Earlier today, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division announced that they will be reopening 16 driver license exam stations on Tuesday the 19th. They will also be opening with more hours available to get more tests done.

Their main focus is on getting in the people who were supposed to have road tests during the Stay at Home order and those who's licenses or ID cards expired during the Stay at Home order. They plan to start class D road tests on May 26th, again, with the focus being on those who missed out on their test due to the Stay at Home order.

The 16 driver license exam stations that will be reopening on Tuesday are the following: St. Paul, Arden Hills, Anoka, Eagan, Plymouth, Rochester, Mankato, Marshall, Willmar, Detroit Lakes, St. Cloud, Brainerd, Duluth, Grand Rapids, and Bemidji. The Fairmont station will reopen for road tests only on May 26th.

In a news release about these locations reopening, they state that the reason for opening these specific locations is because the locations not opening only held exams a few days a week. That meant examiners would spend time on the road going to different exam locations to conduct tests. This way, examiners' time on the road is cut down and they'll be able to conduct more tests.

Like all other businesses, each exam location will be practicing safety precautions and follow some restrictions. The news release states that customers and staff will receive wellness screenings, there will be marks on the floor to indicate where to stand to comply with social distancing, and plexiglass will separate the customer from the employee. Staff will wear masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer will be provided, only the applicant will be allowed inside unless they are under 18, and there will be a virtual lobby option in Arden Hills, St. Paul, and Mankato where you can check in virtually and you'll receive a text where it's your turn.

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