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A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety
 

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Minnesotans Can Now Take the Class D Knowledge Test Online at Home

Prospective Minnesota drivers have a new option to earn their class D learner's permit. The knowledge test can be taken online at home with a parent, guardian or adult (21 or older) proctoring the test.  

As a result of legislation signed into law by Gov. Tim Walz, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DPS-DVS) began offering the class D knowledge test online and at certified third-party testing locations Oct. 8. Minnesotans can register for an online knowledge test online at drive.mn.gov ​by selecting ​Take a Class D Knowledge Test. 

Find more information in a recent news release.  ​​



REAL ID and License Renewal: There's Still Time

Minnesota REAL ID driver's license

We can all agree that 2020 has been a challenging year for various reasons. So it’s possible you haven’t had time (or haven’t been able) to visit a deputy registrar or driver’s license agent office and renew your driver’s license, let alone apply for your REAL ID.

Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security understands that. You may recall that the deadline for REAL ID was supposed to be Oct. 1, 2020; but then COVID-19 happened, offices temporarily closed and federal officials recognized people may not be able to apply in person for a REAL ID. Learn about the extended deadlines for renewing your standard ID or driver’s license and applying for your REAL ID – and how to do both – in this DPS blog.

​How to Request an Audit on Access of your Driver's License Information

Complete and submit the Audit Request Form to Driver and Vehicle Services, Data Services. Read more on requesting an audit of your driver's license or motor vehicle information.​​

Advisory: DMV.org is a Private Business and is not Affiliated with DVS or the Department of Public Safety

 

DMV.org is a for-profit website that is privately owned and not affiliated with Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services or any other government agency. DVS does not provide any data to DMV.org. Third-party websites are allowed to renew registration for other people if the registration holder gives permission and provides a plate number, VIN number and insurance information. Many of these websites charge a fee, in addition to the registration renewal fee, for the service.

DVS offers online registration renewal for standard passenger class vehicles. Information about that and other online services is available here.​

 

Proof of Citizenship for CDL Renewals

As of July 1, 2015, all drivers renewing their CDL will be required to provide a document from the following list that meets the proof of citizenship requirement.

  • Valid, unexpired U.S. passport or passport card 
  • Certified copy of birth certificate from any U.S. state 
  • Consular report of birth abroad issued by the U.S. Department or state 
  • Certificate of Naturalization or Certificate of Citizenship issued by U.S. Department of Homeland Security 
  • Valid unexpired Permanent Resident Card
    Or
  • Unexpired employment authorization document issued by USCIS or an unexpired foreign passport accompanied by an approved I-94 form.

If the name on the above document is different from the current name on the CDL, the customer must also present proof of the legal name change(s). Acceptable proof consists of certified marriage certificates, certified divorce decrees or other certified court orders. Divorce decrees or other court orders must specify the name change. Identity and name change documents need to show a clear link between the citizenship or permanent residency document and the current name.

This federally mandated requirement for DVS to record this information to the record is a one-time occurrence.

Advisory

The website “MinnesotaDriversLicense.org” is a private business organization and is in no way affiliated with the Driver and Vehicle Services Division of the Department of Public Safety. You are not able to renew your driver's license or register your vehicle on this website! The website charges a fee to purchase a guide, not a license.

To renew your license, register your vehicle, and other service, you must visit an official DVS agent or deputy registrar’s office. Do not pay money for license renewals, tabs or other services to any unauthorized organization.

For official information from the state’s Driver and Vehicle Services Division, visit the homepage.