Minnesota State ID Card and Driver's License
Minnesota State ID Card
As an F-1 student studying at Augsburg College, you are eligible to apply for a MN State ID card. To obtain a MN State ID card, you will have to
- Bring one primary and one secondary document with you. For a complete list of primary and secondary documents, please refer to the identification requirements.
- Fill out the application form at one of the Department of Motor Vehicles offices. We recommend Government Center Service Center at 300 South 6th Street – A Level in downtown Minneapolis as you can get there easily by car, bus or light rail. If you do not drive, you can take the light rail and get off at at Government Plaza Station. Otherwise, you can take the No. 22 bus to the corner of Cedar Avenue South and 6th Street South to get there.
- Pay the required $17.25 fee by check or cash.
- Have your photo taken at the office.
If you are interested applying for a Minnesota driver’s license, the right type for you is Class D. To apply for a Minnesota driver’s license, you will need to
- Present white and yellow copy of your successful test results.
- Present all other driver’s licenses. Your license from your previous state of residence will be invalidated and returned to you. Licenses from another country are not invalidated as you may use them if you have dual citizenship.
- Pay appropriate fees ($23.25 by cash or check).
You can make an application at any Driver’s License Office, some of which are Exam station locations.
- Knowledge (Written) Test: Knowledge (Written) tests are available on a walk-in basis at a Driver and Vehicle Services Exam Station during certain hours. You must show proper identification when you are ready to take the test. Some stations offer a computerized test which is available in English or several other languages (Hmong, Vietnamese, Somali, Spanish and Russian). Before taking the test, please study Minnesota Driver’s Manual carefully. When you pass the knowledge test, you will receive an instruction permit that is valid for two years of practice driving with a licensed driver sitting in the front passenger seat. For more detailed regulations regarding practicing driving with an instruction permit, please refer to Minnesota Driver’s Manual (Chapter One).
- Skills (Road) Test: You are tested on your ability to drive a motor vehicle safely under normal traffic conditions. You may not have anyone in the car during the test other than the driver examiner. We recommend that you make an appointment for a skills (road) test. This can be done online or by calling (651) 284-1234. See below for information regarding winter road testing.