Covid-19 Update

Sept 22

This page is designated for updates regarding EDI's status. Please check here first for any questions and for information on how we are moving forward.
The link below takes you to the Department of Public Safety for any Covid-19 questions.
Adam Newbloom

Founder of EDI

"We are back to Semi-Normal Operations :)  See Below"  

CLASSROOM TRAINING: 

EDI has been approved to offer a Live Online Classroom Option for our Teen Driver's who have currently signed up and/or sign up for a future class while we are under restriction.  For July  &  August we will be providing both Online & In-Class Options. Either way, we will still be providing the top-quality instruction you expect from EDI!  Click on the New Student tab above to get started. 

DRIVING LESSONS:  

Starting May 18th, EDI resumed our Behind-the-wheel Lessons schedule.  Students are able to log back into their account and sign up for upcoming time slots.  The following conditions must be met in order to schedule and complete a driving lesson:
1)  Students must show up healthy and well rested for their lesson.
2)  Students are required to bring and wear a mask during driving lessons (Instructors will be as well).  EDI does not have masks available so be prepared and bring one.
3)  Our training vehicles will be wiped down between each lesson.  

EDI PROGRAM AGREEMENT UPDATE: (please read in full before contacting us) 

In the months April and May,  we had a full Behind-the-Wheel schedule that had to be cancelled due to the State Shutdown.  The Majority of those students followed our recommended training schedule and were signed up to complete their final driving lesson.   Those situations have all been rescheduled and made right by EDI as we recovered from the shutdown.  

EDI has also extended a number of contracts for students that were on track to complete by May 31st, however the 6-week shutdown prevented that.  All and All, EDI has worked with over 175 families who followed our recommended training schedule as their efforts to stay on track meant they were committed to our training philosophy. 

While there are some students who had their agreement expire during or shortly after the date EDI reopened, we are not able to extend (without a fee), unless you could have completed our our program "in full, despite April being full & following our 30 day between lesson policy" if not for the shutdown.   Sadly, EDI has received some negativity from Parents who feel even though they did not follow our training program and were not on track to complete before their expiration date, they should be "given" more time without a fee.  Unfortunately, EDI cannot be successful and continue to provide the highest level of training this way.  There are many driving schools who will close their doors after this due to poor structure and low expectations as they are now backed up until fall/winter with driving lessons - with little revenue coming in (We have already had over a dozen transfer to EDI from other schools).  The State of MN is a perfect example of poor planning and low expectations.   EDI stands proud that we still have over 100 time slots open this month!  Because we care, plan ahead and make sure we hold families and ourselves to the highest of standards.  

We have concluded the time table for "no-fee" extensions as all students who had a lesson cancelled by EDI during the shutdown period have been reschedule.  If you have not completed your training with EDI and your agreement has expired or will be expiring, please click below to get your extension completed so we can get you finished up (we are approving all extensions (w/fee) due to the shutdown and challenging start to 2020).  In the past fee based extensions were reviewed on a case by case basis.  We appreciate your understanding and lets focus on our goal to get our new driver's back on the road and trained by the best! 

 

The extension fee is $75 if you have started your road training ($100 if you have not completed any driving hours).  Click below  for more information.  

 

STATE  PERMIT AND ROAD TESTING - Updated 7/8/20

THIS IS A FRUSTRATING TIME, HOWEVER PLEASE BE PATIENT AS THE STATE RECOVERS AND WORKS TO GET EVERYONE CAUGHT UP.

DPS-DVS TO OFFER KNOWLEDGE TESTS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

BEGINNING JULY 13 Minnesotans can Schedule Knowledge Test Appointments Online at Open Exam Stations

 

ST. PAUL — Instead of waiting in line, Minnesotans will now be able to schedule appointments online for class D knowledge tests at any of the 14 regional DVS exam stations.

 

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DPS-DVS) is discontinuing class D knowledge tests on a first-come-first served basis and will require appointments beginning Monday, July 13.

 

“There is a high demand for knowledge tests, because DVS exam stations were closed for eight weeks,” Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services Director Emma Corrie said. “People have had to adjust their lives and schedules in order to arrive at exam stations early to try to take the knowledge test. We want to make things easier for Minnesotans and reduce the time they need to spend at exam stations.”

 

What to expect

Minnesotans will need to book appointments online at drive.mn.gov. The appointment-scheduling tool will be available beginning Friday, July 10. Beginning July 13, DVS exam stations will not accept walk-ins for class D knowledge tests; an appointment will be required.

 

Commercial knowledge testing and the motorcycle knowledge test will continue to be offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

 

Appointment information

DPS-DVS will offer an average of 790 class D knowledge test appointments daily at 14 regional exam stations statewide. These locations are open: St. Paul, Arden Hills, Anoka, Eagan, Plymouth, Rochester, Mankato, Marshall, Willmar, Detroit Lakes, St. Cloud, Duluth, Grand Rapids, and Bemidji. Exam stations are only offering a certain number of knowledge tests at one time in order to maintain social distancing in light of COVID-19.

