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Driver Vehicle Services
Can I renew my Driver's License here?

Yes, you can! We are located in the lower level of New Brighton City Hall. 

To save time, book a driver's license appointment first and then start the online application and bring the confirmation with you to your scheduled appointment.

What's the difference between Real and Enhanced Driver's Licenses and IDs?

There are three Minnesota driver’s licenses currently available: Standard, REAL, and Enhanced. Most Minnesota residences currently have a Standard driver’s license which is good until October 2021.

After October 2021*, if you fly domestically within the U.S., you will need either a REAL DL, Enhanced DL, or a passport to board a plane.

For an additional $15, the Enhanced DL/ID will work as a dual-purpose card that serves as a DL/ID and as a passport card which can be used to travel to and return from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land border crossing or sea ports-of-entry. It can also be used to board aircraft for domestic travel, but cannot be used for international air travel.

Please book an appointment with us. Then, pre-apply for a DL/ID before heading in. 

For further driver’s license questions please visit dps.mn.gov or call 651-297-3298.

*You are not required to switch if you have no intentions on traveling via plane.

When can I get a REAL ID?

Now!

We now offer REAL driver’s licenses and ID’s at our location! However, be aware that wait times in office as well as wait times to receive cards may take longer than usual due to COVID-19. Please note the U.S. Department of Homeland Security extended the REAL ID full enforcement deadline to October 1st, 2021. 

Please click here and carefully review all requirements on what to bring when applying for the REAL ID.

Begin by scheduling your appointment with us. Then Pre-Apply for a Driver’s License or ID.

Note: Minnesota has an extension for REAL ID enforcement, allowing Federal agencies to accept driver’s licenses and identification cards from Minnesota at Federal facilities, nuclear power plants and federally regulated commercial aircraft until October 1, 2021.

What does it cost if I renew early to get a REAL ID?

Due to COVID-19 there will be significant in wait times and card issuance delays. We ask that you not renew early unless you are within three months or expiring. Also, in addition to the standard cost of the card there is a fee for early renewal based on how many months the REAL ID is obtained before a person’s driver’s license or ID card expires:


•    $2 for a renewal 17 months early.
•    $4 for a renewal 18-29 months early.
•    $6 for a renewal more than 29 months early.


The standard cost for a REAL ID is the same as for a standard driver’s license or ID card.

For Frequently Asked Questions about REAL ID please click here.

Do you offer Enhanced Driver's License services?

Yes! 

We now offer Enhanced Driver’s License and ID services!

To apply for an EDL or EID please schedule an appointment first, then Pre-Apply for a Driver’s License or ID and print your confirmation before stopping in.

Click here and carefully review the requirements on what to bring when applying. Be aware that wait times in office as well as wait times to receive cards may take longer than usual due to COVID-19.

Can I apply for my very first Instruction Permit at your location?

Yes!

Once you've completed your test at an exam station you may then stop in to our location to apply for your very first Instruction Permit. Begin by booking an appointment. Then, review the identification requirements for the additional paperwork you'll have to present. On the day of your appointment if you are under 18 a parent must be present, bring your driving logs with you, and your passed exam as necessary. 

Can I take an exam at your location?

Unfortunately, New Brighton License Bureau is not an exam station.

Please click here to search for exam locations near you.

For general questions including locations, testing, or to schedule an appointment, please call 651-201-7900 or go to mndriveinfo.org.

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Can I reinstate my Driver's License at your location?

Unfortunately, no.

You will need to contact an exam station, such as Arden Hills, on costs and requirements to reinstate your driver’s license.

Do you take disability applications and renewal cards at your office?

MN Disability Hang TagYes we do!

To apply for or renew a disability certificate please begin by scheduling an appointment with us. Then, have the disability application or disability renewal card completed and signed ahead of time.

As long as the form or card is complete either the customer or a 3rd party may submit the form. We recommend mailing the form in to the state if you have time however if you require a temporary hang tag you will want to keep your appointment with us.

Can I complete a CDL medical self-certification form at your office?

Yes!

Begin by scheduling your appointment with us. Then, complete the Commercial Driver License Medical Self-certification Form and bring your new medical card with you to complete your request. 

