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New Supervised Driving Log Requirement in Minnesota

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Supervised Driving Log with 50 hours Behind the Wheel

Any teenager with a instruction permit under the Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) law in Minnesota is now required to submit a Supervised Driving Log containing 50 hours of practice driving time (15 hours at night). The log must be signed by a parent or guardian.
The new rule applies to anyone who did not complete all of the required behind-the-wheel hours by January 1, 2015.

This change also includes teenagers applying for farm work licenses.

Parent Class

The new law requires all driver education programs to offer a 90 minute class for parents. This means that parents have the opportunity to play a larger role in their teenager’s development as a safe driver.

If a parent or guardian completes the parent class and submits a certificate, the supervised driving log must contain 40 hours instead of 50 (15 hours must still be nighttime driving). The class may also be completed by a grandparent, sibling, or any other licensed driver who is 21 or older. This person is then considered the Primary Driving Supervisor and must supervise the majority of the practice hours.

The 90 minute parent class does not count toward the 30 hour classroom course for the student. It is valid only for one teen, unless there is more than one teen in the same class.

The parent class is not mandatory. If a parent does not attend, the student must log 50 hours behind the wheel.

Where do I Find the Log?

The log is available at the website of Minnesota Department of Public Safety, examination offices and at most driver education programs.


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4 Comments

  1. On the driving log form there is a box labeled “skills practiced”. Early in the learning process we did practice particular skills when we went out. However, now my son is just driving whenever possible and not practicing any particular skill. When we turn in the driving log, will it be expected the “skills practiced” box be filled in for every instance of driving?

    • In my experience, no.

      But it is important that you start by focusing on the important skills and tick them off, one by one (like you probably did). It is an effective approach. Repetition is also good. When you don’t practice anything in particular, you are still practicing ‘highway driving’, ‘city driving’, ‘night driving’, ‘intersections’ or something similar. You just don’t think about it.

  2. If you’re 18 or older do you still need to do the supervised driving hours?

    • You don’t have to present a supervised driving log.

      But if you are a first-time applicant you must hold a learner’s permit before you can apply for your new Minnesota driver’s license. The purpose of the permit is to practice driving together with a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old.

      You must hold the permit for a minimum of:

      • 6 months, if you are 18 years old.
      • 3 months, if you are 19 years old or older.

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