2023 Minnesota Permit Test
The following questions are from real DMV written tests. These are some of the actual permit questions you will face in Minnesota. Each permit practice test question has three answer choices. Select one answer for each question and select "grade this section." You can find this button at the bottom of the drivers license quiz. For a complete list of questions and answers for Minnesota please visit https://cheat-sheets.dmv-written-test.com/en/minnesota/car.
1. You may pass another vehicle if the line dividing your lane from the lane you wish to enter is a ____ line.
White lines separate traffic lanes traveling in the same direction. You may cross broken white lines to pass, as long as the passing lane is clear.
2. When making a turn, you must ____ your speed.
When turning, you should reduce to a speed that allows you to maintain control of your vehicle, stay in your lane, and react to unexpected situations.
3. This sign means:
Warning signs are usually diamond-shaped with black markings on a yellow background. They alert drivers to upcoming hazards. This warning sign indicates that drivers are about to encounter a divided highway.
4. To prepare for anything coming up on the road ahead, you should:
Your ability to handle dangerous traffic situations depends largely on searching for and identifying problems before meeting them. Looking far ahead of your vehicle does not mean you should simply stare at the center of the road. You need to continually scan the entire road, including the sides of the road.
5. You are driving on a busy street and your vehicle’s accelerator sticks open. You should:
If your vehicle’s accelerator sticks open, your vehicle will continue to maintain its speed or accelerate, even if you remove your foot from the gas pedal. Turn off the ignition, using care to move the ignition switch only far enough to stop the engine and not engage the steering wheel locking mechanism. Apply your brakes and move off the road to a safe area.
6. When approaching a reduced conflict intersection, you may not turn left.
Reduced conflict intersections are intersections that decrease fatalities and injuries caused by broadside crashes on four-lane divided highways. At a reduced conflict intersection, drivers always make a right turn. The right turn is followed by a U-turn if a driver wishes to change direction.
7. At night, it is hardest to see:
Compared to signs and other roadside objects, pedestrians are hardest to see at night.
8. If you stop along the road at night:
If you stop along the road at night, turn on your emergency flashers and leave your low beam headlights turned on. Be sure that other road users will be able to clearly see your vehicle.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Be at least 16 years old.
2. Complete a driver’s education course or have a parent/guardian certify that you have completed at least 40 hours of supervised driving (including 15 hours at night) if you are under 18 years old.
3. Pass a written knowledge test.
4. Pass a behind-the-wheel driving test or complete an approved driver education course.
5. Provide proof of identity, social security number, and residence in Minnesota.
6. Pay the required fees.
Additionally, if you are a new resident in Minnesota and have an out-of-state driver's license, you must also pass a vision test and surrender your out-of-state license.
1. Instruction Permit: $15.50
2. Driver's License (Under 21): $25.25
3. Driver's License (21 and over): $32.25
4. Enhanced Driver's License (EDL): $15 in addition to the regular driver's license fee
If you fail any of the required tests, you may need to pay an additional fee to retake the test. Additionally, there may be fees for other services, such as obtaining a duplicate license or changing the name or address on your license.
1. Proof of identity: This can be a valid passport, birth certificate, or permanent resident card.
2. Proof of Social Security Number: This can be your Social Security card or a W-2 form.
3. Proof of residency: This can be a utility bill, bank statement, or lease agreement.
4. If you are under 18 years old, you will also need to bring proof of completion of driver education and proof of completion of the supervised driving requirements.
5. If you are a non-U.S. citizen, you will also need to bring proof of your legal presence in the United States.
It's important to note that these documents must be original or certified copies. Photocopies or notarized copies are not accepted.
1. Visit the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Driver and Vehicle Services website.
2. Click on the "Schedule or Reschedule a Road or Class D Knowledge Test" link.
3. Enter your driver's license or permit number, along with your date of birth and the last four digits of your Social Security Number.
4. Select your preferred location and test date and time.
5. Pay the required fee using a credit or debit card.
6. After scheduling your driving test, you will receive an email confirmation of your appointment.
It's important to note that you must have a valid learner's permit or driver's license to schedule a driving test. Additionally, if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, you must do so at least two business days before your scheduled test date or you may be charged a fee.
1. Be at least 15 years old.
2. Enroll in and complete a driver education course approved by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
3. Pass a knowledge test at a driver's license exam station. You can schedule the test online or by calling the exam station.
4. Provide the required identification documents, proof of your enrollment in the driver education course, and payment for the permit fee.
5. Pass a vision screening test.
6. Once you pass the knowledge test, you will be issued a learner's permit that allows you to practice driving with a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old and has at least one year of driving experience.
