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Applying For Your MN License
At what age can I apply for a MN license?
What documents do I need to take with me when I apply for my MN license?
When you apply for your MN license, you will need to provide your Social Security Number and documents that prove your identity (i.e. date of birth and your full legal name). If you are under 18, you will also need to bring a certificate of enrollment that proves you have completed a Driver's Education course. For more information about the acceptable identification documents your contact your local DVS office or check the MN Driver's Manual.
Where should I go to apply for my MN license?
You should apply for your MN license at your local Minnesota DVS office. You can find a list of those locations at this website: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs/locations/Pages/default.aspx
Is there a way for me to contact a Minnesota DVS office?
Yes. You can contact a Minnesota DVS office at any time by calling this number 651 215 1328 Monday through Friday 8 AM to 4:30 PM.
Who do I need to bring with me when I go to take my MN permit test?
If you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian should accompany you as they will need to sign your application. In some cases, exceptions are made but you will need to check if you are eligible for this exemption with your local DVS office.
Do I need to get a physical to be able to apply for my license?
No. You do not have to take a physical in order to get a MN driver's license.
Do I have to complete a vision test before obtaining my MN license?
Yes. You have to complete a vision test. The DVS office will test your vision when you apply for your MN permit.
Preparing For Your MN Permit Test
Do I have to study for my MN permit test?
Yes. It's a very good idea to study for your permit test as this is the best way to ensure that you will pass. Though there are quite a few questions where you can use common sense, a few questions on the exam require more advanced knowledge.
Do I need to a complete a driver's education course to get my license in Minnesota?
If you are under 18, you will need to attend and complete the Driver's Education and behind-the-wheel programs. If you are over 18, you do not need to complete either courses.
Do I have to read the whole MN Driver's Manual or can I skip a few chapters?
It's a good idea to read the entire manual. The permit test will cover the entire driver's manual. To be the most prepared for the exam and to give you the best chance of passing, you want to be familiar with the entire manual.
What kind of questions are on the MN permit test?
Questions on the MN permit test cover chapters of the Minnesota Driver's Manual e.g. "When should I yield you pedestrians? "or "What is the speed limit for school areas?"
What do I need to pass the MN permit test?
You must answer 32 out of 40 questions correctly to pass the MN Permit Test.
Where do I go to take my MN permit test?
You will take your permit test at your local DVS office. You can find a list of available locations at this website: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs/locations/Pages/default.aspx
Is there anything I should do on the night before my permit test?
The night before your permit test make sure you review your notes. Don't try to cram a ton of new information last minute. Also make sure you get a good night's rest.
Taking Your MN Permit Test
Where should I go to sign up for my MN permit test?
You can sign up for your MN permit test at your local DVS office. You can find the nearest location at this website: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs/locations/Pages/default.aspx
What documents do I need to bring with me when I take my MN permit test?
When you apply for your MN license, you will need to provide your Social Security Number and documents that prove your identity (i.e. date of birth and your full legal name). If you are under 18, you will also need to bring a certificate of enrollment that proves you have completed a Driver's Education course and that you have signed up for behind-the-wheel training. For more information about the acceptable identification documents your contact your local DVS office or check the MN Driver's Manual.
How much does the MN permit test cost?
The MN Permit Test is free the first two times you take the test. If you need to take the MN Permit Test a third time, you will need to pay $10 per test. The Instructional Permit Packet, which you receive after you pass your Permit Test, cost $12.
Who do I need to bring with me when I go to take my MN permit test?
If you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian should accompany you as they will need to sign your application.
What do I need to know in order to pass my MN permit test?
It's a good idea to be familiar with all sections of the MN Driver's Manual. You should be familiar with traffic markings, parking situations, lane changes, road signs, traffic signals, pedestrian laws, speed limits and much more.
How many questions are on the MN permit test?
There are forty questions on the MN Permit Test.
How many questions do I need to answer correctly in order to pass the MN Permit Test?
You need to answer 32 out of the 40 questions correctly in order to pass the MN Permit Test.
Is the permit test open book?
No. You are not allowed to bring the Minnesota Driver's Manual or any other supplementary study materials into the exam with you.
Do I have to take a drug test before I get my permit?
In Minnesota you do not have to submit to a drug test before getting your permit.
What happens if I fail my MN permit test?
If you fail your Permit Test, you won't be given a permit. You will be able to retake the MN Permit Test. Your second attempt is still free. The third retake and subsequent retakes after that, however, will cost you $10. If you fail the MN Permit Test, do not rush retaking the exam. Reread the manual and study thoroughly before you attempt to take the test again.
Preparing For Your MN Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
What happens after I obtain my permit?
The answer to this questions varies depending on your age. If you are under 18 years old, you will have to maintain a good driving record with your permit for at least 6 months before you can try for your provisional driver's license. If you are older than 19, you will need to maintain your permit for 3 months at minimum.
What restrictions, if any, are there on my MN Learner's Permit in I am under 18?
The biggest restriction on your MN Permit is that you can not drive alone. When you are driving, a licensed driver who is 21 years old, should always be in the car sitting next to you. Additionally, you are not allowed to take on a cellphone while you are driving and everyone in your car should be wearing a seatbelt.
