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Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/vehicles/policies/general_051711.html

Personal Vehicle Use

State Employee or Volunteer Use of Personal Vehicle on State Business

[PDF] State Employee or Volunteer Use of Personal Vehicle on State Business (231 KiB)

New Vehicle Usage Guidelines for state vehicles and personal vehicles if used on state business. 


A.   Local use of personal vehicles to conduct State business shall be as follows:

1.   When an employee has errands or events that are a combination of personal and state business.  Reimbursement of a personal vehicle would be consistent with the appropriate reimbursement rates displayed on our website and under Travel on the Business Office website, information is also displayed below.

2. Reimbursement for mileage expenses should be requested on an Employee Expense Form.  Students/student organizations are not eligible for reimbursement unless travel is required as part of their work assignment.

3.  Conducting state business compared to the location of employee's residence do not allow the opportunity to receive state vehicles from the university's vehicle office site. Example:  Minnesota State University, Mankato employee lives and instructs a class in the metro area.

B. Non-local Use of Personal Vehicles:

1. Employees wishing to use their personal vehicle in lieu of a state vehicle shall submit a request through the website and submit it at least one week in advance of the travel date.  Please be reminded that Risk Management encourages state vehicles to be used for state business travel.

2. If the form is not approved by the Facilities Services Office prior to the trip, the employee shall not receive a higher reimbursement rate for the miles driven.  Exception: State Vehicle is assigned but is unavailable at requested departure time due to mechanical failure or previous customer's failure to return state vehicle at designated time.

3. Mileage Reimbursement Rates (New Rates Effective January 1, 2011)

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) standard mileage reimbursement rate for business miles is the rate adopted for use by state employees.  Mileage rates are used to calculate reimbursements to employees that use their personal vehicle for business trips.  Employees should note that the university actually utilizes two reimbursement rates.  The new IRS standard mileage reimbursement rates are effective beginning January 1, 2011.  Fifty one (.51) cents is used when a state owned vehicle is not available and a lesser rate forty four (.44) cents is used when a state vehicle is declined or not requested by the employee.

Please use the new mileage reimbursement rates when completing employee expense forms for trips leaving on or after January 1, 2011 until the next IRS Rembursement Mileage Rate announcement.

If you have any questions regarding travel or business expense reimbursements, please contact the University’s Travel Claims Clerk, Tami Galema-Liebl (Business Services) at 389-5006.

The designated higher mileage rate of reimbursement:
State-owned vehicle NOT available 51.0 cents per mile
State-owned vehicle available 44.0 cents per mile
AFSCME (#202, #203, #204, #206 & #207)
Minnesota State ADMINISTRATORS (220)
MMA (205)
IFO (209)
COMMISSIONER'S PLAN (213, 217, 218)
MAPE (214)

Individual's who choose to drive their personal vehicle to the MLPS airport on extended trips will be reimbursed 44.0 cents per mile  traveled (or approved lower rate structure reimbursement). This option will allow  for the best utilization of state vehicles for our University customers.