By John Holler Correspondent:
The last time the State of Minnesota’s Department of Public Safety rolled out a comprehensive change to its licensing procedures – the ill-fated MNLARS (Minnesota Licensing and Registration System) program – it was an unmitigated disaster. The $93 million program dealing with vehicle titles and license tabs has been beset with problems as a replacement of its antiquated computer system. It is estimated that MNLARS will need an additional $43 million in funding to fix and become fully operational. Starting in August, the Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services Department will roll out newly designed driver’s licenses to replace the current driver’s licenses as the first step in the implementation of the Real ID program – designed to make identification cards more difficult to counterfeit. The new cards will start being used in August, but the Real ID program itself won’t be officially in force until October 1.
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