What driving skills should I develop when preparing for my MN road test?
You should feel confident conducting basic safety checks, performing smooth lane changes, starting and stopping your vehicle smoothly and sharing the road with other vehicles.
What do I need to bring with me when I take my MN Driving Exam?
On the day of your MN Driving Exam, arrive to the testing center approximately 15 minutes beforehand. You should bring your valid learner's permit, a vehicle, a certificate of course completion (if you are under 18) and your parent or legal guardian's signature on a document attesting to your completion of 30 hours of driving practice.
What do I have to do on the MN Driving Exam?
On the MN Driving Exam, you will need to demonstrate parts of your vehicle to the examiner first before you begin driving. As you drive, your number one priority should be demonstrating your ability to drive safely and effectively.
Is there anything in particular I should do the night before my MN road test?
The night before your road test, you should practice driving with a licensed driver, who is 21 years old or older. Don't overdo it though. Make sure you get a good night's rest.
At what location can I take my MN Driving Exam?
You should complete your MN Driving Exam at a testing center near you. You can find a list of available locations by visiting this website: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs/locations/Pages/default.aspx
Do I need to supply a vehicle for my MN Driving Exam?
Yes. You have to bring your own car with you. You must able to provide proof of registration and insurance. You should also ensure the vehicle is in good working condition.
Taking Your MN Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
Who do I need to bring with me when I take my MN Driving Exam if I am under 18?
If you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian should accompany you.
What tips should I follow for my MN Driving Exam?
Remember to pay attention to oncoming traffic. Stay within the speed limit, obey traffic signs and laws, and leave a safe distance between yourself and other cars. Check your mirrors regularly. Always come to a complete stop and keep both hands on your steering wheel at all times.
Is there anything I should expect for my MN Driving Exam?
You should expected to be tested on your ability to drive safely and effectively. You should be able to make a quick stop, observe intersections, pass other vehicles safely and use the appropriate lanes.
During the actual Driving Exam who is allowed to be in the car with me?
You and your examiner are the only people allowed in your vehicle during the driving exam. No one else will be permitted.
What common driving errors to applicants make on their driving exam?
Common mistakes include: not practicing thoroughly, hitting your brakes too harshly, performing rolling stops, missing a turn, causing an accident or driving recklessly.
Do I need to know how to parallel park for my MN Road Test?
Yes. You will need to learn how to parallel park for your MN Road Test.
What happens if I fail the MN road test?
If you fail the MN Driving Exam, you will not receive your license. You will be able to retake the Driving Exam, but don't rush retaking it. Pay attention to what your examiner indicates as your weaknesses and work upon improving your driving skills. In between retakes, you may also be required to additional hours of driving practice. You first two tests are free, but subsequent test will cost you an additional $20 per test.
After You Have Passed The MN Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
What happens after I pass my MN Driving Exam?
Once you have passed your MN Driving Exam, you will receive your provisional license. With a provisional license, you are not allowed to drive between 12 AM and 5 AM unless you are accompanied by a licensed driver who is 25 years old or older. You will also only be allowed one passenger who is under 21 during the first few months after you have receive your license. The exception to this rule is if you are driving family members. If you maintain a good driving record and follow these stipulations, you will receive a regular D license, which has no limitations.
Do I need to have car insurance?
Yes. You will need to carry a minimum coverage of $40,000 per person for bodily injury and $60,000 for injuries of two or more persons.
How much does car insurance cost?
The cost of your car insurance will vary depending on your age, credit history, driving history and your gender.
Why is car insurance more expensive for new drivers?
New drivers and inexperienced drivers (especially teens) have a higher risk of being in an accident, insurance companies often charge more to cover them.
Renewing Your MN Driver's License
How can I renew my MN Driver's license?
You must renew your MN driver's license in person. You will need to submit a completed application, have your picture retaken and you will need to pass a vision tes.t
Do I need to retake the vision test when I renew my MN Driver's license?
Yes. You will need to retake and pass a vision test before you renew your license.
Where do I renew my MN driver's license?
You can renew your MN driver's license at a local Driver's License Station or Vehicle Services Exam Station.
What If You're Moving To Minnesota Or Just Visiting?
When I move to Minnesota from another state, do I have to pass the MN road test?
No. You do not have to take the MN Driving Exam if your license is still valid or if you license has only recently expired (within a year). However, you will need to pass the written test and a vision exam to replace your out-of-state license for a MN Driver's License. You have 60 days to do this.
After moving to Minnesota, how many days do I have to get a Minnesota license?
After you become a MN resident you have sixty days to obtain a MN license.
Is my out-of-state learner's permit valid in Minnesota?
Yes, your out-of-state permit will be valid. MN only requires that you follow the laws of the state through which you obtained your permit and the traffic laws of Minnesota.
If I'm not a Minnesota resident do I need to have a Minnesota Driver's license to drive in Minnesota?
No. It's okay to drive in MN with a valid out-of-state Driver's license as long as you are not a resident and do not plan to become a resident.
Can I drive in Minnesota with my out-of-country license?
No. Out-of-country licenses are not recognized in Minnesota. If you have moved to Minnesota from another country, you will need to undergo the Minnesota licensing process. You will need to pass a vision, written and road test. Question Category