The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DPS-DVS) is extending Class D road test appointments to Saturdays and Sundays Nov. 2 through Dec. 22, at the Arden Hills, Eagan and Plymouth exam stations.
Quick Links to Road Test Weekend Appointment Frequently Asked Questions:
What hours will the exam stations be open on the weekend?
The three metro exam stations will be open from 8 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Will appointments be available on holiday weekends?
There will not be appointments available on the following holiday weekends:
- Nov. 9-10 (Veterans Day weekend)
- Nov. 28-Dec. 1 (Thanksgiving Day weekend)
Will any other services be available on the weekend?
The extended weekend hours are dedicated to Class D road tests. Written knowledge tests and application services will not be available during this time.
How many road test appointments will be available on the weekends?
The extended hours will provide approximately 270 additional Class D road test appointments on per day on the weekends at the three exam stations. This will provide a total of 3,240 Class D road test appointments through the end of the year. This is in addition to the current 2,860 road test appointments scheduled every week at exam stations statewide.
Is an appointment required to take a road test on the weekend?
Yes. You must schedule an appointment online at drive.mn.gov. DVS will not grant any walk-in appointments during weekend hours.
Are the weekend appointments open for scheduling now?
Yes, DVS opened the weekend appointments to the public for online scheduling on October 21.
How do I schedule an appointment?
The quickest and easiest way to schedule an appointment is online at drive.mn.gov.
- Select Schedule or Reschedule an Exam under the driver services section.
- You will need your Minnesota driver's license or permit number, and date of birth.
Can I schedule more than one appointment?
No. You can only schedule one appointment at a time. If you already have a road test appointment in your name, it will be cancelled when you schedule a new appointment.
Will weekend appointments continue?
Right now, weekend appointments are only available at the three metro exam stations until Dec. 22. DPS-DVS will evaluate weekend appointments in December and determine if the program will continue and under what conditions.
Why is DPS-DVS providing weekend road test appointments?
The additional Saturday and Sunday appointments are part of the DPS-DVS effort to reduce wait times and develop a long-term solution to meet the needs of Minnesotans wanting to earn driving privileges. DPS-DVS created a DVS Exam Efficiencies Taskforce that is working on additional recommendations to improve exam station operations. Those will be implemented in phases over the next year.
What is the DVS Exam Efficiencies Taskforce?
DPS-DVS formed a DVS Exam Efficiencies Taskforce to focus on solutions for current customer concerns and study underlying causes, current processes and undeveloped partnerships that will improve how DVS exam stations operate and serve Minnesota.
The taskforce consists of DVS staff, supervisors, managers and subject matter experts. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) partners, human resource professionals, members of the community and the DPS leadership team advise the taskforce.
DPS-DVS is also working with Management Analysis and Development (MAD) at Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) as it reviews and analyzes the ongoing challenges with testing capacity at DPS-DVS exam stations.
Are other solutions in place to reduce the wait time for road tests?
DPS-DVS began automatically cancelling Class D road test appointments for those who passed the road test as a walk-in at an exam station but had scheduled an appointment for a future date. This makes appointments available that people may forget to cancel. When DPS-DVS implemented this system Aug. 20, more than 300 new road test appointments became available for customers.
How many road test appointments does DVS conduct every year?
In 2018, 105 DVS examiners conducted:
125,708 Class D road tests at exam stations statewide.
17,523 CDL road tests at exam stations statewide.