Anyone who drives a motor vehicle on public streets or highways in Minnesota must carry a valid and unexpired driver’s license.
If you have never had a driver’s license in any state or country, you must pass a knowledge test and a vision test, apply for an instruction permit, and pass a road test.
If your Minnesota driver’s license has been expired for more than one year, but less than five years, you must pass a knowledge test and a vision test before applying for a new license.
- Licenses are mailed to you within four to six weeks. Until you receive it, carry your void license and the stamped yellow receipt you receive when you apply until it arrives.
- Minnesota driver's licenses expire and require renewal every four years on your birthday.
- Renewal of Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) – Additional documentation and information may be required at the time of application. For more information on renewing a CDL, see Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services.
- Enhanced driver's license (EDL) and Enhanced identification card (EIC) - you must apply at a state driver's license exam station. For locations and information see Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services - EDL or call 651-297-2005.
- Minnesota and the Federal REAL ID Act
- For information on the REAL ID Act and the impact on Minnesotans, please visit the MN Driver Vehicle Services.