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Test RequirementsIf you have a valid license from another U.S. state you can obtain a Minnesota driver's license by passing the knowledge (written) test and a vision check. You do not need to take a skills (road) test unless your license has been expired for more than one year. If you have moved to Minnesota from a country other than the U.S. or Canada, you must pass a knowledge (written) and skills (road) test and a vision check, even if you have a valid driver's license from your former home country. At the time of application, you must present your other driver's license. Your license from your previous state of residence will be invalidated and returned to you. Licenses from another country are not invalidated as you may use them if you have dual citizenship. If you are unable to present your current valid driver's license you will need to supply a certified copy of your driving record.Vision ScreeningYour eyes will be checked when you apply for a driver's license. This is not a medical exam; it is a screening to determine if your vision meets minimum standards. To pass, your normal or corrected vision must be at least 20/40 in either one usable eye or both eyes together. Your peripheral vision must be at least 140 degrees in either one or both eyes. Applying for a Minnesota Driver's LicenseYou will need to:
You can make an application at any driver's license office, some of which are exam station locations.Name Change If your full name is different than the name on your primary document or driver's license, instruction permit or state identification card, you must also present proof of your legal name change. Acceptable proof consists of certified copies of marriage certificates, certified copies of divorce decrees or other court orders. Divorce decrees or other court orders must specify the name change. Your identity and name change documents need to show a clear link between your names.
A commercial driver may be granted a waiver from the following physical qualification requirements: vision, insulin-dependent diabetes, deaf and hard of hearing and limb impairment.
If your medical examiner’s certificate is only valid with a vision, diabetes or a skills performance evaluation waiver granted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA), or if you are an intrastate driver with a MnDOT waiver or hold a DVS School Bus Waiver, you must also provide a copy of your waiver.To obtain a federal exemption or waiver, you must contact the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA), which will advise on how to proceed.Diabetes/Vision waivers: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/topics/medical/exemptions.htmSkill Performance: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/topics/medical/spepackage.htmFMCSA Phone: 1 (800) 832-5660FMCSA Midwestern Service Center: (708) 283-3577For information about MnDOT waivers, contact the MnDOT Driver Medical Program at (651) 366-3674.
You must have a commercial driver's license (CDL) to operate any of the following commercial motor vehicles in Minnesota:
New Resident - Just the Facts
Medical Conditions and Your License - Just the Facts
Expedited (Fast Track) Driver's License - Just the Facts
Requisitos de Identificacion
Full Face Photo Example
Medical Examination Report for Commercial Driver Fitness (PS30158)
Commercial Driver's License Medical Self-Certification Form (PS33203)
Minnesota Commercial Driver's Manual
Minnesota Motorcycle Manual
Minnesota Motorcycle Manual (2 page print format)
CDL Medical Self-Certification FAQs
CDL Medical Self-certification Information Sheet
Effective January 1, 2014, the driver’s license filing fee which pays for the costs of the services provided in the driver’s license/ID card issuance process, increases from $5 to $8, as required by Minn. Stat. 171.061, HF 1444, Chapter 117.
Starting January 30, 2012, if you hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or are applying for a CDL, you will need to certify the following information with Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS):
The Commercial Driver License Medical Self-Certification Form must be completed and if you certify that you are subject to medical examination requirements, you must provide a copy of your medical examiner’s certificate and any required waiver.
What you need to know:
Driver and Vehicle Services – Central OfficeTown Square Building445 Minnesota Street, Suite 190Saint Paul, MN 55101-5190
Driver Services DVS.firstname.lastname@example.org
Commercial Driver’s License: (651) 297-5029Commercial DL Disqualification: (651) 205-4086Driver’s License Status: (651) 284-2000 or onlineOffice Locations: (651) 297-2005Driver’s Licenses: (651) 297-3298Schedule a Skills (Road) Test: (651) 284-1000 or onlineAssistance for Hearing Impaired Callers (TDD/TTY): (651) 282-6555