✅ Updated January 2022

Ultimate guide to getting your driver's license in Minnesota

Here's the ultimate guide to getting your driver license at the Minnesota DMV. We've simplified the entire process for you so you can save time.

What You’ll Need to Get your Minnesota DMV Driver License

  • Minnesota driver's license
  • Social Security number (SSN)
  • For a name change, one of the following is necessary:
    • A certified marriage certificate
    • A certified divorce or dissolution of marriage decree specifying the name change.
    • Other certified court order specifying the name change
  • Applicable Fees

What You’ll Do to Get your Minnesota DMV Driver License

  • Step 1: Applicant must have a provisional driver's license for at least 12 consecutive months with no convictions for alcohol/controlled substance  violations or crash-related moving violations, and with no more than one conviction for a moving violation that is not crash-related
  • Step 2: Vision Screening
  • Step 3: Take and pass written and road test
  • Step 4: An application for a Class D driver’s license can be obtained at any Driver’s License Office or Driver and Vehicle Services Exam Station. Before you go, use the Pre-Application feature for faster service.
  • Step 5: Complete an application at the office
  • Step 6: Payment is by personal check or cash. For all fee information, please see the complete list.
  • Step 7: Picture is taken

Caveats and Exceptions to Getting your Minnesota Driver License

  • If you are on active duty with the U.S. armed forces and have a valid Minnesota driver's license, you are not required to renew your license until you are discharged, regardless of your length of service. This law also applies to the spouse of someone on active duty, if the spouse does not reside in Minnesota during the active duty period. For more information, see Class D - Active Military Duty.


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