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How to get a Minnesota Driver's License

Minnesota Drivers License
  • Minnesota Driver's License Guidelines
  • How to Prepare for the Written Exam
  • Required ID and Paperwork

MN Driver's License Rules and Requirements

Find out the steps to get your drivers license, pass your DMV written test, replace your out-of-state license and the required paperwork to bring to the DMV office to get your driver's license.

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All applicants need to be familiar with the Minnesota Driver's Manual. Think you know the material? Take our DMV practice test now and test your driving knowledge.

Get your MN Driver's Permit

If this is your first driver's license, you will need to apply for a Minnesota learner's permit (instruction permit) which requires a written exam on traffic signs, motor vehicle laws and safe driving techniques.

Once you receive a valid learners permit, you will then need to pass a road skills test and vision test to receive an MN provisional drivers license.

Applicants under 18 must have held a learners permit for 6 months, completed drivers education, and log 30 hours (10 at night) of supervised driving time before taking the road skills test.

Prepare for the Written Knowledge Test

All new drivers are encouraged to study for this driver education exam so you don't miss the opportunity to get your learners permit as soon as you reach the approved age. Online practice tests are available that provide real sample questions from the DMV Exam - Take the Minnesota practice test now and test your driving knowledge.

New Minnesota Residents

New residents with an out-of-state license must obtain a Minnesota driver's within 60 days of establishing a permanent residence in MN. When heading to the DMV, be sure to bring the license from your former state as you will be required to surrender it in order to obtain the new license.

There is no road skills testing required to change a valid out-of-state license to an MN driver's license, however you will need to pass the written exam and vision test. If your license has been expired for more than one year, you must also pass a road test.

International Drivers

If you are converting a license from a country other than Canada, you must take the full - written and road - test plus the eye test.

Required Paperwork

Before you head to the Minnesota DMV Office, make sure you have all of the following required documents to get your driver's license:

On the Road

Once your licensing requirements have been met, you will receive your new:

  • Restricted Driver's License (16 to 18 years of age) valid for 2 years.
  • Full Driver's License (18 to 21 years of age) expires on 21st birthday.
  • Full Driver's License (21years of age and older) valid for 4 years.

Remember... the safe operation of a vehicle requires practiced skill, knowledge, and a respectful understanding of the limitations imposed by the other drivers and the environment.

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