Anyone who drives a motor vehicle on public streets or highways in Minnesota
must carry a valid and unexpired driver's license. If you have never had a driver's license in any state or country, you must pass a knowledge test and a vision test, apply for an instruction permit, and
pass a road test.
If your Minnesota driver's license has been expired for more than one year,but less than fie years, you must pass a knowledge test and a vision test before applying for a new license.
The Knowledge Test
You can take the knowledge test at driver examination stations located
throughout the state. The knowledge test contains multiple choice and true or false questions that evaluate your knowledge and understanding of Minnesota traffic laws and road signs. The knowledge test may be offered on paper or on a computer. At exam stations where the test is offered on a computer, you can take the test in English or one of several other languages. Headphones are available, upon request, to allow you to hear the questions as you read them. You may take only one knowledge test per day. You must
obtain a score of 80 percent to pass.
If you fail two consecutive knowledge tests, you will be charged a fee of $10 to take a third test and any subsequent knowledge test.
The Vision Screening
Your eyes will be screened when you apply for, or renew, your driver's
license or instruction permit. This is not a medical examination. It is a screening to determine whether your vision meets minimum standards. Your normal or corrected vision must be at least 20/40, and your peripheral vision must be at least 105 degrees.
The Road Test
The road test consists of a demonstration of your vehicle's safety equipment, your vehicle control skills, and a driving performance test. You will be tested on the rules of the road and your ability to drive a motor vehicle safely under normal traffic conditions.
Driver's License Classifications
There are four classes of driver’s licenses and several endorsements available to Minnesota drivers.
Class D License
Class C License
Class B License
Class A License