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Minnesota (MN) Practice Tests

Do you know everything you need to know for your Minnesota written test? This is your chance to check up on your knowledge.

These permit practice tests have 40 random questions based on the handbook and real MN DMV tests. After each question, you get instant feedback. Should you miss a question, there is a brief explanation. Your final score will tell you if you are ready for the real thing or not.

Start studying by getting the latest version of the Minnesota Driver’s Manual. After reading the manual, you should use these practice tests to verify what you have learned. The more tests you take, the easier it is to pass the real examination.

The passing score in Minnesota is 80 percent, which means you should answer at least 32 practice questions correctly. But you probably want a score of at least 92-96 percent while practicing.

Remember, true understanding and true learning is your key to success. Try to avoid some of the most common risky study tactics.


Who Must Pass the Minnesota Written Test?

  If you never had a license before.

If you’ve never had a driver’s license in any state or country, you must pass a knowledge test and a vision test and apply for an instruction permit.

  If you let your license expire.

If you have a Minnesota driver’s license and let it expire, you must take the knowledge test again. Should you let your license expire for more than one year you must pass both the knowledge test and the road test again.

  If your license has been revoked.

Michigan also requires you to retake the written knowledge test after the state revoked your driver’s license. A revocation means that your privilege is withdrawn, and you must apply for a new license.

  If you move to Minnesota from another state.

You must also take the Minnesota knowledge test and pass the vision test when moving to Minnesota from another state, U.S. territories, or Canada.

Unlike many other states, the written test is not waived in Minnesota, even if you hold a license from another state. If your out-of-state license has expired more than one year, you must also take the road test.

  If you move to Minnesota from another country.

When you move to Minnesota from a country other than Canada, you must pass all tests, including the knowledge test and the skills test.

We help you pass your Minnesota Knowledge Test

What Kind Questions are on the Minnesota Knowledge Test?

The official test from Minnesota Department of Public Safety has multiple choice and true or false questions that check your knowledge and understanding of Minnesota traffic laws and road signs.

The test will always have questions about these subjects ($171.13):

  • Minnesota traffic laws
  • The effects of alcohol and drugs on a driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle safely and legally
  • The legal penalties and financial consequences resulting from violations of laws prohibiting the operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Railroad grade crossing safety
  • Slow-moving vehicle safety
  • Laws relating to pupil transportation safety, including the significance of school bus lights, signals, stop arm, and passing a school bus
  • Traffic laws related to bicycles
  • The circumstances and dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning

Is the Minnesota Knowledge Test Hard?

The failure rate on the Minnesota Knowledge Test is between 40 and 50%, which means that the test must be considered hard.

It is important to prepare well and focus on the subjects mentioned above, including the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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Class D Knowledge Test Online

The test is offered at Minnesota DVS exam stations but also online from your home or through third-party testing sites.

As of October 8, 2020, you can go online at and request a Class D Knowledge Test.

The online test is online available in English and Spanish.

For the online test at home, you need a proctor. A proctor is a person who monitors students during a test or exam. A proctor must be 21 or older and hold a valid Minnesota driver’s license.

After your request is approved, you will have 48 hours from the time you register to take the online knowledge test.

Other things you should know about the online test at home:

  • You have 30 minutes from the time you sign into the site to complete the test.
  • If you open another internet browser while you are taking the test, your test will end with an automatic fail.
  • No study materials or cell phone use is allowed during the test.
  • Audio of the questions is not available.
  • If you fail the online knowledge test twice, you must take the knowledge test at a DVS exam station or an approved third-party tester.
  • If you fail the test three times, any new attempts must be completed at a DVS exam station, and there is a $10 fee per test attempt.

Class D Knowledge Test at DVS exam stations

If you want to take the test at a DPS-DVS exam station, you must schedule the test in advance. Exam stations do not accept walk-ins for class D knowledge tests.

DVS offers tests on a computer. Paper tests are only available on a case-by-case basis if an individual with special needs makes the request.

Come prepared with a Minnesota driver’s license or ID card. If you don’t have one you must bring one primary document that shows your full name and birth date, like a passport or an original or certified birth certificate, and one secondary document with your full name. See full list .

You can take test in English or in one of the following languages:

  • Hmong
  • Russian
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

If you wish, you can use audio assistance to hear all questions (this is not available for the online test at home). Ask for headphones which allow you to hear the questions as you read them.

What Happens if I Fail the Test?

If you fail the test, you must wait until the next day before taking a new test. You can only take one knowledge test per day at DVS.

If you fail two consecutive knowledge tests, you will be charged an additional fee of $10 to take a third test and any subsequent test.

If you fail the online test at home, you must take a third test at a DVS exam station or an approved third-party tester. After three failures you can only retest at a DVS location.

How many questions are on the Minnesota permit test?

How Many Questions are on the Minnesota Driver’s Exam?

    Number of questions: 40
    Number of correct answers needed: 32
    Passing score: 80%

The Minnesota written test has 40 questions. You must get a score of 80 percent to pass. This means you must correctly answer at least 32 test questions and can miss no more than 8 questions.

50 Practice Tests

We have 50 practice tests waiting for you. As soon as you start your first practice test, you will see links to additional tests.


Minnesota Graduated Driver’s Licensing System

Minnesota has a Graduated Driver’s Licensing (GDL) system for new drivers under 21 years. It is designed to step by step ease inexperienced drivers into the driving environment.

The first phase of the GDL system is to obtain an instruction permit. With a permit, a young driver may practice driving under supervision of a licensed driver who is 21 years or older.

After passing a road skills test, the young driver may procced with the second phase of the GDL system and apply for a provisional license.

The full and unrestricted driver’s license is the third phase of the GDL system. Read More .

