Minnesota CDL Requirements

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      You must be at least 18 years old to operate a commercial motor vehicle within the state of Minnesota (intrastate) and at least 21 years of age to drive a commercial motor vehicle across Minnesota state lines (interstate). You must also be at least 21 years old to transport materials that are deemed hazardous and require a placard. You need a Minnesota (MN) CDL in order to operate either commercial or non-commercial motor vehicles that fall into the following categories:

Class A
      Any combination of vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 26,001 pounds or more, provided that the gross vehicle weight rating of the towed vehicle is in excess of 10,000 pounds.  

Class B
      Any single vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 26,001 or more pounds, as well as any vehicle towing another vehicle that does not exceed a weight of 10,000 pounds. 

Class C
      Any vehicle or combination of vehicles that does not meet the criteria of either Class A or Class B, but is designed to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver), or is used in transporting materials classified as hazardous in the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act. Each applicant must also have a passenger or hazardous materials endorsement in order to obtain a Class C commercial driver’s license. 

Applying for a Minnesota Commercial Learner’s Permit

      You must already possess a Minnesota commercial learner’s permit (CLP) before you can take the CDL Skills Test. Before applying for a Minnesota commercial learner’s permit, you must already possess a valid Minnesota Class D driver’s license. You will be issued a Minnesota commercial driver’s license (CDL) when you pass both the written general knowledge test and the CDL Skills Test. 

      In order to obtain a Minnesota commercial learner’s permit, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old for intrastate driving (within the state of Minnesota).
  • Be at least 21 years of age for interstate driving (outside the state of Minnesota).
  • Be at least 21 years of age to transport materials deemed hazardous.
  • Possess a valid Minnesota Class D driver’s license.
  • Provide your Social Security card.
  • Prove you are of legal U.S. status by providing the required documents .
  • Provide proof of your current Minnesota residency that shows your name and address (i.e., a utility bill, vehicle registration, etc.).
  • Provide your current D.O.T. Medical Examiner’s Certificate (cannot be more than 2 years old).
  • Provide your current D.O.T. Medical Examination Report Form (cannot be more than 2 years old).
  • Pass the CDL general knowledge written test. 
  • Pay the $2.50 fee for each CDL endorsement exam (there is no fee for the CLP).

      If you have any questions about which documents to bring to your local Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services branch when you apply for your commercial learner’s permit, you can check out the Identification Requirements information sheet or, you can call the Michigan Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services at (651) 297-5029 and speak to a customer service representative. You can also email them at dvs.driverslicense@state.mn.us

The CDL Written Tests

      All commercial driver’s license applicants must pass the general knowledge written test in order to be eligible to receive a CDL. All CDL knowledge tests are administered in English in either written form or on a computer. In order to receive a passing score, each applicant is required to answer at least 80% of the questions correctly. All written tests require a score of at least 80% to pass.

      Applicants are permitted to take the written tests once per day. There is no fee to take the written tests twice but, you will be required to pay a fee of $10 each time you take the written tests thereafter. Once the applicant obtains the commercial learner’s permit, they will have a total of six months to practice driving a commercial vehicle and take the CDL Skills Test to obtain their CDL before the learner’s permit expires. The commercial learner’s permit is not renewable.

      Be sure to download and study the Minnesota Commercial Driver’s Manual as it contains the information you need to pass the CDL tests, including some sample test questions.

      Our Free CDL Practice Tests will help prepare you for the actual CDL knowledge tests administered by the DMV.

      Click here to see a map and clickable list of Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services branch locations that offer the CDL written tests.      
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Applying for a Minnesota Commercial Driver’s License

      In order to obtain a commercial driver’s license in the state of Minnesota, you must:

  • Possess a valid Minnesota commercial learner’s permit.
  • Possess a valid Minnesota Class D driver’s license.
  • Possess a current D.O.T. card (cannot be more than 2 years old).
  • Provide proof of vehicle insurance and vehicle registration (must be verified before you can take the test).
  • Provide a test vehicle of the same class as the CDL you are testing for (must display a valid inspection sticker).
  • Provide a passenger with a valid Minnesota CDL to ride with you in your test vehicle to the test location.
  • Pass the CDL general knowledge written test.
  • Pass the CDL Skills Test.
  • Pay the $45.25 fee for a Class A commercial driver’s license ($25.25 for applicants under the age of 21).
  • Pay the $37.25 fee for a Class B commercial driver’s license.
  • Pay the $30.25 fee for a Class C commercial driver’s license.
  • Pay the $5 fee for each additional CDL endorsement.
  • Pay the $20 retest fee each time you take the CDL Skills Test if you fail the first two attempts (the first two attempts are free).

