Nicollet County won’t be able to offer motor vehicle services Thursday through July 24 due to a statewide computer upgrade.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Driver and Vehicle Services division is replacing its existing computer system, which will also shut down the state’s online vehicle tab renewal and other DVS online services.
“We will still have driver’s license, game and fish licenses available,” said Jaci Kopet, manager of public services for Nicollet County.
Residents who need vehicle registrations completed in July should take special note. The update will take computers offline Thursday, Friday and likely most to all of the day on July 24. In addition to the Nicollet County office hours shutdown, state and larger regional DVS offices will be closed on Saturday, July 22.
Due to the computer system upgrades, the state division says people who have become accustomed to ordering license tabs online may experience delays in receiving new license plate stickers.
The state DVS and county office systems processed more than 1.8 million driver’s license and ID cards in 2016. Also, more than 1.4 million vehicle titles were issues and more than 7 million vehicles registered.
The computer upgrades will be replacing the current 30-year-old mainframe, according to the state DVS. It will be replacing the system used for motor vehicle and driver’s license transactions and record information.
“Once the new system is in place, turnaround time for title transactions will be reduced and customers will leave the office knowing their vehicle record has been updated in real time instead of experiencing a delay in the process,” according to the state DVS press release.
Kopet said the new system will eliminate the current system in which both county and state staff enter data on motor vehicles before…