Parking information and directions to DHS Central Office locations

Construction news


Lafayette Bridge construction work underway

People who use the Lafayette Bridge in St. Paul to reach DHS’ nearby offices are encouraged to sign up for email updates on construction progress. The replacement of the Lafayette Bridge over the Mississippi River began in January 2011. Maps, project documents and other information are available on the Minnesota Department of Transportation website’s Lafayette Bridge and Highway 52 page.

Parking information

This map of DHS Central Office locations also has visitor parking information for the Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building, located at 540 Cedar St., St. Paul, and the 444 Lafayette building, 444 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul.

This map shows visitor parking locations for the DHS Training Center and 444 Lafayette.

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Metro Regional Office and the Commission on Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans are located at 85 East Seventh Place, Suite 105, in the Golden Rule Building in downtown St. Paul. More information, including a map and parking information, is available on the Golden Rule Building website.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services Employee Directory and Guide to Agency Services also has visitor parking information.

MinnesotaCare walk-in payment center

Directions to the Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building, 540 Cedar St., St. Paul, and more information about the walk-in payment center for MinnesotaCare is available online.

Andersen Ramp

Limited parking for visitors and visitors with disabilities is available in the Andersen Ramp, attached to the Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building, 540 Cedar St., St. Paul. Visitors can park in one of the spaces on the first level of the ramp for up to four hours and pay at a self-service machine located near the ramp elevators.

Andersen Ramp parkers enter and exit the ramp from Minnesota Street, which is a one-way street heading northbound. The ramp’s second lane is the entrance for visitor parking, visitor with disabilities parking and larger parking spots for DHS employees with disabilities who need the added space for side entry into their vehicles.

Visitors with a disability must display their disabled parking placard from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety when parking in disability parking spots. All visitors must register at the security desk in the Andersen Building lobby. Regular ramp hours are 4 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Information about other visitor parking in the Capitol Complex (PDF) is available on the Department of Administration’s website.

Directions to the Andersen Building

The Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building is located at 540 Cedar St. in downtown St. Paul.

  • • From the south (Rochester area) — Take U.S. Highway 52 north to Highway 55 to St. Paul. Follow 55 north across the Lafayette Bridge taking the Seventh Street Exit (one of first right-side exits past the river). After curving around and under Seventh Street, turn right at the Seventh Street stoplight. Follow Seventh Street west to Minnesota Street. Turn right on Minnesota Street. The entrance to the first level public parking spaces for the Andersen Building is on the left side just past the intersection of 10th Street and Minnesota Street.
  • • From the south via I-35E — Follow 35E north to the 11th Street exit in downtown St. Paul. The Andersen Building is on the corner of 11th and Cedar streets. To reach the first-level public parking spaces in the ramp, proceed on 11th Street to Robert Street (being mindful of any approaching light-rail cars) turning right on Robert, then right on 10th and then a right on Minnesota. Immediately turn into the left lane of Minnesota to access the public entrance to the ramp.
  • • From the south via U.S. 169 — Follow 169 north to I-494 west exit. Take I-494 west to where it joins Minnesota 5. Follow Minnesota 5 past the main airport road and across the Mississippi River Bridge. Minnesota 5 will become an arterial Seventh Street. Follow Seventh Street to I-35E north. Take I-35E north to the 11th Street exit. The Andersen Building is on the corner of 11th and Cedar streets, however, to reach the first-level public parking spaces in the ramp, proceed on 11th Street (being mindful of any approaching light-rail cars on Cedar) to Robert Street turning right on Robert, then right on 10th and then a right on Minnesota. Immediately turn into left lane of Minnesota to access the public entrance to the ramp.
  • • From the West via I-394 — Follow I-394 east to I-94 east exit near the Minneapolis Lowry Tunnel. Follow I-94 east to St. Paul exiting on 10th Street. Follow 10th to Cedar turning right on Cedar. The Andersen Building is on the corner of 10th and Cedar, however, the first-level public parking in the Andersen Ramp is reached by turning left from Cedar across the light-rail tracks being mindful of any approaching trains onto 10th Street and then left from 10th to Minnesota Street and left into the ramp public parking entrance.
  • • From the west via I-94 — Follow I-94 east to St. Paul, exiting on 10th Street. Follow 10th to Cedar turning right on Cedar. The Andersen Building is on the corner of 10th and Cedar, however, the first-level public parking in the Andersen Ramp is reached by turning left from Cedar across the light rail tracks being mindful of any approaching trains onto 10th Street and then left from 10th to Minnesota Street and left into the ramp public parking entrance
  • • From the north via I-35E — Follow I-35E south to the Wabasha and 10th Street exit into downtown St. Paul. Veer right off the exit to 10th Street. Follow 10th Street several blocks to Minnesota Street. The Andersen Building is on the corner of 10th and Minnesota (adjoining the St. Paul Fire Department station on the first floor). Turn right onto Minnesota and turn into left lanes quickly to make an immediate left turn into the first level public parking entrance for the Andersen Ramp.
  • • From the east via Minnesota 36 — Follow 36 west to the intersection with I-35E southbound. Follow I-35E south to the Wabasha and 10th Street exit into downtown St. Paul. Veer right off the exit to 10th Street. Follow 10th Street several blocks to Minnesota Street. The Andersen Building is on the corner of 10th and Minnesota (adjoining the St. Paul Fire Department station on the first floor). Turn right onto Minnesota and turn into left lanes quickly to make an immediate left turn into the first level public parking entrance for the Andersen Ramp.
  • • From the east via I-94 — Follow I-94 west to the Sixth Street exit to downtown St. Paul. This exit is a left-side exit off the freeway. Follow Sixth Street through downtown to Minnesota Street. Turn right onto Minnesota. The Andersen Building is on the corner of 10th Street and Minnesota. Minnesota is a one-way street going north. Access the first-level public parking space in the Andersen Ramp by turning left just past the intersection of 10th and Minnesota Street.
  • Licensing Division

