For people who have been put on hold to renew their drivers licenses or take exams the good news is 16 DVS locations will be opening back up throughout the state starting Tuesday May 19.

According to KARE11 the locations are as follows: St. Paul, Arden Hills, Anoka, Eagan, Plymouth, Rochester, Mankato, Fairmont (road test only, opening May 26), Marshall, Willmar, Detroit Lakes, St. Cloud, Brainerd, Duluth, Grand Rapids, and Bemidji.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services Division (DVS) did  say to KARE11 "New appointments are not available at this time while DVS works to erase the backlog of canceled tests. " Wisconsin has offered to driver between the ages of 16 and 17 to bypass the road test due to large number of road tests being back logged due to being closed during the pandemic.

Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services Director Emma Corrie said in a written statement.  "Thank you for your patience during this uncertain and stressful time for all Minnesotans. DPS-DVS has been working very hard to find safe, fair solutions to resume services that have been unavailable during the stay at home order,” Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services Director Emma Corrie said in a written statement. “We are prioritizing the needs of Minnesotans who couldn’t take their knowledge or road test during the past several weeks by allowing DPS-DVS exam station staff to focus on testing services."

The other remaining testing stations across the state will remain closed for the time being. Extra precautions are being taken with the sites that will be opening on Tuesday to guard both employees and customers from the COVID-19 virus. For more details on this click here.

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