Exclamation PonitNOTICE TO BROWN COUNTY TAXPAYERS: The 2023 Property Tax Statements will be mailed on March 31, 2023.
If you are on a Quarterly Direct Pay, which would usually come out at the end of March, your first payment will be pulled on April 10, 2023.

Brown County License Bureau


  • The License Bureau is open and all services are available for in-person transactions.
  • The cut-off time for processing driver’s license/ID renewals and title transactions is 4:00 p.m.
  • The US Dept. of Homeland deadline for requirement of the Real ID, Enhanced DL or Passport to board a domestic flight has been extended to May 7, 2025.
  • Questions? Reach out to us via email at licbureau@co.brown.mn.us or call (507) 359-6570. We have high call volume so please leave a message so we can get back to you.

The Brown County License Bureau processes Standard, REAL, Enhanced driver’s licenses and State ID cards.

Hours: Monday–Friday from 8am to 4pm

Please complete the pre-application online before arriving at the license bureau.

New to Minnesota?

If you are new to the State of Minnesota, you are required to take a written test to obtain your Minnesota license.  New residents have 60 days after moving to the state to obtain a Minnesota driver's license.

The below links will take you to the corresponding MN State Driver and Vehicle Services Website.

Vehicle registration can be renewed in-person, through the drop-box at the License Bureau or mailed to 1900 North Franklin Street, New Ulm, MN 56073.

  • Registration tabs need to be purchased by the last day of the month displayed on your license plate.
  • Insurance information for motor vehicles must be provided at the time of registration per Minnesota State Statute 169.798 Subd. 4. Proof of insurance includes the insurance company name, policy number and policy expiration date.
  • You must be the registered owner of a vehicle to purchase tabs. You may authorize another person to purchase tabs for your vehicle by providing your renewal notice to them or signing an authorization form.
  • The State of Minnesota requires license plate replacement every 7 years. You will notice an additional fee on your renewal notice when your vehicle is due for new plates.
  • Keep a portion of your money in your county! The filing fee for vehicle registration renewals is kept in the county if you process your renewal through our office.

Road & Written Tests

New Residents

  • New Residents have 60 days after moving to the state to obtain a Minnesota Driver's License
  • Must pass the Minnesota State written test

CDL & Motorcycle

  • CDL & Motorcycle knowledge tests are offered Thursdays from 10am to 11:15am in New Ulm
  • These test are on a walk-in basis and do not require an appointment

MN State Driver and Vehicle Services Websites

The Brown County License Bureau processes title transfers Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

MN State DVS Vehicle Title Transfer Services

  • When someone moves to Minnesota, they must submit an out-of- state title or current registration if the title is unavailable. New residents have 60 days after moving to the state to obtain Minnesota license plates.
  • Applicants must provide driver's license or state-issued identification card.
  • If there is a lien against the vehicle, the owner must provide the name and complete address of the lender, as well as the date of the loan.
  • The owner's signature is required on the Minnesota title application.
  • All sellers must sign a title.
  • New owners have 10 days to transfer a title.

Inspections are by appointment only.  Visit drive.mn.gov to schedule an appointment.  If you need assistance with scheduling, please call 651-282-2173.

Minnesota DNR Licenses and Reigistrations can be purchased at this location.

Minnesota DNR Online Resources:  RegulationsLicenses | Off-Highway Vehicle Registration

Minnesota DNR Bill of Sale Requirements

  • Year
  • Model
  • Manufacturer
  • Serial or Hull Identification Number (HIN)
  • Seller- current registered owner must sign
  • Length
  • Registration number
  • Date of sale
  • Purchase amount
  • Buyers- all buyers must sign the bill of sale. All signatures must be original. They may not be pre-printed or photo-copied.

All signatures must be original. They may not be pre-printed or photo-copied.

The License Bureau offers contactless service options for certain transactions:

  • Passenger class vehicle renewals (tabs)
  • CDL medical certificates
  • Disability certificate renewals
  • Title transfers
  • Other deputy registrar services

Services will still to be offered through mail or drop-box located on the Franklin Street side of the License Bureau parking lot. All transactions will be processed and returned via mail.


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Contact License Bureau

Office Hours:  Monday to Friday  from 8 am - 4:30 pm

For driver’s licenses, IDs, or title transactions, we ask that you please arrive no later than 4:00 pm with all necessary documents to allow time to complete these complex transactions prior to our closing time.

Located at the Brown County License Bureau - Map (PDF)

1900 N Franklin St.
New Ulm, MN 56073

Telephone: (507) 359-6570
Fax: (507) 359-6575

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Office Hours: 8am to 4:30pm
(most offices)

Main Office Phone: 507-233-6600

Courthouse Address:
14 S State St
New Ulm, MN 56073

Individual Office Hours may vary.


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