    Individuals who wish to speak with a member of the Licensing Division staff should call the general Licensing Division number, 651-431-6500. The receptionist will direct you to the appropriate person. Most questions can be answered over the telephone. Those individuals who need to meet with a member of the Licensing staff should call the general phone number and schedule an appointment. Materials can be dropped off at DHS’ 444 Lafayette location. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays.

    Directions to 444 Lafayette

  • • From Minneapolis and areas west of St. Paul: Take 94 east to the Seventh Street exit (you will see the exits in this order: Fifth, 10th, then Seventh). Take a left onto Seventh Street and go to the first stoplight (this is Lafayette Road). Turn left onto Lafayette. DHS’ 444 Lafayette Building is one-half block up and the first office building on the right.
  • • From Minneapolis International Airport or Bloomington: Take Highway 494 to 35E north to 94 east. Take the Seventh Street exit. Turn left onto Seventh Street, then left onto Lafayette Road. DHS is one-half block up and the first office building on the right.
  • • From areas east of St. Paul: Take 94 west to the Mounds exit. Take Mounds Avenue to East Seventh Street. Turn left onto Seventh Street (you’ll be heading west). At the second stoplight, which is Lafayette, turn right. DHS’ 444 Lafayette Building is one-half block up and the first office building on the right.
  • • From areas north of St. Paul: Take 694 east to 35E south. Take the University Avenue Exit (107C) and turn left on University. Take University to Lafayette Road and turn right. DHS’ 444 Lafayette Building is two blocks down on the left.
  • • From areas south of St. Paul: Take 35W (or 35E) north to 94 east to the Seventh Street exit. Take a left onto Seventh Street and go to the first stoplight (this is Lafayette Road). Turn left onto Lafayette. DHS is one-half block up and the first office building on the right.
  • Or
  • • Take 35E north to 494 east to Highway 52 north. This turns into Lafayette Road when you cross the river and get to Seventh Street. Cross over Seventh Street and DHS’ 444 Lafayette Building is the first office building on the right.
  • • From Rochester: Take Highway 52 north to St. Paul. This turns into Lafayette Road when you cross the river and get to Seventh Street. Cross over Seventh Street and DHS’ 444 Lafayette Building is the first office building on the right.
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