Old Minnesota driver's licenses to be perforated instead of clipped

Starting July 6, Minnesota driver's licenses and state-issued identification cards will be perforated with the word "VOID" to be invalidated, using a special hole punch on the left side of the card by the photo. This replaces the old method of a clipped corner.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DVS) is making the change so the state complies with federal law. To reduce errors, all Minnesota cards will be processed this way, not just commercial driver's licenses, state DPS officials said.

All DVS exam stations, driver's license agent offices and correctional facilities will be equipped to start the change July 6. The requirements for invalidating a driver's license are not changing.

3 times driver's licenses and ID cards are invalidated

- Application to renew a Minnesota license, instruction permit or identification card

- Application for a duplicate Minnesota license

- Application for a Minnesota license or permit when the customer is a transfer from another U.S. state
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