Driver’s Education Requirements
The process for getting your homeschooled student through driver’s education in Minnesota differs from that of a public school student. Below you will find a general outline and the resources necessary to assist you in the process.
Here are the steps and sequence you’ll need to follow for your teenage driver-to-be:
- Anytime after an individual in Minnesota has turned fourteen years old, they have the option to enroll and complete the book portion of driver’s education. Full-time homeschool students are able to complete a Driver and Vehicle Services-approved book course at home with a parent as the instructor.
- If you prefer not to supervise the book course, there are options for outsourcing. Some school districts may offer the option to enroll in their driver’s education program. Additionally, some driving schools offer book classes in addition to driving instruction. At this time, the state of Minnesota does not allow students to complete an online course for driver’s education. Some driving schools, however, offer the book portion online with a live teacher teaching one of the approved book courses. When in doubt, check with the Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services before enrolling your student. Contact your school district or local driving school for more information.
- Upon completion of the book course, a parent must submit the Home School Driver’s Education Affidavit to the Minnesota Office of Driver Education. You will receive a proof-of-classroom completion document back from the state that you will need in order to complete the next step.
- Next, you’ll need to decide which behind-the-wheel company you’d like to use. In order to sign up for the required behind-the-wheel instruction, the student’s completion document will need to be submitted to the company. Once the document is received, they will supply the student with a Certificate of Enrollment (also called “blue card”), which is needed to take the written exam.
- Once your learner is fifteen and has completed the above steps, they are eligible to take the written knowledge exam. They must bring their blue card, plus documents to meet the identification requirements to the Department of Vehicle Services testing center. When the student passes the exam, they will need to fill out the necessary forms and have a photo taken in order to receive their temporary license.
- The minimum behind-the-wheel portion of driver’s education in Minnesota consists of three 2-hour sessions with a professional driving instructor, plus no less than 50 additional hours of supervised driving with a licensed driver over the age of 21 (at least 15 hours must be at night.) The behind-the-wheel sessions are usually spread out over the course of the student’s 30 hours of supervised driving.
- Once the student reaches the age of 16, has held their temporary permit for at least six months, has completed the behind-the-wheel sessions and minimum 50 hours of additional driving, they are eligible to take the driving exam. An appointment is required for testing.