For additional information please call (651) 297-5029 or visit Driver and Vehicle Services.

How can I reach the state about additional Driver's License questions?

For additional driver’s license questions please call 651-297-3298 or visit dps.mn.gov.

Motor Vehicle Transactions
How can I renew my vehicle registration tabs?

Drop Box Outside

Option 1: Mail in: (See instructions below)

City of New Brighton

Attn: License Bureau

803 Old Hwy 8 NW

New Brighton, MN 55112

Option 2: Drop Box for Mail Out: (See instructions below)

The Drop Box is located on the lower level parking lot outside New Brighton City Hall. It is the same one used for submitting utility bills.

Submit your renewal notice and check in the Drop Box before 11:00 am and we will mail it out by the next business day. This service is available for current Minnesota Residents (No Dealers) who are processing Motor Vehicle Registration ONLY.

Instructions for Renewal:

•    Enclose your Renewal Notice(s), Check, and insurance company name, policy number, and expiration date (MM/DD/YYYY) in one envelope.

•    Payment by Check ONLY, payable to The City of New Brighton and must include a current phone number and driver’s license number on the check.

*Verify address and Minnesota County on your registration renewal notice. If no changes are noted on the renewal notice, it will be assumed that all the information is correct and accurate for processing.

Note: The Deputy Registrar reserves the right to not process tab renewals if information is missing or incorrect.

Walk-up windowOption 3: Walk-up Window: 

The walk-up window is located on the lower level exterior of New Brighton City Hall. Please arrive with your renewal prepared, expect significantly longer wait times, and be mindful of the weather. If you are purchasing tabs for someone else without the renewal notice you will need to have an Authorization Form completed by the owner. Please note it must be an original with a live ink signature.

•    Insurance company name, policy number, and expiration date (MM/DD/YYYY) required.

•    Payments Accepted: Cash, check, *American Express, *Discover, *MasterCard and *Visa.

*Debit/credit cards are charged a 2.49% processing fee

I lost my Minnesota title how can I get a new one?

The registered owner(s) will need to schedule an appointment with us. Then, stop in to apply for a duplicate title. Complete a Duplicate Title Application to complete before you come in. If necessary, we can look up the owner with a driver’s license or vehicle plate number.

In many circumstances duplicate titles may be available for issuance right away in-office.

For further information visit dps.mn.gov or contact the Department of Public Safety at 651-297-2126.

How do I request a duplicate set of vehicle registration tabs?

To stream line the process please complete the Application for Duplicate Plates and/or Stickers form. Note that this is a walk-up service located on the lower level exterior of New Brighton City Hall. Please come prepared, anticipate longer wait times, and be mindful of the weather. 

How do I request a new set of plates?

To stream line the process please complete the Application for Duplicate Plates and/or Stickers form and schedule an appointment with us.

I don't have have my renewal notice can I still buy tabs?

Yes!

If you are the registered owner, come in with your ID, plate number and valid insurance information and we will issue you a registration card with your vehicle registration tabs.

If you are purchasing tabs for someone else without their renewal notice you will need to have an Authorization Form completed along with a live ink signature by the owner. 

Please note this is a now a walk-up service on the lower level exterior of the City of New Brighton. Come prepared with your insurance company name, policy# and expiration date (MM/DD/YYY) and be mindful of the weather during your wait.

Electronic insurance information is accepted.

I just moved here from out of state, what do I need to register my vehicle?

Welcome!

Please begin by scheduling an appointment with us. Next, complete an Application To Title. If all owners are unable to stop in, please make sure they sign the bottom of the Application to Title and bring a copy of the front and back of their driver’s license.

You will need your title*, your auto insurance information including the company name, policy number, and policy expiration date (MM/DD/YYYY). Electronic insurance information is accepted. 

If there is a loan on the vehicle we will need the lien holder's name, address and the date of loan (MM/DD/YYY).

