Make an appointment at the Midtown Exchange Service Center to apply for your instruction permit.
Minnesota has a three-step process to become a licensed class "D" driver. Anyone 18 years or younger must hold an instruction permit for at least six months before taking a road test.
Obtaining your instruction permit is the first step to becoming a licensed Minnesota Driver. The permit is valid for two years of practice driving with a licensed driver sitting in the front passenger seat. It is illegal to practice driving without a valid instruction permit. When you drive, you must have your instruction permit with you.
Qualifications - you must:
- be at least 15 years old
- have completed 30 hours of classroom instruction be enrolled in behind-the-wheel instruction
- If you are 18 or older, classroom and behind-the-wheel is not required.
- pass a vision screening and a knowledge (written) test
How to apply for a new/first time instruction permit
This service is only available at either the Midtown Exchange or Government Center Service Center locations.
Complete the permit application. You will need:
- to provide two forms of proper identification (PDF 54kb)
- to provide your Social Security number (SSN) - if you don't have a SSN, you can still apply for an instruction permit
- your parent or guardian (with proper identification) to also sign the application - if you are under 18
- to provide proof of your completed classroom instruction
- to provide proof of enrollment in behind-the-wheel instruction
- to have a photo taken
- Supervising driver must be 21 years of age or older.
- Every occupant must wear a seat belt or us a child passenger restraint system.
- You may not use, or talk on, a cell phone while driving (with or without a hands-free device).
18 and older
- Supervising driver must be 18 years of age.
- All passengers must wear a seat belt or us a child passenger restraint system.
- $11.25 -valid for two years from the date of application
- If you are over 18, you do not need a Provisional License (step 2).
- If your permit is lost or expired, you may apply for a renewal/replacement. It will be valid for two years from the date of application.
- Minnesota Driver's Manual