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Minnesota Departments of IT Services, Public Safety Announce Private Sector Partner to Develop Driver Services Portion of MNLARS System

FAST Enterprises has successfully implemented driver and vehicle services systems in eleven other states.

11/28/2017 12:07:34 PM

November 28, 2017

Contact: 

Cambray Crozier, Director of Communications
Minnesota IT Services
651-367-4616
Cambray.Crozier@state.mn.us

Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications
Minnesota Department of Public Safety
651-201-7171
Bruce.Gordon@state.mn.us


FAST Enterprises has a long history of providing high-quality, customer-focused IT development services to the State of Minnesota on-time and on-budget.

SAINT PAUL, MN – To ensure that REAL ID compliant driver’s licenses and ID cards are available for Minnesotans by the State’s deadline of October 2018, Minnesota IT Services (MNIT) and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced that they have contracted with a private sector partner to develop the driver services portion of the Minnesota License and Registration System (MNLARS). FAST Enterprises, the State’s new vendor, has a long history of providing high-quality, customer-focused IT development services to the State of Minnesota on-time, and on-budget.

FAST Enterprises has developed a proven driver services product that has been used in numerous other states to manage driver’s license databases and services, and issue REAL ID-compliant cards. FAST Enterprises has successfully delivered similar systems in 11 other states, and can use its existing software to meet the aggressive timeline for REAL ID that was put in place by the Minnesota Legislature in 2017. FAST Enterprises will provide the software, implementation services, conversion, and training for Minnesota’s driver’s license IT system.

“We are committed to building a system that ensures all Minnesotans are able to access the services they need, in compliance with state and federal timelines,” said MNIT Services Commissioner Thomas A. Baden, Jr., “Bringing in FAST Enterprises – which has repeatedly proven its ability to deliver this product on-time, without problems or delays – is the best possible way to modernize our driver and vehicle services, and provide Minnesotans the quality, timely services they expect and deserve.”
“It is important to get this right and get it done on time,” said Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman. “There are few services in state government as important or fundamental in the lives and businesses of Minnesotans than obtaining a driver’s license. It is essential for our work, our livelihoods, and our way of life, and the State of Minnesota is committed to delivering that service.”

In addition to successfully delivering similar driver’s license IT systems in 11 other states, FAST Enterprises has provided excellent services to the State of Minnesota for nearly a decade. For example, FAST Enterprises’ integrated tax processing solution, GenTax®, is currently used by the Minnesota Department of Revenue. Minnesota began using the GenTax® program in 2008. The GenTax® system supports a variety of users and functions, including over 90 account types and taxes. The project was completed in multiple rollouts – every rollout for this project was delivered on-time, on-budget and delivered high-quality services for its users.

The State’s contract with FAST Enterprises to develop and implement the new driver’s license IT system will cost $26 million, and be paid for with existing state resources for the development of the MNLARS project. To learn more about the State of Minnesota’s efforts to modernize the Minnesota License and Registration System (MNLARS), and its partnership with FAST Enterprises, view the fact sheet here.

About State and Federal REAL ID Requirements

The REAL ID Act was passed by Congress in 2005 as part of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations. It sets standards for identification and keeps federal agencies from accepting state-issued IDs that don’t meet those standards. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) granted a formal extension to Minnesota for REAL ID compliance through October 10, 2018.

Minnesotans do not need to take action at this time, and can continue to board commercial airplanes and access federal facilities with their existing driver’s licenses.

According to DHS, passengers with driver’s licenses issued by a state that is compliant with REAL ID (or a state that has been issued an extension because it continues to demonstrate progress toward full compliance) will still be able to use their driver’s licenses or identification cards until October 1, 2020. At that time, every air traveler will need a REAL ID-compliant license, or another acceptable form of identification, for domestic air travel.

About Fast Enterprises

Fast Enterprises (FAST) is a leading provider of software and professional services that helps governments to enhance customer services, reduce costs, improve the efficiency of internal operations, and maximize return on investment. FAST professionals work on-site with government agencies to implement modernized enterprise systems based on the company's commercial off-the-shelf GenTax®, FastDS-VS®, and FastUI® software products. In production for government agencies around the world, FAST’s software solutions are used to manage hundreds of government programs for tax and revenue, driver licensing and compliance, vehicle titling and registration, and unemployment insurance tax and benefits.

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