Frequently Asked Questions

 General Questions
When are your busiest and slowest times?
  • We strive to provide the quickest service in the Metro area regardless of when you come in to our office. We like to think that, even during certain typically busy times of the day or month, you'll get in and out of our office quicker then you would at any other License Services in the area.
  • Some of the busier times may be:
    • End of the month, 1st of the month, 10th of the month
    • Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays
    • Lunch rush - roughly 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • End of day rush - roughly 4:30 p.m. until close of business.

How can I get my tabs if I don't have that little reminder notice the state sends out?
  • If you do not have your renewal notice from the state, you can purchase your tabs from us if you are the registered owner and you bring us your driver's license (DL) and license plate number.
  • If you are not the registered owner of the vehicle you must have signed authorization allowing you to purchase the tabs for the owner. The signed authorization document must contain the vehicle year, make, model, plate number, and VIN number, as well as the owner's full name and driver's license number. The document must have the original signature; photocopies and faxes will not not accepted.

My drivers license/state ID is lost or stolen. How can I get a duplicate?
  • We can help you replace your lost or stolen Minnesota driver's license/state ID with the state of Minnesota ID photo and signature on file. The cost is $12.75.

I need to register my car in Minnesota for the first time. What do I do?
  • The following is a checklist of the items we will need in order to help you register your vehicle in Minnesota for the first time:
    • Your current ID from Minnesota or another state;
    • If you purchased your car in another state, and will be transferring the car into your name in Minnesota, we need the title or manufacturer's certificate of origin, signed off by the seller or dealership you purchased the car from;
    • If you are already the registered owner, and you're moving to Minnesota from another state, we need the title and/or most current registration from the state you're leaving; and,
    • If you have a loan on your vehicle, we will need the name and address of the bank where the loan originates, as well as the date the loan began.

How do I transfer a Title?
  • Please bring the title of the vehicle to our office. If the title cannot be located, the current registered owner needs to apply for a duplicate title. You can apply for a duplicate title at our office.
  • Be very careful when filling out the title. Any alteration or erasure voids the title. This applies to any information you might write on the title - sales date, mileage, names of buyers/sellers, boxes you might check off, etc. If you're not sure, wait until you're in our office. We'll help you fill everything out safely and correctly.
  • If there is a lien holder listed on the title, the seller needs to obtain a notarized lien release form from the bank before the transfer can take place. This is necessary even if you paid the loan off years ago. If the bank is still listed on the title, a lien release is required.
  • All current registered owners must sign off as sellers before the transfer can be completed.
  • Although the seller(s) are not required to be here in person, it is often wise to accompany your buyer to our office to witness the transfer for yourself. Until the title is turned in and the sales tax and other fees are paid, you remain the registered owner. This means that you might be liable for any legal actions involving that car - unpaid parking tickets, property damage, etc.
  • The buyer needs to provide a current drivers license or state ID.
  • On all vehicles 10 years old or newer, the mileage as it appears on the odometer needs to be recorded.

How Much Is It Going To Cost?
  • For many of the services we provide, we won't know an exact cost until you're here in person and we've had a chance to look at all your paperwork.
 Forms of Payment

In addition to cash, AAA Minneapolis accepts the following methods of payment:

  • Check
    • Only local checks are accepted
    • Personal checks must be presented by the account holder; we do not accept blank or starter checks
    • A current government-issued photo ID must be presented by the account holder
    • All checks are verified through Global Payments; checks declined by Global Payments will not be accepted
    • All returned checks will be subject to a $30.00 service fee
    • Personal checks must be made payable to AAA for the exact amount:



  • Cashiers Check/Money Order
    • Your Cashier's Check or Money Order must be issued from a local institution
    • This form of payment is accepted only Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Credit Card
    • Discover, MasterCard and VISA credit cards are accepted
    • You must have a current government-issued photo ID
    • A convenience fee of 2.45% will be added to your total fees. This fee goes directly to your credit card vendor
       

 Costs

Registration cost
Passenger Class (cars, vans and pickup trucks)

Cost is determined in part upon the base value and year of the vehicle. 
  • The tax due when a vehicle is registered for the first time in Minnesota is determined in part upon the base value of the vehicle as provided by manufacturer when the vehicle was new and the vehicle age. The amount of first-time registration can vary a lot. The newer and more expensive your vehicle is, the more registration you'll pay.
  • Subsequent renewals will gradually decrease in cost each year. Once your vehicle is ten years old or older, you'll pay a flat rate of $35 to renew your auto tabs.

Please contact us for assistance in determining tax.

