Anyone who drives a motor vehicle on public streets or highways in Minnesota must carry a valid driver’s license or learner’s permit. Your eyes will be screened when you apply for, or renew, your driver’s license or learner’s permit. The MN DMV written test contains multiple-choice and true or false questions that evaluate your knowledge and understanding of Minnesota road rules, road signs and safety rules. The test is based on information contained in the official Minnesota Driver’s Manual, and consists of 40 questions. You need 32 correct answers to pass (80%) on the Minnesota Permit Test.

2017-18 Minnesota DVM Practice Tests

Other practice test options:
**Basic tests -

**Traffic and Road Sign Tests -

**Signs Test - version #2 -

**Signs Test flash cards -

**Driver's Ed Guru practice test

**Minnesota DMV Manual 2017

**Driver's Ed - reminders

State Requirements

  • 30 hours of classroom instruction.
  • 6 hours of behind the wheel instruction.
  • 6 month wait period from the time you get an instruction permit until you may try for your regular license.
  • 50 hours of practice time with an adult licensed driver, 15 of which must be at night. (Recorded on a driving log).


Classroom instruction notes:

  • Tentative dates = First week after the school year is complete.  8:00am - 3:00 each day in the high school cafeteria or elementary auditorium.
  • Permit test date = Friday, last day of the class.  The test is given at the school.  Each applicant must present 2 forms of identification, with the most common being the ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE, and ORIGINAL SOCIAL SECURITY CARD.  Without those you may not take the test. 
  • If you pass that permit test, PRIOR to driving, you must go to a testing station, with a parent, in Rochester, Winona, etc., and complete the application process (pay the fees, get your picture taken).
  • AFTER, completion of these things, you may drive home (provided you have made arrangements for insurance – no fault and liability are required). BIG BONUS – most insurance companies offer a discount averaging 25% for making the B-honor roll and staying there. For the average new driver, that is a nice sum of money!
  • Sign up with Mr. Butson for your behind the wheel.  Choose the days of your choice, and driving partner.


Cost for this class in the past has ranged from $230 - $250 in previous years.  Final costs will be established by the school board.


Registration will begin in January.  The cutoff date typically requires you to be 15 years of age by August 31st of the current year, so if you are 15 by next August 31, you should be in the class.  If you are not 15 by that date, the oldest 14 year olds are given first preference at any open slots.


**New applicants should begin discussions as to whether they wish to become an organ donor as this license application proceeds.



Questions call Dr. Bernard at 932-4420