Frequently Asked Driver's Ed. Questions

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  • Terminology

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    • Driver’s Ed – This is a program that is required for all Minnesotans under the age of 18 to complete
    • Behind The Wheel – Part of the Driver’s Ed Course; Driving with a licensed instructor
    • Classroom – Part of the Driver’s Ed Course; Attend in the classroom with a licensed instructor
    • Permit (Learner’s Permit) – A provisional license used after passing the permit test and before taking the license test
    • License – A provisional license received after passing the license test
    • Parent Supplemental Course – An hour classroom for parents to decrease 10 hours on the Supervised Driving Log; Optional to attend
    • Parent Meeting – A meeting for parents to learn about the steps needed for students from start (classroom) to finish (obtaining license)
    • Supervised Driving Log – A log where students and parents/guardians write down the date and number of hours driven with permit
    • DVS (Driver & Vehicle Services) – The office to apply for your permit and license
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  • Do I have to take Driver’s Ed to get a driver’s license or permit?

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    • Yes and no, depends on your age
      • Under 18 years old - You are required by law to take and complete Driver’s Ed to obtain your license
      • Over 18 years old – Go to DVS and apply for your permit
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  • What are the age requirements to take Driver’s Ed?

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    • 15 years old – Eligible for learner’s permit
    • 16 years old – Eligible for provisional license
    • 12 months with provisional license – Eligible for full license
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  • I paid the Driver’s Ed fee. What does that include?

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    The Driver’s Ed fee pays for the classroom and Behind The Wheel instruction

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  • I can’t attend the Parent Meeting. What will I miss?

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    • Contract – The contract will be sent home with your student. Sign and return back to instructor.
    • Parent Supplemental Class – This takes place after the parent meeting and is optional
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  • Are all parents/guardians required to complete the parent class?

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    No. Completion of the parent class is optional. DVS recommends that all programs stress the importance of the parent class to educate the parents/guardians on the provisions of the GDL Law, and to assist their teens in becoming safe drivers.

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  • May we count the 90 minute parent class toward the 30 hour classroom course for the students?

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    No. The parent class is designed only for the parents/guardians of the students.

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  • If I attend the parent class & receive a completion certificate, can I use this for other children?

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    No. The certificate of completion is valid only for one teen, unless there is more than one teen in the same class. Parents/guardians will be required to complete another parent class for subsequent teens who complete a driver education program.

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  • What’s the point of the Parent Supplemental Meeting?

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    • The Parent Supplemental Meeting is a brief meeting that takes place right after the parent meeting. The meeting covers important information and tips about student drivers. You will also receive 10 hours off of your student’s Driving Log.
    • After completion, a certificate will be emailed to you. Bring this with you to your student’s license test.
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  • What kind of driver can ride with me while I have my permit?

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    • Must be 21 years of age or older
    • You may never drive alone when holding a permit
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  • What happens if I miss more than 1 day of the Driver’s Ed classroom?

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    We have 1 makeup date. If you miss more than 1 day of the classroom, you will be required to take that day you missed at the next Driver’s Ed classroom. You cannot test or apply for your permit until all 30 hours have been completed.

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  • What is required to take the Permit Test?

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    • Must be at least 15 years old
    • Complete 30 hours of driver education classroom instruction
    • Document of proof of identity
    • Blue card (received after completion of 30 hour classroom)
    • Enrolled in the behind-the-wheel instruction component
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  • What is required to take the License Test?

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    • Must hold permit for at least 6 months
    • Have no traffic violations
    • Complete a minimum of 6 hours of behind the wheel
    • Complete 50 hours (or 40 hours if parent attended Parent Supplemental class)
      • 15 of those must be at night
    • Fill out the Supervised Driving Log and signed by a parent or guardian
    • Must be 16 years old
    • Schedule a road test (at least 2 months prior to the date you’d like to test)
    • Complete a license application with parent or guardian signature
    • 2 documents proving your identity
    • White Card (received from your Behind The Wheel Instructor after completing the 6th hour)
    • Payment of $16.25 for license fee
    • Parent Supplemental Certificate – Only received if attended meeting
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  • What counts towards proof of identification?

