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After a Crash, Do This

A state trooper and another man look at the front of a crashed vehicle

If you’ve never experienced it, count yourself lucky: The sickening thud that accompanies a car crash. The days—and sometimes weeks or months—of dealing with doctors and mechanics and insurance adjusters. The sinking feeling that if only you had left a little earlier or put your phone down or turned your headlights on, this might not have happened.

But crashes happen every day in Minnesota — the State Patrol alone has handled over 31,000 so far this year. So it’s important to know what to do immediately after one happens. Our recent blog will tell you all the steps you should take as soon as a crash happens.

Going Back to 'School' on Your Motorcycle

Two motorcyclists listen to an instructor at a training courseAs a motorcyclist, you’re likely fiercely independent. The freedom of the open road with the wind whipping past you can feel like a metaphor for life. So the idea of taking a rider course from the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center (MMSC) may seem distasteful. But learning is a lifelong endeavor, and that goes for motorcycles as well as books.

Another motorcycle training season has drawn to an official close here in Minnesota. Overall, 5,112 riders took training courses this year – that includes everything from the Basic Rider Course to the Expert Course.

Learn more stats and facts in our latest blog.

Applying for a REAL ID Requires Additional Documents

Minnesota REAL ID driver's licenses in vertical and horizontal formatsMinnesotans have three options when applying for new driver’s licenses or identification cards. Determining which type of card works best depends on what a person needs to use the card for. Those applying for a REAL ID or Enhanced card should plan to bring more documentation than is required for a standard driver’s license or ID. To apply for a REAL ID, Minnesotans will need to present the following documents in person:

  • One document proving identity, date of birth and legal presence in the     United States, such as a passport or certified copy of a birth       certificate.

  • One document proving social security number.

  • Two documents proving current residency in Minnesota. Examples      include a valid driver’s license or ID card, a cancelled check or a             credit card statement.

Here is the full list of accepted documentation for REAL ID.

The best way to save time and make sure you have everything you need is to use the new online pre-application feature.

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Video Description: Windstorm damage assessments in Duluth, pipeline safety inspectors deploy to Massachusetts to assist after explosions, an update on motorcycle crashes, a heating season safety reminder and more. It’s all in this edition of “Public Safety: In Focus.”