What documents are required to obtain a Minnesota drivers license? Minnesota

Required Documents for a Minnesota Drivers License

Before applying for a MN drivers license, you first must obtain an instruction permit. This requires visiting any DVS office and presenting:

  • A Minnesota identification card. If you don't own one, you then must provide one primary and one secondary form of identification. The primary identification must show your full name and day, month and year of birth. Visit the DVS website for a full list of acceptable ID.
  • Cash or a check to pay the $12 permit fee.
When applying, you'll need to pass a vision test and a written test. To prepare for the written test, study the state's drivers manual. You can obtain a hardcopy from any DVS location, or by downloading one from the DVS website.

After studying the manual, you'll want to take at least one practice test. These can be found online and feature questions similar to those on the actual permit exam, allowing you to accurately assess if you're test-prepared.

After obtaining a permit, you must hold it for six months if you're 18; or, three months if you're 19 or older.

Taking the License Test

The DVS strongly encourages making a driving test appointment. You can do this online or by calling (651) 284-1234. On the day of the driving test, arrive at the test location with:

  • Your instruction permit.
  • A working vehicle with proof of car registration.
  • Proof of auto insurance.
Pass and the examiner will hand you a form confirming you aced the license test. Bring this form, along with proper identification (your MN permit will suffice) and cash or a check to pay the $24 driver license fee, to any DVS office to obtain your driver license.

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