 

To schedule an appointment:

·         Go to drive.mn.gov.

·         Select Schedule or Reschedule an Exam.

·         Follow the prompts.

 

Anyone who cannot keep an appointment should cancel their appointment online at drive.mn.gov with as much notice as possible so that appointment can be opened up for someone else.

 

Come prepared

Minnesotans will be required to complete a wellness screening before entering the exam station and should come prepared.

·         Wear a face mask (required).

·         Bring required documents.

·         Know your social security number.

·         Bring check, cash or money order to pay the instruction permit fee and the retesting fee, if applicable.

o    There is a $10 test fee for third or subsequent knowledge tests after failing the first two.

·         If you are younger than 18:

o    You must be at least 15 years old.

o   Bring your certificate of enrollment (blue card) proving that you completed classroom instruction and are signed up for behind-the-wheel instruction, or bring your certificate of enrollment (pink card) proving that you are currently enrolled in a concurrent driver education course and have completed the first 15 classroom hours of the curriculum.

o   A parent, court-appointed guardian, county-appointed foster parent or the director of the transitional living program you reside in will need to come with to sign and approve your application.

o    If completed, bring the supplemental parental curriculum completion certificate.

 

How to stay updated

DPS-DVS answers frequently asked questions related to how COVID-19 is affecting DVS services on the DVS COVID-19 FAQ webpage.

Road Tests

(Message from the State)  Road tests will resume on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, by appointment only.  Anyone without an appointment will be turned away.  Once again there will be safety precautions put in place for those taking the road test that need to be followed.  All appointments that were cancelled during the closure of exam stations will be notified through e-mail and text message on how to reschedule.  They will have priority when re-scheduling their appointment, but will have to go to one of the above mentioned exam stations for the road test.

OR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2020

DVS Exam Stations Reopen; Changes in Place in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Minnesotans Should be Prepared for Changes when Visiting Local Offices

ST. PAUL — Minnesotans will once again be able to access the majority of driver and vehicle services starting May 19, but office visits will look different with changes made to protect the health and safety of customers and staff in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DPS-DVS) is implementing a plan to efficiently and effectively address road tests that were cancelled during the governor’s stay at home order and those whose driver’s license or identification card expired during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency. DPS-DVS is planning to resume class D road tests on May 26, with those who had their appointments canceled during the stay at home order given priority. New class D road test appointments are not available to the public at this time. 

 

“Thank you for your patience during this uncertain and stressful time for all Minnesotans. DPS-DVS has been working very hard to find safe, fair solutions to resume services that have been unavailable during the stay at home order,” Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services Director Emma Corrie said. “We are prioritizing the needs of Minnesotans who couldn’t take their knowledge or road test during the past several weeks by allowing DPS-DVS exam station staff to focus on testing services.”

 

Exam Stations and DVS Offices Reopening
DPS-DVS is reopening 16 exam stations to serve customers statewide and extending hours of operation at each location to offer dedicated time for road retests. The locations are: St. Paul, Arden Hills, Anoka, Eagan, Plymouth, Rochester, Mankato, Fairmont (road test only, opening May 26), Marshall, Willmar, Detroit Lakes, St. Cloud, Brainerd, Duluth, Grand Rapids, and Bemidji. 

  • From May 19-22, these exam stations will be open 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to serve customers.

    • Available services: knowledge tests, permit applications, motorcycle and commercial driver’s license (CDL) road tests.

  • ​Exam stations are closed May 25 for Memorial Day. 

  • Beginning May 26, these exam stations will begin offering class D road tests in addition to other services 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

    • Available services: knowledge tests, class D road tests, motorcycle and CDL road tests, and permit and driver’s license applications that require a test. Note: The St. Paul Exam Station does not offer road tests. Fairmont only offers road tests.

    • All road tests are by appointment only. Priority will be given to those who had their appointments canceled during the stay at home order. New class D road test appointments are not available to the public at this time.

    • DPS-DVS exam stations will add an extra hour to the beginning and end of each business day to administer road retests. These will be done by appointment only from 7-8 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The remaining exam stations will remain closed in order to be more efficient and expand the number of tests offered on a daily basis. The exam stations that aren’t reopening only offered road tests several times per week, requiring examiners to travel to exam stations within the region in order to conduct tests. Focusing on the 16 regional exam stations allows examiners to remain at one exam station and use the time they would have spent traveling conducting more tests. 

 

Independently owned and operated deputy registrar and driver’s license agent offices can reopen to offer their normal driver and vehicle services at their counters beginning May 18. Visit the DVS locations page to find a list of offices and services.

