Driver's Education information is subject to change at ANY TIME.
Driver's Education Dates
Sept. 14 – Sept. 25, 2020 | 3:30 pm-6:30 pm | Online Course
Oct. 26 – Nov. 6, 2020 | 3:30 pm-6:30 pm | Online Course
Feb. 22– March 5, 2020 | 3:30 pm-6:30 pm | Online Course
Early bird registration fee of $325 ends 2 weeks prior to the start date of class. After that, the price increases to $350.
Deadline to register for class is 1 week prior to the start date of class.
Currently, fall Driver's Education is being held online, please be aware that this could change at anytime.
If your student requires in-person instruction, there are a limited number of seats available. Please register your student online and then call our office if you would like your student to have an in-person seat for their Driver's Education instruction. Seats will be assigned in the order calls are received. Those already registered will be contacted and given the first opportunity at an in-person seat.
There will be no switching back and forth of formats. If you choose inperson, you will be required to attend all your classes in-person, unless you become ill.
To participate in the online format, the device you will be using for the online class MUST HAVE AUDIO AND VIDEO, or you will not be able to participate in the class.
Upon successful completion of the class, students and parents, will need to make arrangements to take the written permit test on their own. Testing locations and information can be found below.
Below is the information we have received from the state in regards to when and where your student can take their written permit test or their driver's license test.
A limited number of exam stations will reopen on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at 12:00pm for knowledge testing only. They will be running limited services and have a safety plan established for all customers that will need to be adhered to. Only the following 15 exam stations will be open: Arden Hills, Anoka, Eagan, Plymouth, Rochester, Mankato, Marshall, Willmar, Detroit Lakes, St. Cloud, Brainerd, Duluth, Grand Rapids, Bemidji and St. Paul (knowledge testing only).
DPS-DVS TO OFFER KNOWLEDGE TESTS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
BEGINNING JULY 13 Minnesotans can Schedule Knowledge Test Appointments Online at Open Exam Stations
Instead of waiting in line, Minnesotans will now be able to schedule appointments online for class D knowledge tests at any of the 14 regional DVS exam stations.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DPS-DVS) is discontinuing class D knowledge tests on a first-come-first served basis and will require appointments beginning Monday, July 13.
“There is a high demand for knowledge tests, because DVS exam stations were closed for eight weeks,” Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services Director Emma Corrie said. “People have had to adjust their lives and schedules in order to arrive at exam stations early to try to take the knowledge test. We want to make things easier for Minnesotans and reduce the time they need to spend at exam stations.”
What to expect:
Minnesotans will need to book appointments online at drive.mn.gov. The appointment-scheduling tool will be available beginning Friday, July 10. Beginning July 13, DVS exam stations will not accept walk-ins for class D knowledge tests; an appointment will be required.
Commercial knowledge testing and the motorcycle knowledge test will continue to be offered on a first-come-first-served basis.
DPS-DVS will offer an average of 790 class D knowledge test appointments daily at 14 regional exam stations statewide. These locations are open: St. Paul, Arden Hills, Anoka, Eagan, Plymouth, Rochester, Mankato, Marshall, Willmar, Detroit Lakes, St. Cloud, Duluth, Grand Rapids, and Bemidji. Exam stations are only offering a certain number of knowledge tests at one time in order to maintain social distancing in light of COVID-19.
To schedule an appointment:
· Go to drive.mn.gov.
· Select Schedule or Reschedule an Exam.
· Follow the prompts.
Anyone who cannot keep an appointment should cancel their appointment online at drive.mn.gov with as much notice as possible so that appointment can be opened up for someone else.
Minnesotans will be required to complete a wellness screening before entering the exam station and should come prepared.
· Wear a face mask (required).
· Bring required documents. See here for Standard Identification Requirements
· Know your social security number.
· Bring check, cash or money order to pay the instruction permit fee and the retesting fee, if applicable.
o There is a $10 test fee for third or subsequent knowledge tests after failing the first two.
· If you are younger than 18:
o You must be at least 15 years old.
o Bring your certificate of enrollment (blue card) proving that you completed classroom instruction and are signed up for behind-the-wheel instruction, or bring your certificate of enrollment (pink card) proving that you are
currently enrolled in a concurrent driver education course and have completed the first 15 classroom hours of the curriculum.
o A parent, court-appointed guardian, county-appointed foster parent or the director of the transitional living program you reside in will need to come with to sign and approve your application.
o If completed, bring the supplemental parental curriculum completion certificate.
How to stay updated:
DPS-DVS answers frequently asked questions related to how COVID-19 is affecting DVS services on the DVS COVID-19 FAQ webpage.
For any updates visit the state website at https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs/Pages/default.aspx.
Behind the Wheel:
We are now scheduling Behind the Wheel sessions with our instructors. New safety policies and procedures are in place for both the student and driving instructor that are required to follow in order to drive. Once your student driver has a valid permit, please call 507-379-5318 to get on a waiting list to start their 6 hours of Behind the Wheel training.