The CDL Skills Test

      The CDL Skills Test consists of a Pre-trip Inspection, a Basic Vehicle Controls Test, and an On-Road Driving Test, and must be taken in the same class and type of motor vehicle you plan to drive once you obtain your CDL.  If you take the CDL Skills Test in a commercial motor vehicle that is not equipped with air brakes, then you will have an air brakes restriction attached to your commercial driver’s license. 

  • Pre-trip Inspection: Before you can take the CDL driving tests, you will first be tested on your knowledge of the class of vehicle you plan on driving once you obtain your CDL. The Pre-trip inspection also determines if your commercial vehicle is safe enough to drive on public roads.
  • Basic Controls Test: Before you can take the CDL Road Test, you will first need to prove that you have the skills to operate a commercial motor vehicle on public roads. This test consists of various off-road maneuvers such as backing up your vehicle. 
  • Road Skills Test: Once you pass the first two tests, you will be required to drive your commercial vehicle on public roads in various traffic situations. You will be required to operate the same class of commercial vehicle you plan to drive once you obtain your CDL.

      The Road Skills Test will be given on a route predetermined by the examiner. The test route may include the following:

  • Left turns
  • Right turns
  • Intersections
  • Railway crossings
  • Curves
  • Upgrades
  • Downgrades
  • Rural roads
  • Semi-rural roads
  • City streets
  • Multi-lane streets
  • Expressway driving
  • Multi-turn lane manuevers

            During the test you will be scored on:

  1. Turns
  2. Merging
  3. Lane changes
  4. Speed control

      Since the CDL Skills Test is a three part test, each test phase must be passed in order to move onto the next test phase. If you fail even one phase of the test, then the entire examination will end. You are allowed only one test attempt per day and must start from the very beginning on each attempt.

      Be sure to download and study the Minnesota Commercial Driver’s Manual as it contains pertinent information that will help you pass the CDL Skills Test. Don’t forget to download, print, and bring the Minnesota Commercial Vehicle Pre-Trip Inspection Checklist to help you pass the Pre-Trip Inspection phase of the CDL Skills Test.

     Click here to see a map and clickable list of Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services branch locations that offer the CDL Skills Test.

Commercial Driver Self-Certification

      In the state of Minnesota, all commercial driver’s license applicants must self-certify as to what type of driving they will be doing (intrastate or interstate), and if they have met all the FMCSA medical requirements. You can download and print a copy of the self-certification form here.

      To find out more about self-certifying in the state of Minnesota, be sure to read the Minnesota CDL Self-Certification Form Information Sheet, Minnesota CDL Medical Self-Certification FAQs, and the Minnesota Commercial Drivers Self-Certification Facts Flyer.

Medical Examination Report for Commercial Driver’s License

      In order to apply for a commercial driver’s license, you must have the Medical Examiner’s Certificate and the Medical Examination Report completed by one of the following:

  • Licensed U.S. doctor of medicine (M.D.)
  • Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O)
  • Licensed physician assistant (P.A.)
  • Advanced practice registered nurse
  • Chiropractor

      The Medical Examiner’s Certificate must be dated within the previous two years and attached to the Medical Examination Report. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services will only accept your medical forms if they have been completed by a qualified physician who has been certified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. You can search for a FMCSA certified physician by using the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

      The FMSCA requires you to have at least 20/40 vision in each eye and a field of vision of at least 140 degrees in order to be certified to operate a commercial motor vehicle. Under certain conditions, you may be able to be waived from these and other medical requirements.     

      You can submit your completed and signed Medical Examiner’s CertificateMedical Examination Report, and Minnesota CDL Medical Self-Certification Form by doing any of the following:

                              Driver and Vehicle Services
                              445 Minnesota Street
                              Suite 180
                              St. Paul, MN 55101-5180

      Be sure to double check that your information is correct before you fax, send, or hand in your documents. If you have any questions about self-certification, you can contact the CDL Help Desk by phone at (651) 297-5029 or by email at DVS.PIC.Answer@state.mn.us.

Hazmat Endorsement

      In the state of Minnesota, any person applying for a Hazardous Materials CDL endorsement is required to undergo a federal background check and federal fingerprint check according to guidelines set by the Transportation Security Administration. All applicants must also provide the required documents to verify their identification and legal U.S. status. For more information, check out the Transportation Security Administration’s F.A.Q. page.

      You can apply for the security threat assessment on the TSA Hazardous Material Endorsement Enrollment Website. You must begin applying at least 30 days before the expiration of your CDL. You can start the application process on the HTAP Online Application Website. To apply by phone call (855) 347-8371. Use the TSA Enrollment Center Locator to find the nearest TSA approved fingerprint office.

