Driver's License Information
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. If you have a license in your home country you are not eligible to drive in the United States. However, if you have an international license, you do not need to get a MN Driver's License. There are serious consequences to 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. 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 prepare 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 at the examination station.
- 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 (MN State ID or CSB/SJU Student ID), passport, and Social Security Card. If you don't have a Social Security Card, bring a certified transcript from CSB/SJU.
- After obtaining the driving permit, you will need to take the road test.
- The Driver's Manual book can give you more information on obtaining a driver's license. Also, you can contact the License Center at (320)-656-6540.
Please see the following link for more information about the License Center, for example, location, office hours, etc.
The closest office where you can obtain a MN Drivers License is:
3301 County Rd. 138
Waite Park, MN
Central Minnesota Driving Academy, 1949 Division St., St. Cloud, (320)-255-9667