Drivers Permits in Minnesota
If you've never held a driver's license, you must apply for an instruction permit before seeking one. Those 18 or under must hold the permit for six months before applying for a license. If you're 19 or older, the waiting period is three months.
To qualify for an instruction permit, an applicant will:
- Need to be at least 15 years of age years old
- Have completed a minimum of 30 hours of driver education classroom instruction
- Be currently enrolled in a behind-the-wheel driving class
Next, go to a a Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) location to pass the vision and a written tests. Test times are listed under locations. Bring the certificate showing you've completed the mandatory classroom time, and are enrolled in a driving class.
Some locations offer computerized testing. At these locations, the test is available in different languages, and you may request headphones.
To pass the vision test, your visual acuity (with or without correction) must be at least 20/40, with your visual field at least 105 degrees. If you fail, your eye doctor will need to complete a vision report, stating whether or not you see well enough to drive safely. Take the report to a DVS office.
The written test is free the first two times. After that, it's $10 for each additional written test; $20 for a third and subsequent road tests. If you fail, you'll have to wait until at least the next day before trying again.
Permits cost $11.25, and are good for two years. You may also renew the permit.
After You Pass the Tests
Finally, after you pass the tests, complete an instruction permit application. If you're under 18, your parent or legal guardian must sign the application. (Under some conditions, another responsible adult may sign instead. Check with a DVS office for details.) Bring identification that has your full name and date of birth.
With the permit, you may drive under the supervision of any licensed driver that is at least 21 years of age. If you're under 18, you must wear your seat belt. And, cell phone use while driving is not permitted for all permit drivers.
Now you're on your way to your driver's license.
If you misplace your permit, go to a DVS office to replace it. Fill out a new application, and if you're under 18, bring along a parent or legal guardian to sign it. Remember to bring proper identification, showing your birth date and full name.
Replacement permits cost $12.
You'll have to get a motorcycle permit before you get a motorcycle license.
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