Military Drivers

      In the state of Minnesota, if you are currently serving in the military or have been honorably discharged within the last 90 days, and you have driven military vehicles that would require a CDL to operate as a civilian with a 2 year safe driving record, then you may qualify for the waiver of the CDL Skills Test and may be exempt from taking the commercial driver skills test. You will still be required to take the written tests. Certain restrictions apply. Download, print, and complete the Application for Military Skills Test Waiver to start the process. 

      If you have any questions about the Military Skills Test Waiver, you may call the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services at (651) 297-5029 and speak to a customer service representative or you can email them at dvs.driverslicense@state.mn.us

Minnesota CDL Endorsements

      H      Placarded Hazmat      Required to transport hazardous materials under DOT regulations. 

      N      Tank Vehicles      Required to transport liquids in bulk containers of 1,000 gallons or more.

      X      Tanker/Hazardous Materials Combination   Required to transport hazardous materials in tank vehicles   

      T      Double/Triple Trailers      Indicates CDL holder is certified to operate multiple trailer haulers. 

      P     Passengers      Indicates the CDL holder is certified to operate passenger vehicles.

      S     School Bus      Indicates the CDL holder is authorized to operate a school bus. The “P” endorsement is also required.

Minnesota CDL Restrictions

      K      Intrastate Only      Indicates that the CDL holder is prohibited from driving any commercial vehicle outside state lines (under age 21  only).

      L      Air Brakes Restriction      Indicates that the CDL holder is prohibited from driving any commercial vehicle that is equipped with air brakes.

Important Minnesota Commercial Driver’s License Resources 

Minnesota Commercial Driver’s Manual
Minnesota CDL Practice Tests
Minnesota Commercial Truck & Passenger Regulations
Minnesota Commercial Vehicle Pre-Trip Inspection Checklist
Minnesota Department of Public Safety Identification Requirements
Seasonal Commercial Driver License Waiver Application
Minnesota Application for Military Skills Test Waiver
Application for Military Skills Test Waiver
Minnesota Notification of Violation by Commercial Driver
Minnesota CDL Self-Certification Form Information Sheet
Minnesota CDL Medical Self-Certification FAQs
Minnesota Commercial Drivers Self-Certification Facts Flyer
Minnesota CDL Medical Self-Certification Form
Minnesota Medical Examination Report Form
Medical Examination Report Form 649-F
Medical Examiner’s Certificate 
National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

 

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Map of Minnesota CDL Test Locations 

