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* Class D: regular driver’s license for all cars and most pickups, farm trucks, motor homes, and camping trailers
* Motorcycle endorsements
* Commercial Driver Licenses, Class A, B, and C

If you are under age 18, you must pass a state-approved driver education program, hold a permit, and complete a driver training program before you can apply for a Minnesota license.

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Under 18: Driver’s education is required

18 and older: A driver’s education program is not mandatory, but it can be helpful in preparing you for the exams.

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Learn well the material in Minnesota’s Driver Manual and take a few practice tests.

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You can take the written test at any driver exam station, no appointment needed.

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Bring to the exam:

* Certified birth certificate
* Social Security number
* Blue card from an authorized Minnesota driving school
* School ID with photo, or your green card, passport, or visa
* Parent or guardian to sign your instruction permit when you pass the written test

There is no fee, but if you fail twice in a row, the third (and any subsequent) tests will cost $10 each.

New Residents
If you have a valid, out-of-state license, you must take the written test and a vision check. Bring proper identification and your former state’s driver’s license.

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When you feel ready, visit your local driver exam office to take the written test. It consists of 40 questions, and you must get at least 32 correct. If you fail, you must wait one day to retake the test.

Headphones are available upon request for hearing-impaired applicants, and the test is also available in Hmong, Vietnamese, Somali, Spanish, and Russian.

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If you’re considering a used car, be sure to get a vehicle history report before making a deal. This report can give you information about prior accidents, flood damage, and other potentially undisclosed flaws.

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Car insurance is legally required to drive.

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If you are a new resident, you do not need to take the road test unless you license has been expired for over one year.

When you’re ready to take the road test, make an appointment at your driver exam station. Be sure to:

* Bring proper identification
* Bring your instruction permit (if you’re under 18), which you must have had for at least six months with no convictions for moving violations or alcohol/controlled substance violations. If all or part of those six months of driving experience took place in another state, you must provide a certified driving record from that state.
* Bring your White Card (if you’re under 18), which is proof that you completed a state-approved driver’s education course
* Provide proof of insurance on the vehicle you’ll be testing in
* Bring a legal, operating vehicle to test in

Once you pass, fill out a license application and pay the fee ($43 if you’re 21 or older; $23 if you’re under 21). If you’re under the age of 18, you’ll need a parent or guardian to sign the application.

If you fail, you will be assigned practice time, which you must complete before retaking the test. If you fail the test four times, you will have to take six hours of behind-the-wheel training with an instructor before trying again. After two consecutive fails, the third (and subsequent) tests will cost $20 each.

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Until your license arrives in the mail, your road test score and application receipt will serve as your temporary license.


Your valid foreign driver’s license allows you to drive in the state for the length of your visa. Non-citizen licenses require additional, specific identification requirements.