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    You must provide one primary and one secondary document. View this document for the list.

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  • Does my permit expire?

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    The permit is valid for 2 years and you may renew if necessary.

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  • I passed the permit test, now what?

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    1. Go to DVS and apply for a permit
      • You’ll need:
        • Parent or Guardian signature on permit application
        • Document of proof of identity
        • Payment for permit
    1. Call Coreen at 651-213-2603 or email at cagre@isd2144.org to schedule their first Behind The Wheel appointment
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  • What’s the difference between the classroom and behind the wheel phases?

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    • The classroom is step 1 of the Driver’s Ed program and requires 30 hours of in-class learning.
    • The Behind The Wheel phase occurs after obtaining your permit and requires 6 hours of driving with an instructor before testing for your license.
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  • I’m over 18, what is required of me to obtain my license?

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    If you are 18 years old or older and have never been licensed to drive, you have to start with a Class D instruction permit before applying for your driver's license. With your learner's permit, you can practice driving while supervised to prepare for your road test.

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  • I took the classroom elsewhere, can I take Behind The Wheel lessons through Chisago Lakes?

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    Yes, you will need to provide documentation of completion of the classroom and pay the Behind The Wheel fee.

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  • What are the steps to obtaining a driver’s license?

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    1. Take 30 hour classroom
    2. Pass permit test
    3. Apply for permit test at DVS
    4. Drive with parent or guardian over 21 for 50 hours (40 if parent attending Supplemental class)
    5. Taken 6 hours of Behind The Wheel Lessons
    6. Receive White Card
    7. Take driver’s license test
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  • Is the participation of a parent or guardian required?

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    Yes. The parent or guardian is required while the student has their permit and for applying for their permit and license

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  • How long does it take to complete Driver’s Ed?

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    Depends. The quickest you can complete it is in 6.5 months.

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  • Is Driver’s Ed required in Minnesota?

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    Yes, if you are under 18 years of age.

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  • How old do you have to be to take Driver’s Ed?

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    You must be 15 years old by the completion of the classroom.

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  • How do you get a farmer’s permit in Minnesota?

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    • Farming is an important part of life in Minnesota. If you work on a farm, you can get a special license as long as you are 15 years old and have completed a Minnesota Driver's Ed course.
    • You will need to go to your local DVS office and:
      • Have your parent/guardian complete a Farm Work License Affidavit (Form PS30188)
      • Provide proof of your Social Security number
      • Present a property tax statement and/or a rental agreement
      • Present your Driver's Ed certificate of completion
      • Pass the Minnesota driving test
      • Pay the applicable fees
    • With your farm permit, you may drive only:
      • To perform work for your parent/guardian
      • During daylight hours
      • Within 20 miles of your farmhouse
      • In cities with a population of less than 100,000 people
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  • Are there any restrictions once I pass the license test?

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    • Yes, you will receive a provisional license and that is valid for 2 years. There are a few restrictions to your driving while you carry a provisional license:
    • During the first 6 months:
      • You may not drive between midnight and 5 a.m. unless you're with a licensed driver 25 years old or older, or you're driving between home and school or work
      • You may only drive with 1 passenger under 20 years old, unless you are with your parent/guardian, or the passengers are members of your immediate family
    • During the second 6 months:
      • You may drive with no more than 3 passengers under 20 years old, unless you are with your parent/guardian
    • At all times during your provisional licensing period:
      • You and your passengers must wear a properly-fastened seat belt; young children must be in a properly-fastened child restraint system.
      • You may not use a cell phone while driving at any time
    • You will also need to complete an additional 15 hours of supervised driving with a licensed driver 21 years old or older. You must hold your provisional license for at least 12 months without any tickets or accidents before you're eligible for a full, unrestricted driver's license.
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  • When can I finally be approved for an unrestricted Minnesota Driver’s license?

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    • Once you've had a provisional license for 12 months, or you've turned 18 years old, you can graduate to an unrestricted license by doing the following:
      • Complete a license application with parental or legal guardian signature stating that you have completed 10 additional hours of supervised driving
      • Present 2 documents showing proof of identification
      • Pay the current license fee
    • This license expires when you turn 21 years old, which then you will apply for a new updated license
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