TitleAddress
1. Ada DVS 15 Second Avenue East, Ada, MN 56510
2. Aitkin DVS 2 Second Street NW, Aitkin, MN 56431
3. Albert Lea DVS 411 S. Broadway Avenue, Albert Lea, MN 56007
4. Alexandria DVS 700 Cedar Street, Alexandria, MN 56308
5. Anoka DVS 530 W. Main Street, Suite 5 Anoka, MN 55303
6. Arden Hills North Metro DVS Interstate 35W & County Road, Saint Paul, MN 55112
7. Austin DVS 430 10th Street NE, Austin, MN 55912
8. Bagley DVS 303 N. Main Street, Bagley, MN 56621
9. Baudette DVS 206 8th Avenue, Baudette, MN 56623
10. Bemidji DVS** 701 Minnesota Avenue NW, Bemidji, MN 56601
11. Bemidji DVS** 111 2nd Street, Bemidji, MN 56601
12. Benson DVS 304 14th Street, Benson, MN 56215
13. Brainerd Exam Station 213 5th Street South, Brainerd, MN 56401
14. Breckenridge DVS Courthouse, 300 S. 5th Street, Breckenridge, MN 56520
15. Caledonia DVS 304 S. Marshall Street, Caledonia, MN 55921
16. Chaska DVS 418 Pine Street South, Suite A, Chaska, MN 55318
17. Crookston DVS 612 N. Broadway Street, Suite 213, Crookston, MN 56716
18. Detroit Lakes DVS 1000 Hwy 10 West, Detroit Lakes MN 56501
19. Duluth Exam Station 4602 Grand Avenue, Suite 990, Duluth, MN 55807
20. Eagan DVS 2070 Cliff Road, Saint Paul, MN 55112
21. East Grand Forks DVS 929 5th Avenue NE, East Grand Forks, MN 56721
22. Elbow Lake DVS 10 2nd Street NE, Elbow Lake, MN 56531
23. Elk River DVS 13880 Hwy 10, Elk River, MN 55330
24. Ely DVS 118 S. 4th Avenue East, Ely, MN 55731
25. Faribault DVS 1105 W. Division Street, Faribault, MN 55021
26. Fergus Falls DVS 421 E. Cecil Avenue, Fergus Falls, MN 56537
27. Gaylord DVS 400 Court Avenue, Gaylord, MN 55334
28. Glencoe DVS 2391 Hennepin Avenue North, Glencoe, MN 55336
29. Glenwood DVS 137 E. Minnesota Avenue, Glenwood, MN 56334
30. Grand Marais DVS 10 Broadway Avenue, Grand Marais, MN 55604
31. Grand Rapids DVS 1121 4th Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MN 55744
32. Granite Falls DVS 641 Prentice Street, Granite Falls, MN 56241
33. Hallock DVS** 410 S. 5th Street, Hallock, MN 56728
34. Hastings DVS 217 Ramsey Street, Hastings, MN 55033
35. Hibbing DVS 2900 E. Beltline Hwy, Hibbing, MN 55746
36. Hutchinson DVS 111 Hassan Street SE, Hutchinson, MN 55350
37. Ivanhoe DVS 319 N. Rebecca Street, Ivanhoe, MN 56142
38. Jackson DVS 407 5th Street, Jackson, MN 56143
39. LaCrescent DVS 315 Main Street, La Crescent, MN 55947
40. LeCenter DVS 88 S. Park Avenue, Le Center, MN 56057
41. Little Falls DVS 107 2nd Street SE, Little Falls, MN 56345
42. Luverne DVS 1120 N. Blue Mound Avenue, Luverne, MN 56156
43. Madison DVS 600 6th Street, Madison, MN 56256
44. Mahnomen DVS** 311 N. Main Street, Mahnomen, MN 56557
45. Milaca DVS 255 1st Street, East, Milaca, MN 56353
46. Minneapolis DVS Midtown Exchange, 2929 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407
47. Minneapolis DVS** 300 S. 6th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401
48. Montevideo DVS 629 N. 11th Street, Suite 5, Montevideo, MN 56265
49. Moorhead DVS** 1300 15th Avenue North, Moorhead, MN 56560
50. Mora DVS 903 E. Forest Avenue, Mora, MN 55051
51. Morris DVS 7 E. 8th Street, Morris, MN 56267
52. New Ulm DVS 1900 N. Franklin Street, New Ulm, MN 56073
53. North Mankato DVS 342 Belgrade Avenue, Mankato, MN 56003
54. Olivia DVS 500 E. Depue Avenue, Olivia, MN 56277
55. Ortonville DVS 309 Madison Avenue, Ortonville, MN 56278
56. Park Rapids DVS 301 Court Street, Park Rapids, MN 56470
57. Paynesville DVS 221 Washburne Avenue, Paynesville, MN 56362
58. Pine City DVS 809 Main Street, South, Pine City, MN 55063
59. Pipestone DVS 216 E. Main Street, Pipestone, MN 56164
60. Pipestone DVS 416 Hiawatha Avenue South, Pipestone, MN 56164
61. Plymouth DVS 2455 Fernbrook Lane, Minneapolis, MN 55447
62. Preston DVS 201 Fillmore Street West, Preston, MN 55965
63. Redwood Falls DVS 250 S. Jefferson Street, Redwood Falls, MN 56283
64. Rochester DVS 1633 N. Broadway Avenue, Rochester, MN 55906
65. Sandstone DVS 119 4th Street, Sandstone, MN 55072
66. Slayton DVS 2500 28th Street, Slayton, MN 56172
67. St. Cloud Exam Station 3333 W. Division Street, Belgrade, MN 56312
68. St. James DVS 710 2nd Avenue South, St. James, MN 56081
69. St. Paul DVS 445 Minnesota Street, St. Paul, MN 55101
70. Stillwater DVS 1520 W. Frontage Road, Stillwater, MN 55082
71. Thief River Falls DVS 244 125th Avenue, NE, Thief River Falls, MN 56701
72. Tracy DVS** 336 Morgan Street, Tracy, MN 56175
73. Two Harbors DVS 417 South Avenue, Two Harbors, MN 55616
74. Virginia DVS 101 Hoover Road, Virginia, MN 55792
75. Wadena DVS 517 Jefferson Street, Wadena, MN 56482
76. Walker DVS 701 Elm Street, Walker, MN 56484
77. Warren DVS 208 E. Colvin Avenue, Warren, MN 56762
78. Waseca DVS 300 N. State Street, Waseca, MN 56093
79. Wheaton DVS 702 2nd Avenue North, Wheaton, MN 56296
80. Willmar DVS 1601 E. Hwy 12, Willmar, MN 56201
81. Windom DVS 444 Ninth Street, Windom, MN 56101
82. Winona DVS 157 W. 3rd Street, Winona, MN 55987
83. Worthington DVS 315 10th Street, Worthington, MN 56187

 

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