Back in May, Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill containing a legislation that will allow the New Brighton License Bureau to become a full-service agent.
Previous legislation didn’t allow more than one full service DMV within a 10-mile radius. However, a number of the local government bureaus within a 10-mile radius wanted New Brighton to be full service to reduce customer volumes at their able facilities.
This means that the license bureau will be able to renew and issue new driver’s licenses and ID cards.
Currently, the license bureau can only make address changes and duplicate licenses and ID cards. Before the license bureau can become an official full-service agent, the city has to submit an application to the Department of Public Safety, purchase all the necessary equipment, remodel the office, provide training, and hire additional staff.
“It is our hope to begin offering these services yet this year,” said City Manager Dean Lotter.
Beginning in 2018, the New Brighton License Bureau will also be able to issue driver’s licenses and ID cards that comply with the federal REAL ID Act.
Mayor Val Johnson stated, “expanding the services offered at the New Brighton License Bureau accomplishes several City Council goals.”
One is to provide better services to the residents of New Brighton, and to generate more fee based revenues for the City.
“This in turn helps keep the property tax in check,” said Johnson, “Many residents and visitors have requested the ability to renew their driver’s licenses at the License Bureau, so this is a welcome addition.”
The change came after New Brighton’s state legislators Sen. Caroline Laine, Rep. Connie Bernardy and Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein pushed to pass this legislation in the 2017 session.
The New Brighton License Bureau is located at 803 Old Highway 8 NW.