Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
The Stearns County License Centers are now authorized to accept MasterCard and Discover credit cards for all transactions processed over the counter in the license centers with the exception of property tax payments.
MasterCard and Discover opted to participate in the Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) credit card program that authorizes deputy registrars to accept credit cards. Visa chose not to participate.
A "convenience fee" of 2.45 percent is added for each credit card transaction. Customers are informed of the convenience fee amount before the transaction is completed. Neither DVS nor Stearns County receives any of the convenience fees.
Stearns County's Virtual License Center also allows customers to pay online by credit card and e-check for various license center transactions such as birth and death certificates, marriage licenses and certificates, and DNR vehicle renewals. Visa is an accepted credit card on the Virtual License Center, as well as MasterCard and Discover.
Both the Virtual License Center and the option to pay your taxes online can be found on the Stearns County website at www.co.stearns.mn.us, under online services.