Other Licenses & Endorsements in Minnesota

Minnesota Special Driver's Licenses

You may need a driver's license other than your regular, noncommercial driver's license or a special endorsement if you want to:

  • Drive heavy-weight vehicles.
  • Transport a large number of passengers.
  • Transport hazardous materials.
  • Drive for hire.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) offers license classes and endorsements specific to the type of vehicle you want to drive and the driving profession you want to have.

On this page you'll find a general overview of some of the classes and endorsements available to you.

For information on obtaining a standard driver's license, please visit our pages on the following topics:

Commercial Driver's Licenses in Minnesota

For some vehicles, you'll need to obtain a Minnesota commercial driver's license (CDL). You'll need a CDL:

  • For heavy vehicles, such as semi-trucks and truck/trailer combinations.
  • For vehicles carrying hazardous material.
  • For vehicles carrying a large number of passengers.

The application process is similar to that of your noncommercial driver's license. You'll need to:

  • Complete a new application.
  • Pass knowledge and driving tests.
  • Provide proof of your identity.
  • Pay a licensing fee.

For more information, please visit our Applying for a New CDL in Minnesota page.

School Bus Driver Requirements

To drive a school bus in Minnesota, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a commercial driver's license (CDL) with a school bus endorsement.
  • Pass a criminal background check.
  • Pass a driver history check.
  • Pass a physical examination.
  • Submit to a national criminal history check, if you have resided in Minnesota for less than 5 years.

Please contact the Minnesota DVS for more information.

Shuttle Bus Drivers

A CDL is not required if your shuttle van or bus is designed to transport fewer than 16 passengers, including the driver.

Minnesota Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs

Taxi cab licenses are managed by each Minnesota municipality and, in some cases, such as St. Cloud, by local police departments.

To become a chauffeur or drive a taxi, you may be required to:

  • Have a clean driving record.
  • Pass a criminal background check.
  • Pay a taxi licensing fee.
  • Pass a medical test.

For more information, please contact your city's clerk or the Minnesota DMV.

Sport Vehicles in Minnesota

Typically, sport and off-road vehicles do not require you to hold a special driver's license or endorsement, but some do have a minimum operating age and safety course requirements.

Certain vehicles may require you to hold a motorcycle license or endorsement. For more information, please visit our Motorcycle License in Minnesota page.

Snowmobiles

If you are a Minnesota resident born after December 31, 1976, you must possess a snowmobile safety certificate in order to operate a snowmobile. Operators ages 11 to 15 years old can take an online snowmobile safety course ($24.95) or a traditional snowmobile safety course ($5 course fee plus $5 certificate fee). Regardless of which course is taken, the certificate does not become valid until the holder turns 12 years old.

ATV

Depending on your age or when you born you will be required to take different courses in order to operate an ATV in Minnesota.

You are required to take the Online ATV Training Course  (course fee is $24.95) If you:

  • Were born after July 1, 1987 
  • Are 16 years old or older
  • Are 10 through 15 years old 
    • Online course is required before you are allowed to take the Hands-On ATV Safety course.
    • There is a $10 fee for the Hands-On ATV Certificate. This certificate does not become valid until you are 12 years old.

Children from 6 to 9 years old may take ATV Free Study Guide to prepare to ride an ATV.

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