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.
- 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.