 

What to Expect During Your Office Visit
DPS-DVS is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines to implement social distancing and sanitizing strategies to stop the spread of COVID-19. These include: 

  • Wellness screenings for staff and customers:  

    • DVS staff will be asked health-screening questions before starting their workday. DVS staff will ask customers the same series of health-screening questions before they enter the exam station including: 

      • ​Have you been in close and prolonged physical contact (within less than 6 feet for at least 10 minutes) with an individual who has tested positive for or been diagnosed with COVID-19, or exposed to their cough or sneeze, within the last 14 calendar days; or have you tested positive for or been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 calendar days?

      • Have you had a fever or felt feverish in the past 72 hours? 

      • Have you taken any fever-reducing medication to reduce a fever in the past 72 hours? 

      • Have you had cough, shortness of breath, or any other symptoms of COVID-19 (muscle aches, headache, sore throat, diarrhea, or loss of taste or smell) within the last 72 hours? 

    • DVS staff will conduct a temperature check optional).

    • If the DVS staff or a customer has a fever of 100.4 or higher, answers “yes” to any of the health screening questions, or refuses to answer the questions they will not be allowed to enter the exam stations. 

  • Social distancing: 

    • Exam stations will have social distancing signs and floor decals to help customers and staff maintain the recommended six feet social distance.

    • Plexiglass is installed at counters to provide a barrier between customers and exam staff. 

    • Lines may be longer and extend outside at exam stations due to the required six feet between customers. Customers should dress for the elements and plan accordingly.

  • Personal Protective Equipment:

    • DVS staff will wear a face mask inside exam stations. DVS recommends customers wear face masks while inside exam stations for the safety of staff and customers. Face masks are required for class D road tests.

    • DVS staff will wear gloves. 

    • DVS will provide hand sanitizer to use while inside exam stations and will have sanitizing wipes to disinfect the counter area in between customers. 

  • Virtual Lobby: The DVS exam stations in Arden Hills, St. Paul and Mankato are offering a virtual lobby. You can check in virtually when you arrive and receive a text message when it’s your turn at the counter. This is a pilot program that DPS-DVS is working to expand to other open exam stations as well. 

    • Deputy registrar and driver’s license agent offices are independently owned and operated, so they may not have this feature.

  • Only the applicant is allowed inside the exam station unless they are younger than 18, in which case a parent or guardian must accompany them. This will help customers and staff maintain social distance.

Independently owned and operated deputy registrar and driver’s license agent offices will be implementing their own social distancing and sanitizing strategies based on CDC and MDH guidelines. 


 

Standard, class D Road tests
DPS-DVS is rescheduling the more than 12,000 class D road tests canceled while exam stations were closed. DPS-DVS is planning to resume these appointments at 15 DVS exam stations on May 26 (St. Paul does not offer road tests). DPS-DVS is emailing everyone whose road test was canceled with rescheduling instructions. This is being done by month, so DPS-DVS is notifying those with March canceled appointments first, followed by April and May. 

  • Minnesotans with canceled tests can reschedule online at drive.mn.gov at any of the open exam stations by selecting Schedule or Reschedule an Exam.

  • Six months of appointments are open to these customers. 

  • Available appointments may not be at the exam station where the appointment was originally scheduled, because not all exam stations are reopening. 

  • New class D road test appointments are not available to the public at this time. DPS-DVS will open up class D road test appointment to the public for scheduling as soon as canceled appointments are rescheduled. 

  • Minnesotans who already have road test appointments scheduled at the exam stations that are reopening will keep those appointments. 

  • Minnesotans who have a road test appointment scheduled at an exam station that is not reopening due to DVS consolidating sites will receive a cancelation notice from DPS-DVS. DPS-DVS will contact customers directly to with instructions to reschedule the appointment at one of closest open exam stations as soon as possible.

DPS-DVS is making changes to the class D road test to prioritize the safety of customers and examiners: 

  • Applicants are required to complete a short questionnaire and have their temperature taken prior to testing and encouraged to wear a facemask. DVS examiners wear facemasks, face shields or safety glasses and gloves.

  • DPS-DVS is temporarily waiving the equipment inspection portion of the road test. Less than 5 percent of applicants fail this part of the exam. This time will be used to sanitize the vehicle. DPS-DVS will provide the sanitizing wipes, but applicants will be required to sanitize their vehicle before the test begins.

  • Examiners will still ride in the vehicle. 

  • The test will end immediately if the applicant does something to automatically fail the exam. This would include any action that would result in an accident of moving violation. This will help make DPS-DVS examiners more efficient.

  • After passing the test, applicants will be able to complete their driver’s license application inside the exams station.

Contact EDI

Tel:  (507) 993-2708

Office Hours :  8:00am - 2:00pm

No Office Hours on:  Nov 27th, Dec 18th - 25th - 31st.

Office Admin:  Janet@EnhancedDrivingInstitute.com

Owner:  adam @EnhancedDrivingInstitute.com

CONTACT US:

Main Campus

3334 19th St NW - Suite 202

Rochester, MN  55901

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