Drivers License and ID costs
  • Regular passenger (Class D) drivers license - $26.25
  • Commercial (Class A) drivers license - $45.75
  • Commercial (Class B) drivers license - $37.25
  • Instruction Permit - $14.25
  • State ID - $20.25
  • State ID (Senior) - $16.50
  • Duplicate Drivers license or ID - $15.75
 Accepted Primary and Secondary Documents
  • You must present either a Minnesota driver's license, identification card or instruction permit that is current or not expired more than five years if it has a color image of the applicant.
  • A Minnesota driver's license, identification card or instruction permit that is current or not to be expired more than one year if it does not have a color image of the applicant.

    If you do not have such a document you must present one primary document AND one secondary document.

PRIMARY DOCUMENTS
  • Certified copy of a birth certificate issued by a government bureau of vital statistics or board of health in the United States, District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands.
  • United States Department of State Certificate of Birth Abroad, FS-545 or DS-1350
  • United States Embassy Report of Birth Abroad of a United States Citizen, FS-240
  • Certified copy of an adoption certificate from a United States court
  • Unexpired United States Department of Defense identification card DD-2
  • Valid unexpired US passport
  • Valid unexpired passport from a country other than the US with a valid unexpired INS I-94 arrival and departure form or an unexpired I-551 stamp
  • A Canadian birth certificate or naturalization certificate with a valid I-94 form attached. Must be presented with a photo Secondary Document issued by a Canadian government agency.
  • One of the following unexpired documents issued by the United State Department of Justice:
    • Certificate of Naturalization, N-550, N-570, N-578
    • Certificate of Citizenship, N-560, N-561, N-645
    • US Citizen Identification card, I-179, I-197
    • Permanent Resident or Resident Alien Card, I-551 or I-151 that is valid
    • Northern Mariana Card, I-873
    • American Indian Card, I-872
    • Employment Authorization card with photo, I-688, I-688A, or I-688B or I-766
    • Re-entry Permit/Refugee Travel Document, I-571
    • All documents are subject to verification and may not be altered.
    • Any document not in English must be accompanied by an approved English translation.
    • The name of the state-issued document will be that on the Primary document unless other documents are presented showing a change in legal name.

SECONDARY DOCUMENTS
  • Another primary document
  • Driver's license, identification card, or permit issued by a U.S. state other than Minnesota, by the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, or a Canadian province or territory, expired for more than one year but not more than five years, with a color image of the applicant.
  • Photo driver's license, state identification card or permit issued by a U.S. state other than Minnesota, or by the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, or a Canadian province or territory, that is current or expired for not more than five years
  • Certified copy of a United States or Canadian court order with full legal name and date of birth
  • United States or Canadian government jurisdiction employee photo identification card
  • Certified copy of a birth certificate from a government jurisdiction other than the United States, District of Columbia, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, or Puerto Rico
  • Current Department of Defense identification card, DD-1173 or DD-214
  • Certified copy of applicant�s government issued marriage certificate
  • Unexpired permit to carry a firearm or concealed weapon issued with photo by a United States police department or sheriff
  • Current pilot�s license issued by the FAA
  • Certified secondary or post-secondary school transcript containing full legal name and date of birth
  • United States nonmetal, non-laminated social security card or Canadian social insurance card
  • Current secondary school student identification card with student�s name, a photograph, and date of birth or unique identification number
 Twin Cities Metro Area Driver Testing Stations

Northwest Metro
530 W. Main Street, Suite 5
Anoka, MN 55303
Tel: (763) 422-3401

Written test: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Road test: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


North Metro
5400 Old Highway #8 (35W & County Road 1)
Arden Hills, MN 55112
Tel: (651) 639-4057

Written test: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Road test: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Motorcycle and moped tests: Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.


Southwest Metro
418 Pine Street S, Suite B
Chaska, MN 55318
Tel: (952) 448-3740

Written test: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Road test: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


South Metro
2070 Cliff Road
Eagan, MN 55122
Tel: (651) 688-1870

Written test: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Road test: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

Southeast Metro
217 Ramsey St.
Hastings, MN 55033

Written test: Mon. - Tues., Thurs. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Road test: Mon. - Tues., Thurs. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Motorcycle only road tests report to Hastings Armory

 

Midtown/Minneapolis
2929 Chicago Ave. So.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Tel: (612) 348-4884

Written test ONLY: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.



West Metro
2455 Fernbrook Lane
Plymouth, MN 55447
Tel: (952) 476-3042

Written test: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Road test: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.



Midway/St. Paul
1472 University Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55104
Tel: (651) 639-4057

Written test ONLY: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.





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