State officials say all of Minnesota’s 93 drivers license exam stations will re-open by the end of January, but Republican Senator Mark Johnson from East Grand Forks says it should never have taken this long to recover from pandemic shutdowns.  Driver and Vehicle Services Director Pong Xiong  says it’s been a challenge to renegotiate leases or in some cases find new spaces — and staffing has also been difficult:

“A lot of other folks in different industries can really relate to staffing for positions that require you to be in-person, and these examiner positions are one of those.  It’s been really difficult to fill these positions.”

Senator Johnson says people in all areas of Minnesota deserve access to essential driver’s license services and he’s “not letting up on the throttle” for his constituents.