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A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety
 

Driver’s License for All

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The Driver's License for All law eliminates the need to show proof of legal presence in the United States to get a standard Minnesota class D driver's license, instruction permit or standard identification (ID) card.​

​* Must have an appointment for the written and road exams.  Depending on location, the written test can be administered on paper, computer, or orally. Please verify with your local exam station for method availability. 


How​ to Get a Driver's License

Four Minnesota driver's license examples

  • Study for the written exam and prepare your required documents.
    • Read the driver's manual
    • ​Documents must be in English or translated with a certificate of translation form.
    • Proof of legal presence is no longer needed after Oct. 1, 2023.
  • ​Make an appointment online for your class D knowledge (written) test.
    • October appointments are available.
    • Appointments are required to apply.
    • Pre-applications are not available until Oct. 1.
  • Attend your appointment and pass your written test.
    • The written test is available in nine languages.
    • If you use a third party proctor, you will need to visit DVS to complete the application to get a permit and take a photo for your permit.
    • Receive a driving permit after passing the written test.
    • A vision test is required after passing the written test and before a permit is issued.
  • Practice driving for three to six months before a road test can be taken.
    • Six months for ages 18 and younger; three months for ages 19 and older.
    • Review the manual for permit restrictions.
  • Make an appointment online to take the skills (road) test.
    • Bring a vehicle in safe working condition with proof of insurance and your permit to your appointment.
    • ​Insurance does not have to be in your name but must be for the vehicle.
  • After passing your road test, your photo will be taken before issuing your driver's license.  
    • ​A paper temporary driver’s license will be given until the card arrives in the mail.
    • ​Driver's license cards can take up to 6 weeks to arrive in the mail..
  • Additional requirements may apply if under 18 years. Review manual here.​


 Driver's License Manual and Study Material

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The manual is available in multiple languages on our Forms/Documents/Manuals page.
​Printed copies are available in Spanish, Somali, Hmong, and English​ at the Hennepin County Library - see below under Resources.​

Practice Test - The test consists of 25 practice questions to help people prepare for the written test. ​

Road Test Study Guide​ - English version tips to help prepare.   

Guía de Estudio para el Examen de Conducción  ​          ​




​​​Avoid Fraud and Scams

Use only ​official Minnesota DVS ​exam stations and certified Deputy Registrar offices: Search for Office Locations

Only trust fees from this page: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs/Pages/drivers-license-fees.aspx


Important Resources​

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Partner Resources

  • Unidos MN - Hosts informational meetings: "Everything You Need to Know About Driver's Licenses for All" call 612-231-9719 or email info@unidos-mn.org Spanish audio of the driver's license manual and other resources​ at https://unidos-mn.org/licencias ​
  • ​​Fe y Justicia MN - Waite Park, MN  https://www.fjmn.org Contacts: call Fabi at 320-412-3660 or Perla at 320-291-6355 
  • COPAL of Minnesota - Espanol study groups available for the driver's knowledge (written) test - call 612-427-2011.
  • Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota​ (ILCM) - https://www.ilcm.org/drive​rs-licenses-for-all/. The ILCM fact sheet can be found at https://www.lawhelpmn.org/self-help-library/fact-sheet/how-apply-your-minnesota-drivers-license​​​
  • MN Immigrant Movement (MIM) - Monday - Sunday driver's license manual classes in Espanol - call 612-246-1149. email immigrantmovementmn@gmail.com or click here​ ​for their webpage.  
  • If you need an ASL or language interpreter or other special accommodations, please call Driver and Vehicle Services at 651-284-1234.​
  • Oromia 11 - Oromo Community call 612-345-7172 or email info@oromia11.org
  • City of Minneapolis - Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs call 612-394-6018 or email oira@minneapolismn.gov

  • Hennepin County Library
    • ​Borrow a printed copy of the Minnesota Drivers Manual by using your Hennepin County Library card to reserve a copy on the library's website today! Copies are available in Spanish, Somali, Hmong, and English.
    • Don't have a free library card with us? Visit your local Hennepin County Library to instantly get one. If you live outside of Hennepin County, visit Library cards | Hennepin County​ for more information.
    • Library staff are available to answer your questions by phone, chat, and text message​.
    • For more information about any county resources or support, contact the Hennepin County Latino Liaison, Kimberly Marquez, at 612-310-8185 in Spanish or English

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​Informational Events


Community Events​​

  • Saturday, June 1,  8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mexican Mobile Consulate Tabling with info at Bethlehem Lutheran Church 720 S 2nd Street, Mankato, MN 56001 

  • Saturday, June 22, 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. CAPI USA World Refugee Day Tabling with info Centennial Park 6301 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430 on


​Ecuadorian Consulate Events 

  • DPS will be at the consulate every ​Monday starting Jan. 8, 2024, from 8 a.m. to noon. 

Mexican Consulate Events

  • Saturday, June 1,  8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mexican Mobile Consulate Tabling with info at Bethlehem Lutheran Church 720 S 2nd Street, Mankato, MN 56001 


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