Minnesota DVS Practice Tests

The Minnesota driver's manual isn't enough for the written exam, and the Minnesota permit practice test is just one more way you can prepare. We also have the Minnesota driver's license renewal test, and many more, to help you pass the written exam.

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Your Minnesota DVS Handbooks

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Minnesota Driver’s License Resources

Whether you’re getting ready to take your learner’s permit written test for the first time, studying to get a motorcycle endorsement so you can ride your new bike, or preparing for your CDL exam to drive a commercial vehicle, we’ve gathered a wealth of resources and knowledge to help you obtain your driving credentials.

All Drivers

If you’re renewing a license that has been expired for longer than a year, or if you’re applying for reinstatement after a suspension, you may have to retake the written exam in order to obtain your license.

Free Practice Tests

Driver's License practice tests
Learner's Permit practice tests
Motorcycle Endorsement practice tests
CDL practice tests
Road Signs and Signals practice tests

Resources for all drivers

Read the official Minnesota driver’s manual
Check out our frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a driver’s license test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Buy a driver’s license renewal test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Read our driving safety articles

Minnesota DVS quick links for all drivers

Minnesota DVS home page
Renewal information
DVS locations
License fees
Identification requirements

New & Teen Drivers

In Minnesota, you must be at least 15 years of age, have completed classroom instruction, and pass a written test in order to apply for a Phase I Instruction Permit. You must be at least 16 years of age, have completed classroom instruction, have held an instruction permit for at least six months, and pass a skills test in order to apply for a Phase II Provisional License. You must be at least 18 years of age OR have held a provisional license for at least 12 consecutive months to apply for a Phase III Full License. If you are 18, you must have held an instruction permit for at least six months and then pass a skills test to apply for a Full License. If you are 19 to 21 years of age, you are required to have held an instruction permit for at least three consecutive months and then pass a skills test to apply for a Full License. If you are 21 years of age or older, you must have an instruction permit and then pass a skills test to apply for a Full License.

Resources for new & teen drivers

Read the official Minnesota driver’s manual
Take one of our free learner’s permit practice tests
Check out our new & teen driver frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a learner’s permit test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Buy a driver’s license test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Check rates or buy car insurance

Minnesota DVS quick links for new & teen drivers

Obtaining a driver's license (over 18, never licensed)
Obtaining a driver's license (18 - 21)
Obtaining a driver's license (under 18)
Class D Instruction Permit information
Schedule a road test online
Driver education locations

New-to-State Drivers

New Minnesota residents with a valid out-of-state driver’s license have 60 days after establishing residency to obtain a Minnesota license. You are required to pass a written test and, if your out-of-state license has been expired for longer than one year, a skills test.

Resources for new-to-state drivers

Read the official Minnesota driver’s manual
Take one of our free driver’s license practice tests
Check out our new-to-state frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a new-to-state driver’s license test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Check rates or buy car insurance

Minnesota DVS quick links for new-to-state drivers

New resident information

Motorcycles

In Minnesota, you must have a motorcycle permit and pass a skills test in order to apply for a motorcycle endorsement. You must have a valid driver’s license and pass a written test to apply for a motorcycle permit. If you are under 18, you must also present a certificate of completion of a state-approved motorcycle rider training course in order to take the written test.

Resources for motorcyclists

Read the official Minnesota motorcycle manual
Take one of our free motorcycle license practice tests
Check out our motorcycle license frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a motorcycle license test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
New-to-state motorcycle insurance

Minnesota DVS quick links for motorcycles

How to get a motorcycle endorsement
How to get a motorcycle permit

CDL

In Minnesota, you must be at least 18 years of age, pass a knowledge test and obtain a Commercial Learner’s Permit, hold a CLP for 14 days, and pass a CDL skills test to apply for a Commercial Driver License. If you are under 21 years of age, you may only drive within the state.

Resources for CDL

Read the official Minnesota CDL manual
Take one of our free CDL practice tests
Buy a CDL test paid cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Check rates or buy CDL insurance

Minnesota DVS quick links for CDL

CDL information

Minnesota DVS Driving Test Info

Who has to take the written test?

Anyone who is getting their driver's license for the first time must pass the written test. Minnesota does not allow teen drivers to obtain a full, unrestricted driver's license until they are at least 18 years of age, though they are eligible for a provisional license if they're at least 16 years old and have met the requirements of the graduated licensing system. Previously unlicensed drivers who are 18 years old must hold an instruction permit for at least 6 months prior to applying for a full license; 19 year olds must hold an instruction permit for at least 3 months.

Do I have to Take the written test to Renewing my Drivers License?

You do not have to retake the written test when you renew your license.

If you're new to state are you required to take the written test?

All persons transferring an out-of-state license to Minnesota are required to take the written knowledge test.

Who has to take the on-road driving test?

Anyone who is getting their driver's license for the first time must pass both the written and driving tests. Additionally, you may also be required to re-pass both tests if your driver's license has expired and you want to renew it. New residents of Minnesota with out-of-state licenses that have been expired for over 1 year will also be required to take the on-road test.

How many questions are on the written test?

There are 40 questions on the test.

How many questions must you get right?

You must answer at least 32 questions correctly in order to pass.

If you fail when can you retake the test?

You can retake the test again in 1 day.

How many times can you retake the test?

There is no limit on the number of times you can retake the written test.

Minnesota DVS Motorcycle Permit Test Info

What are the Motorcycle Permit age limits?

You must have a valid Minnesota driver's license before you can take the test. If you are under 18 years of age you must also have parental consent. Passing the written test will earn you a motorcycle instruction permit, which is required in order to take the on-road test and receive your motorcycle endorsement.

How many questions are on the test?

There are 25 questions on the test.

How many must you get correct to pass?

You must answer at least 20 questions correctly in order to pass.

Minnesota DVS Motorcyle Permit Resctictions

You cannot drive on highways, drive during hours of darkness, or carry any passengers, and you are required to wear a protective helmet and eyewear at all times while operating a motorcycle.

Do you need to take an on-road motorcycle riding test?

Yes, you are required to pass a practical on-road motorcycle skill test in order to get your motorcycle license.

Are there any other state specific age requirements or restrictions for motorcycles?

If you are younger than 18 you are required to successfully complete a state-approved motorcycle rider education course before you can receive a motorcycle endorsement.

What is Minnesota Helmet Law?

Any operator or passenger of a motorcycle who is under 18 or who holds a motorcycle instruction permit is required to wear a protective helmet meeting state-approved safety standards at all times while operating or riding on the motorcycle.


Minnesota Watercraft Written Safety Test Info

Boaters of a certain age in Minnesota are required to have a Basic Boating Safety Certificate and must complete the Minnesota Basic Boating Course and pass an exam approved by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in order to receive one. Additionally, boaters also have the option of taking an online safety course offered by Boat-Ed.com or requesting a home study packet from the DNR website.

Who has to take the test?

All boaters between the ages of 12 and 17 must have a Watercraft Operator's Permit in order to operate a personal watercraft on Minnesota waterways. The minimum age for receiving certification is 12.

How many questions are on the test?

Minnesota Boating Safety Classes may vary from city to city; you can find a list of all available courses organized by city on the DNR website which you may use to contact the instructor of a course near you for more specific information regarding testing requirements. The online safety courses generally have 60 questions on the test.

How many must you get correct to pass?

You must answer at least 70% (42 questions) correctly on the online test in order to pass.