Minnesota Driver’s License & Permit FAQ
How Can I Apply for my MN Driver’s License? Frequently Asked Questions
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What age must I be in order to apply for my permit in Minnesota?You must be at least 15 years old in order to apply for a permit in Minnesota.
What documents do I need when I go in to apply for my license in Minnesota?When you go in for your license, you will need to know your Social Security Number. Be sure to bring documents that prove your first, middle and last name as well as your date of birth. These could be documents such as:
- A Certified Birth Certificate
- A Certificate of Birth Abroad
- A Valid US Passport
- An Adoption Certificate
- A Tribal Government Identification Card
- A Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization
How do I qualify for a permit in Minnesota?In order to get a permit in Minnesota, you must:
- Be at least 15 years old
- Have your Blue Card indicating that you ‘ve completed at least 30 hours of drivers education (If under 18)
- Be enrolled in a driver’s training course (If under 18)
- Pass the vision test
- Pass the written test
- Have a signed application by parents
Where do I go when I’m ready to apply for my Minnesota license?When you are ready to apply for your Minnesota license, just go down to your local Department of Vehicle Services office to get started. Easily find a local office by going to https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs/locations/Pages/default.aspx.
What is the contact information to a Minnesota DVS office?You can reach a Minnesota DVS office easily. Just call (651) 215-1328 Monday through Friday 8am until 4:30pm.
Who should bring me for my permit test in Minnesota?If you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian should bring you. This is because you will need them to sign the application packet for you. In particular cases, another responsible adult may sign for you. Check with the DVS office for more details on others who may bring you.
Will I have to get a physical in order to get a license in Minnesota?No. When getting your license in Minnesota, a physical isn’t required.
Will I have to get a vision test in order to get a license in Minnesota?Yes. When you go in to apply for your permit in Minnesota, you will be given a vision test. You have to score a 20/40 and your peripheral vision must be at least 105 degrees. If you fail the vision test, you will be asked to see an eye doctor and return the doctors report to the DVS office.
Where can I get my driver’s license photo taken in Minnesota?Don’t worry about your picture. You will have your picture taken at a Minnesota Department of Public Safety office when you go in to apply for your license.
How do I apply for my Minnesota driver’s license?Just like in other places, obtaining a license in Minnesota is a process. First, you obtain an instructional permit.
- If you are under 18, you must hold it for at least 6 months before moving forward.
- If you are 19 or older, you must hold it at least 3 months before moving forward.
- It costs $12.
- You may drive anywhere as long as there is a licensed driver age 21 or older with you.
- You must hold it 12 consecutive months with no traffic violations
- It costs $15
- Third you obtain a Regular D license
- It costs $24
What will happen after I apply for my Minnesota driver’s license?The first step in applying for your license is obtaining the instructional permit. Once you have passed your permit test, you will receive your permit packet. If you are 18 or under, you must wait 6 months and get 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training before you can apply for your road test. If you are 19 or older, you must wait 3 months.
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