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Motor Vehicle/Driver's License

Paynesville's Motor Vehicle/Driver's License is located at the City Hall, 221 Washburne Ave.

Motor Vehicle/Driver's License Hours:

Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For questions, call City Hall at (320) 243-3714

Motor Vehicle

Insurance Information Required to Register Motor Vehicles 

New Law takes Effect Jan. 1, Aims to Reduce the Number of People Driving without Insurance 

ST. PAUL — Minnesotans who are registering, renewing license tabs or transferring ownership of motor vehicles and motorcycles will need to provide insurance information under a law change that takes effect on Jan. 1.

The Minnesota Legislature changed state law last session to require insurance information for vehicle registration. Prior to the change, the law required owners to attest that the motor vehicle or motorcycle was covered by an insurance policy during the registration process; the specific policy information was not required.

Information required 
Every owner, when applying for motor vehicle or motorcycle registration, renewing their tabs, or transferring ownership, must provide information showing that the motor vehicle or motorcycle is covered by an insurance policy. Owners will need to provide the following information under the new law: 

    • Name of insurance company
    • Policy number
    • Expiration date of the policy

Driver's License Testing

Written knowledge tests will ONLY be
offered on the 2nd Thursday of the month
between 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm.
No appointment is necessary.
Road Tests
Appointments are required for road tests.
Road tests are now offered on the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Thursdays only.
Paynesville motor vehicle does not schedule road test appointments.
Call (320) 255-3044 to make an 
appointment and tell the examiners if you wish to test in Paynesville or go to
Then on the left in the middle of the page click on More Services, click on Schedule a Skills Test.
Driver's License renewals can be done Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.  Social Security Numbers are now required on Driver's License Applications.
All drivers renewing their CDL license  will be required to provide a document from the following list that meets the proof of citizenship requirement.

-Valid, unexpired U.S. passport or passport card
-Certified copy of birth certificate from any U.S. state
-Consular report of birth abroad issued by the U.S. Department or state
- Certificate of Naturalization or Certificate of Citizenship issued by U.S. Department of Homeland Security
-Valid unexpired Permanent Resident Card
Unexpired employment authorization document issued by USCIS or an unexpired foreign passport accompanied by an approved I-94 form.

If the name on the above document is different from the current name on the CDL, the customer must also present proof of the legal name change(s). Acceptable proof consists of certified marriage certificates, certified divorce decrees or other certified court orders. Divorce decrees or other court orders must specify the name change. Identity and name change documents need to show a clear link between the citizenship or permanent residency document and current name.


Alice McColley
Motor Vehicle Specialist
221 Washburne Avenue
Paynesville, MN 56362
(320) 243-3714 extension 236




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