State Identification


Minnesota ID Information

We recommend that you get a MN State ID or Driver's License as a form of picture identification in addition to your passport and your CSB/SJU Student ID. In Minnesota, either State ID or Driver's License is the standard form of identification for legal check. Legal check can occur when doing financial transactions (banks, groceries, shops, etc.) or verifying age (purchasing restricted goods such as alcohol, tobacco, etc.)

How to Obtain a MN State ID:

You will need to bring the following documents to the License Center:

  • Passport
  • I-20
  • I-94 Card (Arrival/Departure Card)
  • Social Security Card
  • Application fee (<$20) in either cash or personal check ONLY

License Center

The closest office where you can obtain a MN State ID is in St. Cloud.

3333 W. Division St.
St. Cloud, MN
(320) 255-3044


Minnesota Driver's License Information

There are many laws and regulations to driving and buying a car in the United States. You must be responsible to know these laws before you drive or have a car in the United States. Even if you have a license in your home country you might not be eligible to drive in the United States. There are serious consequences result on you and your immigration status if you are found to have broken the law.

How to Obtain a Minnesota Driver's License

  • As an international student, you must pass a knowledge test, a vision test, and a road test. This is true even if you have a valid driver's license from your home country.
  • You will not be eligible to receive your Minnesota driver's license until you have presented all other driver's licenses and Minnesota identification cards in your possession to the Department of Public Safety.
  • You must also present proper identification when you apply for an instruction permit, driver's license, or state identification card. Proper Identification verifies your first, middle, and last name, and your date of birth to take the knowledge and road tests. Proper Identification includes Minnesota instruction permit, identification card, and passport.
  • Applicants for Minnesota Driver's License are required to provide their Social Security Number (SSN).

Procedures for getting a MN Driver's License

  • You will first need to get a driving permit by taking the knowledge test. The knowledge test contains multiple choice and true or false questions that evaluate your knowledge and understanding of Minnesota traffic laws and road signs. To prepar for the knowledge test, you need to study the Minnesota Driver's Manual (Class D) which can be found online or can be picked up

The closest office where you can obtain a MN Drivers License is:

3333 W. Division St.
St. Cloud, MN
(320) 255-3044