicant with legal presence of 30 days or more.
  • Part 7410.0410, subpart 7 – prohibiting issuance of license or card to individual without lawful admission to USA.
  • Part 7410.0410, subpart 8 – requiring indication of short-term admission status check date on the license or card.
  • Part 7410.0410, subpart 9 – requiring reissuance of license or card with new status check date when short-term admission period is extended.
  • Part 7410.0410, subpart 10 – providing for cancellation of a license or card that is not reissued when the status check date on the card passes.
  • Part 7410.0410, subpart 11 – requiring the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to mail a notice to a license/card holder that the status check date is close to expiration, including reissuance requirements.
  • Part 7410.0410, subpart 12 – requiring DPS to mail a cancellation order to a license/card holder whose document is within seven days of the status check date, including application requirements.
  • Part 7410.0410, subpart 13 – providing for administrative review of the cancellation or denial.
  • Part 7410.0410, subpart 14 -  providing for payment of fees for renewal or reissuance when the status check date or driver’s license has expired; providing for no fee for reissuance before expiration of status check date.

Section 4 makes the act effective January 1, 2016, for a new or renewal license or card issued on or after that date.



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