Minnesota DMV's open their doors to long lines and wait times

By 830 WCCO

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is reopening 16 motor vehicle offices around the state to start to deal with a backlog of driver tests and exams. “I’ve been waiting for two hours,” said Nick Tillmann, who is in line to get his motorcycle license. “I’m a pretty patient guy, so this doesn’t bother me.”

As the cars moved closer to the building, they were greeted by a worker who told them they would have to get their temperature checked before proceeding.  Lane Kadlec is driving her boyfriend so he can renew a suspended license, “We’re only here for one signature, it’s like please just let us in.” She said.

Once inside the building, employees wore masks inside and did the public. There is Plexi-glass barriers in place, and social distancing guidelines are in place.

The locations that are open are in St. Paul, Arden Hills, Anoka, Eagan, Plymouth, Rochester, Mankato, Marshall, Willmar, Detroit Lakes, St. Cloud, Duluth, Grand Rapids, and Bemidji.

 All road tests are by appointment only, and officials say priority will be given to those who had their appointments canceled during the stay at home order.