It is important to note that while driving with a learner's permit, you must always have an adult supervisor in the vehicle with you who is licensed to drive and seated in the front passenger seat. Additionally, you must hold your permit for at least six months before you are eligible to take your road test and obtain your driver's license.
1. Practice, practice, practice: Before taking the road test, make sure you have had enough practice driving with a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old and has at least one year of driving experience. Practicing in a variety of driving situations, such as in traffic and on different types of roads, can help prepare you for the test.
2. Review the Minnesota Driver's Manual: The driver's manual contains all the information you need to know for the road test. Make sure you review it thoroughly and understand all the rules of the road.
3. Take a practice test: The Minnesota Department of Public Safety offers practice tests online that can help you prepare for the written portion of the test.
4. Make sure your vehicle is in good condition: Before taking the road test, make sure your vehicle is in good working condition and has all required safety features, such as working headlights and turn signals.
5. Be familiar with the testing area: If possible, practice driving in the area where you will be taking the road test so that you are familiar with the roads and traffic patterns.
6. Be calm and confident: Finally, on the day of the test, try to stay calm and confident. Listen carefully to the examiner's instructions and follow them closely while driving. Remember to always follow all traffic laws and drive defensively.
1. Failing to check mirrors and blind spots: It's important to check mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes, turning, or merging.
2. Rolling stops: Make sure to come to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights.
3. Speeding: Be aware of the speed limit and drive at a safe speed.
4. Failing to use turn signals: Always use turn signals when changing lanes, turning, or merging.
5. Improper lane usage: Stay in your lane and avoid weaving in and out of traffic.
6. Not yielding the right-of-way: Be aware of other drivers and pedestrians and yield the right-of-way when necessary.
7. Improper parking: Make sure to park your vehicle properly, following all parking rules and regulations.
8. Driving too close to other vehicles: Keep a safe following distance from the vehicle in front of you.
9. Making abrupt or jerky movements: Drive smoothly and avoid sudden movements that can be jarring for passengers or other drivers.
Remember to stay calm, focused, and follow all traffic laws during the driving test.
It's important to note that if you use your own vehicle for the driving test, you will be responsible for any damages that occur during the test. If you are concerned about potential damage to your vehicle during the test, you may want to consider using a rental car or a driving school's vehicle instead.
When you are ready to retake the test, you will need to schedule a new appointment and pay the testing fee again. It's important to note that there is a limit to how many times you can take the driving test in a certain period of time, so be sure to check with your local DMV office for specific rules.
Remember, failing the driving test is not uncommon and it's important to not get discouraged. Practice and preparation can go a long way in helping you pass the test on your next attempt.
Here are some of the restrictions for new drivers in Minnesota:
1. Instruction Permit: Before obtaining a driver's license, all new drivers must first obtain an instruction permit. With an instruction permit, you can only drive with a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old and has at least one year of driving experience.
2. Provisional License: After holding an instruction permit for at least six months and completing a driver education course, new drivers can apply for a provisional license. With a provisional license, you cannot drive between midnight and 5 a.m., unless you are accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 25 years old.
3. Passenger Restrictions: For the first six months after obtaining a provisional license, you cannot have more than one passenger under the age of 20 in your vehicle, unless they are family members.
4. Cell Phone Use: All new drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using any type of electronic device while driving, including cell phones and GPS devices.
It's important to follow these restrictions to avoid fines or other penalties and to stay safe while driving.
After passing the written test, you will need to visit a Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) exam station in person to take your vision test, have your photo taken, and take your driving skills test. You will also need to provide proof of identity, residency, and Social Security number.
It's important to note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some DVS exam stations may have limited services or hours of operation. Be sure to check with your local DVS office for the most up-to-date information on how to apply for a driver's license.
If you are planning to drive out of state with a learner's permit, you should check with the DMV or licensing agency in the state you will be traveling to for their specific rules and regulations. Some states may allow out-of-state drivers with learner's permits to drive within their borders, while others may require that you have a valid driver's license from your home state.
It's important to note that even if you are allowed to drive with a learner's permit in another state, you should still follow all of the restrictions and requirements of your home state's learner's permit program, including having a licensed driver in the passenger seat at all times.
It's important to note that if you are a commercial driver or have certain medical conditions, your license may have a shorter validity period and require more frequent renewals. Additionally, if you have any driving violations or restrictions on your license, your renewal period may be shorter or require additional steps.
You can renew your driver's license in Minnesota up to one year before it expires, and you will need to provide documentation of identity, residency, and Social Security number. You may also need to pass a vision test or take a new photo at the time of renewal.
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Have a valid Minnesota driver's license
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have a license that is not expired for more than one year
- Have a license that is not suspended, cancelled, or revoked.