If this is a leased vehicle we will need a Power of Attorney from the leasing company authorizing you to register the vehicle in Minnesota and their Minnesota Tax Account number. Please bring your lease agreement and arrive with a completed and printed Application To Title and a Lesee Designation form. Note that because this is a leased vehicle the leasing company should be listed as the owner and their information listed on the Application To Title. Your information should be listed on the Lesee Designation form. If there is a loan on the vehicle that the leasing company would like listed we will need the lien holder's name, address and the date of loan (MM/DD/YYY).

Due to COVID-19 please expect longer wait times and processing delays.


* If you do not have your out of state title, you can bring the most current out of state registration card.

For further information visit dps.mn.gov or contact the Department of Public Safety at 651-297-2126.

I paid off my car loan and have a lien release- now what?

In Minnesota, regardless if you took out a loan for your vehicle or not, you will receive a Minnesota title in the mail.

If you have both your Minnesota title and lien release in hand, you have two options:

Option 1: Staple the title and lien together and put it in a safe place. Should you choose to sell or trade it in etc. you just have to hand both over. Due to COVID-19 this is the option we highly recommend.

Option 2: Begin by booking an appointment with us. Then stop in to submit the title and lien release to the State to request a clean title. There will be a filing fee charged. Please ensure the address on the title is your most current address. We will then take the originals and give you copies. Due to COVID-19 expect extended waiting times and significant processing delays.

If you lost your title please book an appointment with us, complete an application for a duplicate title, and bring both the form and the lien release in. We will release the lien when we order the duplicate title. (Fees may be applied to this transaction.)

For further information visit dps.mn.gov or contact the Department of Public Safety at 651-297-2126.

How much does it cost to transfer a vehicle?

The transfer fee is based on the age and the amount paid for the vehicle.

You can stop in with your vehicle identification number (VIN) or plate number and we are glad to calculate the fees for you. Due to COVID-19 please schedule an appointment and expect possible longer than usual wait times.

Or for a list of general title transfer fees, please click here.

For further information visit dps.mn.gov or contact the Department of Public Safety at 651-297-2126.

What do you accept for insurance on title transfers and tab renewals?

As of January 1st, 2016 you are required to provide your auto insurance company’s name, policy number and expiration date (MM/DD/YYYY).

Electronic insurance information is accepted.

How can I find out what I paid last year for my tabs?

Visit Driver and Vehicle Service Online Services and select “Find Tax Paid for a Motor Vehicle."

I've sold a vehicle- how do I report the sale?

We highly recommend stopping in with your buyer to ensure the transfer of your vehicle however, we understand that is not always convenient. Before giving the buyer the title have the buyer fully complete the "Seller’s Notice of Sale" located at the bottom of the Minnesota title and keep it for your record. You can then complete a report of sale online. You may also stop in and we can report the sale online as well however, you would have to Schedule an Appointment to do so.

Can I transfer my special plate now?

Yes, MNLARS is now capable of transferring special plates. Please schedule an appointment with us and then complete the Special Plate Application before stopping in.

For further information visit dps.mn.gov or contact the Department of Public Safety at 651-297-2126.

How can I reach the state with additional Driver Vehicle questions?

For further questions, contact the Department of Public Safety at 651-297-2126 or visit Driver Vehicle Services.

DNR and Game & Fish
All-terrain Vehicle (ATV) Registration

Purchased used ATV from another person:

Please complete an original Bill of Sale between you and the seller. All signatures on the Bill of Sale must be live ink signatures, no copies.

Purchased new ATV from the store or ATV dealer:

Begin by completing a DNR universal registration form. Then, bring the Manufacture's Statement of Origin (MCO) including the width of your ATV and your receipt with you. Be sure the receipt shows a breakdown of the charges, sales tax, and fees you paid.

Boat or Watercraft Registration

Purchased used boat or watercraft from another person:

Please complete an original Bill of Sale for a Boat & Trailer between you and the seller. All signatures on the Bill of Sale for a Boat and Trailer must be live ink signatures, no copies.

  • If the boat or watercraft is titled please complete the buyer's portion of the title and bring that with you. If there is a loan listed please have the lien release with you as well. Typically a boat or watercraft over 16 feet and/or previously had a loan is titled. Once it is titled it is always titled going forward.
  • If there was no trailer involved in the sale you may leave the trailer portion of the bill of sale blank.

