Drivers Ed in MinnesotaPage Overview
Driver’s Education in Minnesota
A driver’s education course teaches the principles of road awareness and safety for prospective first-time drivers.
In Minnesota, if you’re under 18 years old, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) requires you to complete Driver’s Ed as part of the graduated driver’s licensing (GDL) law.
On this page, you’ll find information on what your Driver’s Ed course consists of, where to complete your course, and the next steps you need to take to get your MN driver’s license.
Before you can apply for your MN instruction permit, you must:
- Have completed the classroom component of a MN Driver’s Ed course.
- Be enrolled in the behind-the-wheel instruction component.
You must be 14 years old before you can take the classroom component of Driver’s Ed and it’s highly recommended that you complete this segment as close to turning 15 years old as possible. That way you’ll get the maximum benefit of the course material just prior to taking your written exam for your instruction permit.
You must be enrolled in your behind-the-wheel driving component of the course before you can apply for your instruction permit; however, you cannot begin this segment until you obtain your permit.
Your Minnesota driver’s education course will cover topics including:
- Minnesota road signs and what they mean.
- How to be a safe and responsible driver.
- How to safely operate a motor vehicle.
- MN traffic laws.
- Driving in emergency situations, through constructions zones, and over railroad crossings.
Classroom and Behind-the-Wheel Hours
A Minnesota Driver’s Ed course consists of:
- 30 hours of classroom instruction.
- 6 hours of behind-the-wheel driving training.
The classroom instruction must be completed before you get your MN instruction permit. The behind-the-wheel training cannot be taken until you obtain your instruction permit.
In Minnesota, you can take driver’s education at:
NOTE: The MN DPS currently does not accept online Driver’s Ed.
Home School Driver’s Ed
If you are home-schooled, the Minnesota DPS allows your parent to teach you the classroom segment of teen driver’s education. You must use classroom materials approved by the MN DPS.
Once you complete your 30 hours, your parent must submit a completed Home School Driver’s Education Affidavit (Form PS33135-01) to the Office of Driver Education by fax to (651) 296-5316 or by mail to:
Driver and Vehicle Services
445 Minnesota Street, Suite 176
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Once the office receives your affidavit, you’ll be sent a Certificate of Completion, or “blue card”, which you’ll need to show the MN DPS when you apply for your instruction permit and take your written test.Don't Forget an Online Practice Test
An ideal compliment to your Driver’s Ed course is to prepare for the written exam with a Minnesota online practice test. Don’t waste time standing in long lines at the DPS. Study with a Minnesota online practice test and pass your written exam on your first try.
After completing the classroom component of your MN driver’s education course, you can apply for your instruction permit. You must:
- Be at least 15 years old.
- Be enrolled in the behind-the-wheel component of a Driver’s Ed course.
- Pass a vision test.
- Pass a written knowledge test.
For more information on how to apply for your Minnesota instruction permit, including required documents and fees, visit our Drivers Permits in Minnesota page.
Once you’ve obtained your instruction permit, you can begin your behind-the-wheel component of your Driver’s Ed.
You can apply for your MN provisional driver’s license once you:
- Complete the behind-the-wheel training of your MN Driver’s Ed course.
- Turn 16 years old.
- Have held your instruction permit for at least 6 months (conviction-free).
- Pass your road skills test.
To learn how to apply for your MN driver’s license, see our Applying for a New License (Teen Drivers) in Minnesota page.
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