Vehicle Code in Minnesota
Minnesota's Driver and Vehicle Statutes
The laws that govern Minnesota's streets, roads, and highways are aimed at ensuring all drivers' and passengers' safety, and minimizing the emotional and economic loss of vehicle collisions, injuries, and deaths.
The motor vehicle/transportation code also spells out the regulations that affect your transactions with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS), the reasons your driver's license can be suspended, and what type of registration/titling procedures you must follow for the type of vehicle you own.
If you've recently received a traffic citation, the vehicle code can be a good place to turn to help you decide if you should contest the ticket. However, if you need specific legal advice, you should consider contacting a lawyer.
How to Access Relevant Minnesota Statutes
Minnesota's Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) and the Minnesota legislature provide a listing of the statutes that govern drivers and vehicles in the state. Visit the Minnesota legislator website and select the transportation title of the current statutes. Other resources that provide rules, tips, and requirements for safe driving include Minnesota's driver handbook, and the Minnesota DVS website.
As for the actual vehicle code for Minnesota, it is provided online under the following subjects:
- Driver's license.
- License plates.
- Vehicle records.
- Driver's licensing agents.
- Deputy registrars.
- Vehicle dealers.
- Commercial fleet registration.
- Driver education.
- Tests and waivers.
- Driver improvement and accident prevention classes.
- Driver's license suspension, revocation, and reinstatement.
- Revocation for DUI/DWI.
- Vehicle insurance.
- School bus driver qualifications.
To find a vehicle or driver code, you can scroll through the various subjects and read the rules you are interested in. If you are looking for specific information, your search will be easier if you are familiar with the chapter, title, and section number of the law/regulation that pertains to your circumstances.
Use the links above for more information to be found here on our website.
Check Your MN Driver's License Status
Whenever you need or want to check the status of your driver's license, you can order a driving record report. This record will spell out if your Minnesota driver's license is currently valid. Should your driver's license have been revoked or suspended, the report will indicate that according to what's on record with the Minnesota DVS. This report will also show points against your license and, in some cases, information on any accidents you have had.
Remember, too many minor traffic violations and certain major traffic violation will cause the Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) to take action against your privilege to drive. Traffic violations can cause:
- A driver's license suspension, cancelation, or revocation.
- Defensive driving/driver improvement course completion requirements.
- Reinstatement fees and procedures.
- Court requirements and fines, depending on the offense.
- Driving restrictions.
Additionally, traffic tickets can cause higher car insurance rates. If your car insurance rates have increased after you've committed a traffic offense, you may want to contact your car insurance provider to ask about options you may have for taking a voluntary defensive driving course to lower your rates or earn a discount.