Obtaining A New Minnesota Drivers License

Applying for a new drivers license in Minnesota? The Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) has a process in place for getting a driverse license, which requires exams and documentation. We've collected up-to-date information, and links to useful resources, to help save you time when going through the process. Select from the options below to get started. 

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many DVS related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DVS in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DVS.

3: Via a DVS office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DVS office. Varying DVS offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DVS closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DVS allows you to make a personal appointment.

Obtaining a New Minnesota Drivers License

Obtaining a new Minneosta drivers license is an easy process. Begin by gathering the following documents:

  • Social Security card
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of residence

Click here for a full list of acceptable documents.

Read more about the requirements and process for obtaining a license below.

Under 18

Graduated License

  • At least 15 years old
  • Completed 30 hours of classroom instruction and enrolled in driving instruction
  • Passing of vision and written tests
  • Completion of application, including parent or legal guardian signature
  • Payment of $10.25 fee

Phase II Graduated:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Complete driver education
  • Have possessed an instruction permit for six months with no violations
  • Pass the road test
  • Pay fee of $13.25

Over 18

  • Before applying for a Class D license for the first time you should consider enrolling in a drivers education course.  
  • Have possessed an instruction permit for six months with no violations
  • Take vision test
  • Take written test
  • Pass the road test
  • Pay $22.35

Are You Moving to a Different State?

If you are relocating to another state, you might also want to consider acquiring a new drivers license. For more information on that process, click here.

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