To apply for a Minnesota driver’s license, identification card or instruction permit, you may present a Minnesota driver’s license, instruction permit or state identification card that is current or expired for five years or less if it has a photo, one year or less if it does not have a photo.
If you do not have one of these items, you must present one primary and one secondary form of identification. The primary document must contain your full legal name (first, middle and last) and the month, day and year of your birth.
You must have a valid Minnesota driver’s license in order to obtain a CDL instruction permit. All applicants for a CDL will obtain a 6-month, non-renewable permit. A currently licensed CDL driver who wishes to upgrade to a higher class of license must take all applicable knowledge (written) tests. Drivers who have an unrestricted air brake CDL do not need to retake the air brake knowledge test.
You will take one or more CDL knowledge (written) tests, depending on class of license and endorsements. You may attempt each knowledge (written) test once per day.
When you pass the required knowledge (written) tests, you are eligible to take the CDL skills (road) test.
The CDL skills test consists of the pre-trip inspection, the basic control skills and the road test. You must take the CDL skills (road) test in the type of vehicle for which you wish to be licensed.
In the basic control section of the CDL road test, new regulations add offset backing to the required skills demonstrations. The offset backing skill requires the driver to back the vehicle, either to the right or left, into an adjacent lane. An offset backing diagram is included in the 2010 Commercial Driver’s Manual on page 3 of Section 11.
- Class A, regular, $43
- Class A, under age 21, $23
- Class B, regular or under age 21, $35
- Class C, regular or under age 21, $28
- School Bus Processing Fee – original and renewal applications, $4
- Class D Instruction Permit (valid for 2 years), $12
- Class A, B or C Instruction Permit, no fee
Licensing Agency & Website:
Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Driver and Vehicle Services, https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs/Pages/drivers-license-information.aspx