If you meet these requirements, you can renew your license online up to one year before it expires. You will need to provide your driver's license number, date of birth, and the last four digits of your Social Security number to access the online renewal system.
If you are not eligible to renew your license online or prefer to renew in person, you can visit a Minnesota DMV office and complete the renewal process there.
1. Obtain an instruction permit: Before you can get a driver's license, you must first obtain an instruction permit. To apply for an instruction permit, you will need to pass a written knowledge test and a vision test. You will also need to provide proof of your identity, date of birth, and residency in Minnesota.
2. Practice driving: With your instruction permit, you can practice driving with a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old and has at least one year of driving experience.
3. Pass a road test: Once you have gained enough experience and feel comfortable driving, you can schedule a road test with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. During the road test, you will be evaluated on your ability to follow traffic laws and drive safely.
4. Obtain your driver's license: If you pass the road test, you will be issued a driver's license that is valid for four years.
It's important to note that if you are not a U.S. citizen, you may need to provide additional documentation such as your passport and visa status when applying for an instruction permit or driver's license in Minnesota. You should also check with your home country's embassy or consulate to ensure that your Minnesota driver's license will be recognized in your home country.
1. You must have visual acuity of at least 20/40 in one or both eyes with or without correction.
2. If you have vision in only one eye, the minimum visual acuity is 20/30 in that eye.
3. You must have a horizontal visual field of at least 105 degrees in both eyes.
4. If you have monocular vision, you must have a horizontal visual field of at least 55 degrees in the seeing eye.
If you do not meet these requirements, you can still apply for a restricted license or an exemption from the vision standards. To apply for a restricted license, you must provide a statement from your eye doctor indicating that you are able to safely operate a motor vehicle with certain restrictions, such as only driving during daylight hours or within a certain distance from your home. To apply for an exemption from the vision standards, you must provide documentation from your eye doctor and pass a road test administered by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
1. The rental car must be in good working condition, with valid registration and insurance.
2. The rental car must have a valid license plate and current registration sticker.
3. The rental car must have a working emergency brake.
4. The rental car must have a passenger-side mirror for the examiner's use.
5. The rental car must be large enough to accommodate the examiner and any passengers, with working seat belts for all occupants.
It's important to note that you will also need to provide proof of insurance for the rental car, either by showing the rental agreement or a separate insurance card. Additionally, you will need to ensure that you are listed as an authorized driver on the rental agreement and that the rental company allows their vehicles to be used for driving tests.
Before you retake the test, it's recommended that you practice your driving skills and review the rules of the road to improve your chances of passing. You may also want to consider taking a driver education course or working with a driving instructor to receive additional guidance and feedback.
If you fail the driving test three times, you will need to complete a certain amount of supervised driving practice (depending on your age) before you can retake the test. For drivers under 18 years old, they will need to complete an additional 6 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction with a licensed instructor and 6 months of supervised driving before they can retake their road test.
1. Identification: You must bring a valid and unexpired identification document, such as a passport, driver's license, or state ID card.
2. Proof of residency: You must provide proof of your Minnesota residency, such as a utility bill, bank statement, or lease agreement.
3. Social Security Number: You must provide your Social Security number or a letter of ineligibility from the Social Security Administration.
It's important to note that if you are under 18 years old, you will need to have a parent or legal guardian present with you when you take the test to provide consent for your application. Additionally, if you are under 18 years old and have completed driver education, you will need to bring a certificate of completion from an approved driver education course.
Before going to the DMV office, make sure to check their website or call ahead to confirm the documents required for taking the written test, as requirements may vary depending on your situation.
If English is not your first language, you can request an interpreter for your written test. You can bring your own interpreter or request one from the DMV. However, if you need an interpreter, you must schedule an appointment in advance as this service is not offered on a walk-in basis.
It's important to note that even if you take the written test in a language other than English, you will still need to demonstrate your ability to read and understand English traffic signs and signals during your road test.
In Minnesota, if you fail the written test three times, you will need to complete a classroom driver's education course before you can retake the test. You will also need to pay the application fee again.
It's important to note that you cannot take the written test again on the same day if you fail. Therefore, it's recommended that you study thoroughly and be prepared before taking the test. The Minnesota DMV provides a driver's manual that covers all the information tested on the written test. You can also find practice tests online to help you prepare for the exam.
It's important to use the time between your failed attempt and your next appointment to study the driver's manual and practice tests. This will help you identify areas where you need to improve and increase your chances of passing on your next attempt.
If you fail the written test three times, you must complete a classroom driver's education course before taking the test again. It's important to prepare thoroughly and take the test seriously, as failing three times can result in significant delays in obtaining your driver's license.