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Minnesota Knowledge Test

Who Must Take the Test?

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

If you let your Minnesota driver's license expire you must take the knowledge test again. If your license has been expired for more than one year you must also pass the road test.

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

When moving to Minnesota from a country other than the United States or Canada, you must pass a knowledge test, a vision test, and a road test.

Minnesota Knowledge Test

The Minnesota knowledge test contains multiple choice and true or false questions that determine your knowledge and understanding of Minnesota traffic laws and road signs.

The test is usually offered on a computer, but may also be offered on paper. On a computer, the test is available in English or one of several other languages. Upon request you can use headphones to allow you to hear the questions as you read them.

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

The passing score is 80%.

Are You Ready for Your Drivers Permit Test?


Read the state Driver's Manual or Handbook. All real permit test questions are based on the material in this manual. Get familiar with all areas and learn the laws and rules presented. Pay special attention to facts that are bolded or highlighted.

Give yourself plenty of time. Start preparing at least two weeks before the real test.

Take several of our driver permit practice tests to make sure you are ready for the real examination.

Our Practice Tests

Our permit and license practice tests contain 25 questions. You must correctly answer 20 questions to pass (80%). This is a common passing score in most states. You should, however, aim for a score of 90% or more on a permit practice test.

Read Carefully

Read all questions and answers carefully. You will see many DMV test answers, but do NOT focus on memorizing exact phrases - focus on understanding! The practice permit test questions may be repeated with several different alternatives and different wording. Real DMV permit test questions are created the same way.

All questions are multiple-choice or true/false. Only one alternative is correct and acceptable. If you see All of the above, None of the above, or similar as one alternative, make sure you evaluate all alternatives carefully.


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