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Phase One: Requirements for Minnesota Instruction Permit

  You must be at least 15 years old.

  If between 15 and 18 years, you must have completed a classroom instruction course and be enrolled in behind-the-wheel instruction course.

  You must pass the vision screening and the Class D knowledge test

  If under 18 years, a parent or legal guardian’s signature and certification are required on application.

Restrictions on a Minnesota Instruction Permit

  Supervised driving only.

An Instruction Permit does not allow you to drive alone. You can only drive while supervised by a certified driving instructor, parent or guardian or other licensed driver who is 21 years or older. The supervising driver must sit beside you in the front seat.

  Everyone must be buckled up.

Driver and all passengers must wear a properly fastened seat belt or use a properly fastened child restraint system.

  No cell phones.

A holder of an instruction permit may not use or talk on a cell phone while driving. This includes hands-free cell phone devices.

There are no passenger restrictions or night curfew when you hold an Instruction Permit and drive under supervision of a qualified licensed driver.

Phase Two: Requirements for Minnesota Provisional License

  You must be at least 16 years old.

  If under 18 years, you must have completed the classroom and behind-the-wheel phases of driver education.

  You must have held an instruction permit for six months with no convictions.

No convictions include both moving or alcohol/controlled-substance violations.

  You must present a supervised driving log.

You must have driven under the supervision of a licensed driver at least 21 years of age, for not less than 50 hours, of which at least 15 hours were at night.

If a parent/guardian completes the parent class, the log must show at least 40 hours, 15 of which were at night.

  If under 18 years, a parent/guardian must approve the application.

  You must pass a skills (road) test.

Restrictions on a Minnesota Provisional License

A provisional driver’s license allows you to drive without a supervising driver, but some other restrictions still apply.

  Driver and all passengers must use seat belts.

Driver and all passengers must wear a properly fastened seat belt or use a properly fastened child restraint system.

  No cell phones.

  No driving at night.

During the first six months of you cannot drive from midnight until 5 a.m. unless you are driving between your home and work, between your home and a school event for which the school does not provide transportation, or for employment purposes. You may also drive at night if you are accompanied by a licensed driver at least 25 years of age.

  Limited number of passengers.

During the first six months, you can drive with only one passenger under 20 years, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, or if passengers are immediate family.

During the second six months, you can drive with no more than three passengers under 20 years, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, or if passengers are immediate family.

When you hold a Minnesota Provisional License you may not use or talk on a cell phone while driving. There is no exception for hands-free cell phone devices.

Phase Three: Full License

If you are at least 18 years old or have held a Minnesota Provisional License for at least 12 consecutive months, you may be eligible for a full driver’s license.

You cannot have any convictions for alcohol/controlled substance violations or crash-related moving violations and no more than one conviction for a moving violation that is not crash-related.

If you are under 18 years, your application must be approved and the person who approves must certify that you have driven under the supervision of a licensed driver for no fewer than ten hours on the provisional license.

Before DVS issues a full driver’s license, you must pass the road test.

The Vanessa's Law in Michigan affects teen drivers under 21 years who commit an alcohol/controlled substance or crash-related offense.

These offenses include, but are not limited to, DWI, Implied Consent, Open Bottle, or Underage Drinking and Driving/Not a Drop Law, and leaving the scene of an accident.

An unlicensed driver under 18 years who receives a crash-related traffic violation or an alcohol or controlled substance violation may not receive a driver's license, including an instruction permit or provisional license, until the driver turns 18.

A licensed teen driver with a provisional license whose driving privileges were revoked due to a crash-related moving violation or an alcohol/controlled substance-related violation cannot apply for a new license until the driver turns 18.

After a revocation, the driver must fulfill all reinstatement requirements, including the payment of fees which can be up to $680 depending on circumstances. The driver must also:

  • Complete the classroom portion of a formal driver education course.
  • Pass the knowledge test.
  • Obtain an instruction permit and hold it for three months.
  • Complete the behind-the-wheel portion of a driver education course.

Drivers under 21 years who are convicted of an underage drink and drive offense, loses their license for a least 30 days, with no exceptions available during that 30-days suspension period.

Young driver - copyright: Hongqi Zhang

The Road Test

To pass the skills (road) test, you must be able to demonstrate:

  • Your vehicle’s safety equipment (don’t forget the seat belt!)
  • Your ability to drive a motor vehicle safely under normal traffic conditions

You cannot have any passengers in the car during the test other than the driver examiner.

You must make an appointment for the road test.

COVID-19 Alerts

COVID-19 Alerts

  REAL ID full enforcement deadline is delayed to Oct. 1, 2021. You don’t need to visit your local office to apply for a REAL ID at this time.

  Minnesota driver’s license, ID card or permit that would have expired between March 13 and December 31 is automatically extended to January 31, 2021.

  A limited number of DPS-DVS exam stations are open for services

  A number of online services are available at

  If you must visit DVS, you will complete a short questionnaire and have your temperature taken before entering the building. A face mask is also required to enter the exam station.


  1. Great help I passed

  2. took me test on friday and passed easily. Many same questions. some new.

  3. melvin armstrong July 23, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    I took the mn knowledge test today 7-23-2020 and it was nothing like the knowledge test id been practicing for since 7-16-2020 the test is misleading !!!!!!!!!!!!! where can I acquire a knowledge test manual or a drivers manual for this test?

    • Our practice tests are based on the information in the MN driver’s manual, which you hopefully already got and studied more than once.

      If not, it is here:

      The practice test isn’t misleading, but with the wrong expectations I can understand that you might feel that way. It is not uncommon that people who fail the test want to blame somebody else.

      Trying to pass a knowledge test without real knowledge simply don’t work. And being behind the wheel without knowledge about the rules of the road is not a good idea.

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