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Wednesday, July 26, 2017


In-car computers will now be accessing MNLARS.
As this blog is being posted, Minnesota is transitioning its 30-year-old Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) mainframe records system to MNLARS—the Minnesota License and Registration System. This is a large project that includes linking 6.4 million vehicle records with 4.1 million driver records. The system involves partnerships with law enforcement, local, state and federal agencies, courts, deputy registrars, and drivers’ license agents.

The new system will look a little different but is designed to be intuitive, and training will not be necessary. When fully implemented, MNLARS will increase data integrity and system security, increase fraud protection, and improve accessibility to information. It will also improve support to its wide range of end users. Full migration onto the new system will not be complete until 2018.

Some of the new changes include a larger address field, the color of a vehicle now being mandatory, and the vehicle descriptions will now match the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) codes. The NCIC is the federal computerized index of criminal justice information.

Be sure to alert your non-system users who use information from the system to these changes. These users include police department support staff, city and county attorneys, and their staff as well.

If you have further questions about MNLARS, contact the BCA Service Desk at

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