Make an appointment at the Midtown Exchange or Government Center Service Centers 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.
An 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 in the front passenger seat. It's illegal to practice driving without having your valid instruction permit with you.
How to apply for a new/first time instruction permit
Come in to apply, take your vision test and have your photo taken at any Hennepin County service center. For a shorter wait time, make an appointment. You need the following items:
- Two forms of proper identification (PDF 54kb)
- Your Social Security number (SSN) - you can still apply if you don't have one
- If you're under 18 - a parent /guardian (with proper ID) to also sign the application
- Proof of your completed classroom instruction
- Proof of enrollment in behind-the-wheel instruction
- Proof of passing the knowledge (written) test
- Apply for a renewal/replacement if your permit is lost or expired. It will be valid for two years from the date of application.
- If you are 18 or over
- You do not need a Provisional License (step 2)
- Your supervising driver must be at least 18 years of age
- All passengers must wear a seat belt or a child passenger restraint
- If you are under 18
- Your supervising driver must be 21 years of age or older
- Every occupant must wear a seat belt or a child passenger restraint
- You may not use, or talk on, a cell phone while driving (with or without a hands-free device)