Teen drivers - what you need to know

Information from - https://www.dmv.org/mn-minnesota/drivers-ed.php


MN Driver's Ed Eligibility Requirements

Before you can apply for your MN learner's permit, you must:

  • You must be 15 years old
  • Have completed the classroom component of a MN Driver's Ed course.
  • Be enrolled in the behind-the-wheel instruction component.

You must be enrolled in your behind-the-wheel driving component of the course before you can apply for your instruction permit; however, you cannot begin this segment until you obtain your permit.

About Your Minnesota Driver's Ed Course

Your Minnesota driver's education course will cover topics including:

  • Minnesota road signs and what they mean.
  • How to be a safe and responsible driver.
  • How to safely operate a motor vehicle.
  • MN traffic laws.
  • Driving in emergency situations, through constructions zones, and over railroad crossings.

Classroom and Behind-the-Wheel Hours

A Minnesota Driver's Ed course consists of:

  • 30 hours of classroom instruction.
  • 6 hours of behind-the-wheel driving training.

The classroom instruction must be completed before you get your MN learner's permit. The behind-the-wheel training cannot be taken until you obtain your learner's permit.


After Driver's Ed – What's Next?


You can apply for your MN provisional driver's license once you:

  • Complete the behind-the-wheel training of your Minnesota Driver's Ed course.
  • Turn 16 years old.
  • Have held your learner's permit for at least 6 months (conviction-free).
  • Pass your road test.