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How to schedule your Class D knowledge test

July 13, 2020

A person using a computer to take a knowledge test at an exam station

It’s safe to say that COVID-19 has changed pretty much everything we do. Even getting a class D instruction permit is different. Because of the virus, Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DVS) exam stations were closed for eight weeks, so the demand for Class D knowledge tests is high.

To make things easier for you, the 14 regional DVS exam stations are discontinuing the first-come, first-served class D knowledge tests and instead requiring appointments starting today (July 13). Going forward, DVS exam stations will not accept walk-ins for class D knowledge tests. This will reduce the time you spend at the exam station. Now, instead of having to adjust your schedule around the time you’d have to wait to take the knowledge test, you can schedule an appointment online ahead of time so that you know exactly when to show up (15 minutes before your appointment). And exam stations are only offering a certain number of knowledge tests at one time so that you can properly social distance.

Statewide, DVS is offering an average of 790 class D knowledge test appointments per day at 14 regional exam stations. You can schedule your appointment for locations in St. Paul, Arden Hills, Anoka, Eagan, Plymouth, Rochester, Mankato, Marshall, Willmar, Detroit Lakes, St. Cloud, Duluth, Grand Rapids, or Bemidji.

To schedule an appointment, visit, then select “Schedule or Reschedule an Exam” and follow the prompts. If you discover you can’t keep your appointment, go back to the website and cancel it as soon as possible so that someone else can have your appointment slot.

When it’s time for your appointment, be sure you know your social security number, and bring the required documents and money (check, cash or money order) to pay the fee. And don’t forget to wear your face mask – they’re required. When you arrive, you’ll be required to complete a wellness screening before entering the exam station.

One other thing: Commercial, motorcycle, moped and DWI knowledge tests will continue to be offered on a first-come-first-served basis. 

The need for instruction permits certainly hasn’t changed. But the way you get one has – and it’s safer and more convenient for all Minnesotans.