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How to get a MN Drivers License if you are from another country (18+ with license from previous country)

March 21, 2013 - 8:40 pm

For the DVS’s detailed description & fees for exams click here

To get your Minnesota Drivers License you’ll need…

  • Proper identification
    Whenever you go to the DVS you will need to prove your identity and show proper paperwork each step of the way. Here is a list of what you may present to prove your identity.
  • Pass the Knowledge and Skills Tests
    Present white and yellow copy of your successful test results from the Knowledge and Skills Tests.** If you are from Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Virgin Islands and Guam, or Canada you only need to take the Knowledge Test (written exam).
  • Previous Drivers License from Home Country
    New residents must show a drivers license or a certified copy of their driving record.
  • Pass a vision check
    You will need to have 20/40 vision in either or both eyes and peripheral vision of 105 in either or both eyes. If you wear glasses or contacts to drive you should wear these during this check and drivers Skills Test (road exam).
  • Have a photo taken
  • Pay appropriate fees
    You can find more information about fees here

Knowledge Test (written exam)

  • DVS Locations
    Some locations offer a computerized test in English, Hmong, Vietnamese, Somali, Spanish and Russian
  • Drivers Manual
    This handbook will help you prepare for the test
  • Passing this test allows you get an Instruction Permit.

Skills Test (road exam)

  • Show a Valid Instruction Permit
    Instruction Permit FAQ (pdf)
    In order to get an Instruction Permit you must pass the Knowledge test. Once you have the permit, if you don’t have a permit or license from another state or country, you will practice driving with an adult licensed driver for at least three months. Then you may take the Skills Test.
  • Functioning Vehicle & Proof of Insurance
    If you don’t have your own vehicle, Midway Driving School has cars to rent for your road skills test. Contact us today to set up your first behind-the-wheel lesson and to get information about using our cars for the Skills Test.

How Midway Driving School can help you!

Training Designed for ESL & Nervous Adults
No one does it better! We have patient instructors that focus on your learning. Want to practice a specific skill? Let us know! Set up that behind-the-wheel appointment today!

Private Lessons
At Midway, we care about giving you focused attention by focusing on private lessons. Less distractions in the car is better for your learning, confidence, and safety.

Free Pickup Service
No wasted gas! We come and pick you up for your lesson. We have been serving the Twin Cities for over 30 years. Take a look at our wide service locations.

Single Lessons or Discount Packages
Buy a 1 hour, 1 1/2 hour, or 2 hour lesson at a time or pay for 6 or 7 1/2 hour package deals and use when needed! Lessons are available from 7 A.M. until 8 P.M. Monday through Saturday.

Cars Available for Minnesota License Road Test
Don’t have a vehicle for the big exam? Do not stress! We have cars available for Minnesota License Skills Test! After your first behind-the-wheel lesson you are eligible for renting one of MDS’s vehicles.

Happy and safe driving,
Midway Driving School

“Share the Road” – MDOT Campaign to See Pedestrians

October 2, 2012 - 7:00 pm

According to the Star Tribune, pedestrian deaths in 2012 are already at a 5 year high in Minnesota. MDot has decided to launch a “Share the Road” campaign to raise awareness to this deadly, but very reversible trend.

Here are some of their major tips:

1.) “Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks.“
2.) “Watch for pedestrians at all times.”
3.) “Avoid distracted and aggressive driving”

At Midway Driving School, we make sure all our behind-the-wheel drivers understand the importance of safety while driving. Students are trained to actively pay attention to the road without distractions.

MDS serves Saint Paul, Minneapolis, Duluth, Rochester areas. We also provide free pick-up for behind-the-wheel lessons. Midway driving school specializes in ESL, Nervous Adult, and Homeschool behind-the-wheel training. Our driver license service includes arranging appointments for our students to use our training cars for their Minnesota license Road Test.

Click here to see if we serve your area and to make an appointment today.

Safe Driving,
Midway Driving School