Brown County Browser: License bureaus dealing with changes

Brown County Browser

License Bureaus across that state have undergone many changes this summer with more to come within the next year. As you may have heard, the State of Minnesota implemented the long awaited new program for license vehicles on July 24.

This new program is called the Minnesota Licensing and Registrations System. MNLARS replaces an antiquated computer system developed in the 1980’s. Planning began prior to 2008 and was realized this summer. A benefit to this new system is “real time” updated records, which benefits law enforcement and vehicle owners, along with faster title processing. The transactions completed at our office may take longer to complete, as records are updated with you, the vehicle owner, still present at our counter.

While some processes cannot yet be done, we are anticipating enhancements within the next few months. As always, we ask for your patience with our staff as we try to serve each customer to the best of our ability within the current limitations of the new system.

In May, Governor Dayton signed the Real ID law that brings Minnesota into compliance with federal regulations regarding our Minnesota driver’s license. The real ID will be available by October 2018. We expect further details will be forthcoming from St. Paul this fall.

If you are a snowbird, and your licenses expire while you are gone, you can renew your driver’s license or car tabs before you leave for warmer weather. You do not need your notice as we are able to access your records by your current driver’s license and insurance cards.

Speaking of insurance, always remember to fill out your insurance information on your tab notice before visiting our office. This will save you time and expedite the process.

As always, please support our local office. We rely on the $6 filing fee collected on registration renewals. When renewals are done online or by mail, that fee stays in St. Paul and is lost revenue for this local office. We encourage you to keep your business local so we can continue to serve all your licensing needs now and in the future.

The staff at the Brown County License Bureau wishes you a safe and productive fall.

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