Purchased new boat or watercraft from the store:

Begin by completing a DNR universal registration form. Then, bring the Manufacture's Statement of Origin (MCO) and your receipt with you. Be sure the receipt shows a breakdown of the charges, sales tax, and fees you paid.

  • New watercraft's that are both 10 feet or under and is non-motorized are not required to be registered in Minnesota. 
What if I lost my boat title?

If you've lost your boat title complete an Application for Duplicate Watercraft Title and mail it to the DNR.

Make $11 check or money order for remittance to:

MN Department of Natural Resources

License Center

500 Lafayette Rd

St. Paul, MN 55155-4026

Snowmobile Registration

Purchased used snowmobile from another person:

Please complete an original Bill of Sale between you and the seller. All signatures on the Bill of Sale must be live ink signatures, no copies.

Purchased new snowmobile from the store:

Begin by completing a DNR universal registration form. Then, bring the Manufacture's Statement of Origin (MCO) and your receipt with you. Be sure the receipt shows a breakdown of the charges, sales tax, and fees you paid.

What if I don't have my renewal notice from DNR?

If you are listed as an owner just bring your driver's license or identification. We can look you up and complete the renewal in DNR.

If someone else in stopping in on behalf of the owner only a notarized DNR Authorization form will be accepted on behalf of the owner. Please have the form completed and notarized and attach a copy of the owners driver's license or state issued identification card. The notarized DNR Authorization form must have a live ink signature, no copies.

If you would like to add a family member or friend to your non-titled ATV, watercraft, or snowmobile so that in the future they may be able to come in on there own please complete a Bill of Sale with you as the seller and then sign both yourself and that family member or friend back on as buyers. All signatures on the Bill of Sale must be live ink signatures, no copies.

Fishing Licenses

General fishing knowledge:

  • If you've never had a Game & Fish license the first time we register you into DNR your driver's license or identification and social security number is required.
  • All others who have had a Game & Fish license just needs to show a driver's license or identification with your request.
  • For combination licenses with a spouse only one person is required to be present. However, if it is your first time purchasing a combination license we do require additional information about your spouse and if last names do not match a marriage certificate is required as proof that first time.
  • Children under 16 do not require a license.  

What if I have additional DNR questions?

For additional information and questions visit Minnesota DNR. You may also reach the DNR at 651-296-6157 or 888-MINNDNR as well as by email at info.dnr@state.mn.us.

Other
What forms of payment do you accept?

Types of Payments Accepted:

  • Cash
  • Checks 
  • Visa*
  • MasterCard*
  • Discover*
  • American Express*

*A 2.49% credit/debit processing fee applies

Why are the wait times and lines so long?

Deputy Registrars are trying to keep wait times to a minimum; however, this is difficult with the state’s new Minnesota Licensing and Registration System and Covid-19. MNLARS has made it so that even the most simple transactions take anywhere from 5-20 minutes because much of the data work is completed up front while the customer is in-office. In addition to the new system closures due to COVID-19 has now added extended waiting times for those stopping in and significant processing delays thereafter. 

We are actively working as efficiently and accurately as possible and appreciate your patience at this time. However, please help us by ensuring you have all the necessary items needed for your particular transaction.

What should I bring to get a hunting or fishing license?

fishing reel.JPGTo purchase a hunting or fishing license, regardless of your age, you must either have your SSN on your DNR customer file or you can provide your Minnesota DL/ID. Please note this transaction is now a walk-up service on the lower level exterior of the City of New Brighton. Please arrive prepared, expect significant waiting times, and be mindful of the weather.  

Please note: We can not issue a hunting or fishing license without a valid Social Security number regardless of age.

To learn more please visit: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/hunting or call 651-296-6157.

Can I get a duplicate marriage license or birth certificate at your location?

No.

Unfortunately, we do not offer these services.

Please visit the Minnesota Department of Health Certificates and Records for information on forms and locations.

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What is Senior's Hour?

Senior's Hour is Monday - Friday 7:00 am - 8:00 am with no appointment required for any transaction. Due to time constraints the first 10 seniors will receive a number ticket to guarantee service. All other seniors will be serviced if time allows. This added service will run through July 2nd, 2020.