​Help your community: Become a class D knowledge test third-party proctor​

Oct. 11, 2021

If you live in a small community in Minnesota, you've probably been affected by the closure of many Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) exam stations due to the pandemic. DVS is in the process of reopening 60 stations by early 2022 – but most of those will be more focused on road tests than knowledge tests. Those that do have knowledge tests may only have an examiner there a few times per month for a few hours.

Fortunately, DVS has the authority to appoint third-party proctors to administer the class D knowledge tests. Great candidates for third-party proctors include deputy registrars, driver's license agents, driver education programs, community education programs and even private businesses. A third-party proctor can be a great choice for a community that needs more access to the class D knowledge test, because they can offer it more frequently or even by appointment. In addition, proctors can charge up to $10 per test.

DVS has some requirements potential proctors must meet before they can be approved to offer the class D knowledge test:

  • Proctors must provide all computers and equipment necessary to take the test.

  • Driver education programs must be valid and in good standing with Minnesota Driver Education.

  • Proctors must be over 21 years old and have a valid Minnesota driver's license.

  • Proctors must agree not to provide assistance while proctoring the tests.

In addition, there are a few things to remember. For example, this program is different than the at-home knowledge testing program that ended in June. Those tests were typically geared toward first-time licensees and were administered by a parent. Unless they are also a deputy registrar or driver's license agent, a proctor cannot accept driver's license applications; the customer would have to go to a deputy registrar to apply for a learner's permit or driver's license.

The DVS third-party proctor program is a great way to help out your community by making class D knowledge tests more available to those who need them. If you're interested you can learn more about the process to become a third-party class D knowledge test proctor. And while you're at it, spread the word in your community!