MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota’s Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) reopened 14 of its exam stations Monday, with a crowd of more than 100 people waiting in line at the Arden Hills location.

The first people arrived around 6 a.m., and the line sustained itself through much of the morning into the afternoon. A similar crowd was seen at the Anoka location.

Heather Asmussen came to get a motorcycle permit. She bought a motorcycle last week as a quarantine birthday present to herself.

“I’m a stay at home mom to two kids, Asmussen said. “Yeah I need something.”

There were around 100 people lined up outside the DVS exam center at noon.

Some were spaced six feet apart, others were not. About half of the people in line were wearing a mask. Every person in line had to have a brief health screening.

Services are still limited. It’s permit applications, knowledge tests, motorcycle and commercial license road tests only right now.

The open service locations are:

– St Paul
– Arden Hills
– Anoka
– Eagan
– Plymouth
– Rochester
– Mankato
– Marshall
– Willmar
– Detroit Lakes
– St. Cloud
– Duluth
– Grand Rapids
– Bemidji

Those locations will also reopen to Class D road tests on May 26, by appointment only. Priority will be given to those whose appointments were cancelled due to the stay-at-home order.

MORE: Driver and Vehicle Services Website

Hours for all services are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exam stations will be closed Tuesday, May 24 to observe Memorial Day.

Christiane Cordero