At a state senate hearing focused on reopening Driver and Vehicle Services testing sites across the state DPS commissioner John Harrington told lawmakers he expects progress soon.

“I can tell you I expect many of these exam stations to be open this fall, and every one of them to be open by January.”

Harrington cited staffing concerns as a large reason some offices remain closed but said he is hearing from Minnesotans every day about the problem.

“Farmers who have been calling me to figure out cdl tests for truck drivers so they can get their crops in. Calls from school districts asking about how we can get school bus drivers tests so we can get our kids to school.”

The hearing was prompted by a letter from lawmakers to Harrington earlier this month asking why stations closed in reaction to COVID-19 remained shuttered despite the legislature allocating money for them to reopen this summer.

Harrington says the department has a plan in place to get all the exam stations operating again.

“I can assure you that the DVS reopening plan, and the plan to reopen exam stations is now the top priority for DVS.”