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.
Driver's license testing locations
Find testing locations, business hours and phone numbers on the Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services office location finder.
- Licenses are mailed to you within four to six weeks. Carry your void license and the stamped yellow receipt 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. 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.