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Minnesota State Patrol

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Training and Outreach

​One of the most important duties of the Commercial Vehicle Section is educating transportation professionals, other law enforcement officers, and the motoring public about the safe operation of commercial motor vehicles. In addition to ensuring up-to-date training for the State Patrol, commercial vehicle training staff facilitate classes and presentations covering a variety of topics from very general commercial vehicle information to specific topics like hazardous materials, inspection procedure, load securement, CSA, and other topics unique to commercial vehicle safety.

How do I schedule a presentation?

To request a presentation, please fill out a Request for Presentation Form and email it to

Where can I get answers to my CMV questions? 

For answers to your commercial motor vehicle questions, you may call our information line at 651-350-2000, select Option 1, or submit your question through email to Our information line is staffed 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays. 

Training Opportunities

Size & Weight Enforcement

The State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Section periodically hosts 8-hour Basic Size and Weight classes for law enforcement and public works personnel who conduct or assist with motor vehicle weight enforcement duties. The course is designed to help enforcement personnel understand the size and weight limitations prescribed in Minnesota Statutes 169.80-169.88. It is a good course for the beginner, as well as a good refresher for veteran weight enforcement officers.
Minnesota Statute 169.85, Subd. 6, requires peace officers or other personnel working under the direction of a peace officer to be trained by the Department of Public Safety before conducting weight enforcement activities. This training satisfies the requirement of the statute.
If your agency would like to host a truck size and weight enforcement class, please contact Lt. Lee Gear at 651-350-2006 or​.

Pilot/Escort Vehicle Driver Training

Operators of vehicles escorting over-dimensional loads are required to be trained and certified by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

Minnesota has training reciprocity agreements with the following states for pilot/escort vehicle drivers:

  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington

Minnesota domiciled and out of state pilot/escort drivers holding certification from one of these states and still current on or after January 2, 2014, will not be required to obtain Minnesota certification to operate in Minnesota, with conditions - see below. Pilot/escort drivers domiciled in Minnesota, whose out of state certification expires after January 2, 2014, are required to obtain Minnesota certification, including successful completion of the initial 8-hour training class and examination.

Conditions: Certificate holders from reciprocity states, will be allowed to escort overdimensional loads in Minnesota, provided the Minnesota insurance, driver, vehicle, and safety equipment requirements are met. Minnesota certificate holders will be allowed to escort overdimensional loads in reciprocity states, provided insurance, driver, vehicle, and safety equipment requirements of the applicable state are met.

Classes are available in both open enrollment and contract options. The cost of certification is $180 per person. For more information, contact Customized Training Services at Hennepin Technical College, 952-995-1330, or

Mandatory Inspection Program (MIP)


To sign up for an annual inspection certification or re-certification course, please visit our Mandatory Inspection Program Webpage. 


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