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    1) Choose Your License

    • Class D (regular driver's licenses for all cars and most pickups, farm trucks, motor homes and camping trailers)
    • Motorcycle endorsement
    • Commercial Driver Licenses (CDL) A, B and C

    2) Take a Driver's Education Course

    Before applying for a Class D license for the first time you should consider enrolling in a driver education course. Although not required, before taking the written exam it's sensible to enroll in a supplemental course, such as the one offered by our sponsor. These courses teach you the new laws, hone your driving skill, and may make you a safer driver.

    3) Prepare for the Test

    Minnesota's Driver Manual is the ultimate study-source for your written exam. Once you've studied the manual and perhaps completed a supplemental course, you may want to test your road-acumen with a few practice tests.

    4) Locate a DMV Office

    Written tests are available on a walk-in basis at any driver exam station.

    5) Make Test-Day Preparations

    Bring with you to the test:

    • A certified birth certificate.
    • Your Social Security number.
    • A Blue Card from any authorized Minnesota driving school.
    • Your school ID with photo. If you don't have one, bring your green card, passport or visa.

    There is no fee, but if you fail two consecutive tests you must pay $10 to take a third test or any subsequent tests.

    New Residents

    New residents with valid licenses from other states MUST take a written test and vision check. Bring with you:

    6) Take the Written Test

    After you have studied Minnesota's Driver Manual, possibly participated in a supplemental driver's ed course, and have all the documents listed above, you'll visit your local driver exam office to take your written test.

    NOTE: Headphones are offered, upon request, for hearing-impaired applicants. In addition to English, the test is offered in Hmong, Vietnamese, Somali, Spanish and Russian.

    7) Get a Car

    Somewhere down the line you'll need a car to take Minnesota's road test. Having a car will allow you to practice on your own, outside of a driver training program.

    Consider a used car that meets your needs as far as price, gas mileage and reliability is concerned. Before signing the deal, be sure to get a vehicle history report. This report can clue you in to any prior accidents, flood damage and even odometer fraud.

    8) Get Car Insurance

    Car insurance, regardless if you only hold a permit, is required on any vehicle you drive. Compare rates and learn more about car insurance requirements at our Insurance Center.

    9) Take the Driving Test

    If you're new to Minnesota, a road test is not required unless your existing license has been expired for a year or longer.

    In all other cases, new license applicants must pass the driving test. Remember to make an appointment with your local driver exam station. When you arrive, be sure to:

    Once You Pass

    Complete a license application at your local driver exam station and pay the license fee.

    If You Fail

    You will be assigned practice time that must be completed before taking the test again.

    If you fail two consecutive tests, you'll be charged $20 for the 3rd test and all other subsequent tests.

    10) Receive Your License in the Mail

    Your road test score and application receipt will serve as your temporary license until your permanent license arrives in the mail.


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