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In most situations, drivers license endorsements are used for granting you additional driving privileges without having you to apply for a different type of drivers license. Most of the Minnesota driver's license endorsements apply to commercial drivers licenses and thus won't be useful to those who currently hold a regular class C license. However, there are exceptions to this trend, such as a motorcycle endorsement. A motorcycle endorsement can be added to any regular drivers license.
Every first time license applicant in Minnesota is required to take a Minnesota driving test before a license can be issued. The drivers test assesses your familiarity with the vehicle's equipment, your ability to control the vehicle, your knowledge of Minnesota driving rules and your ability to communicate with other drivers on the road. The drivers test in Minnesota is administered by the Department of Public Safety, Driver and Vehicle Services Division and you must schedule your road skills exam with them. The Minnesota drivers license test can be waived for those who currently hold a valid license issued by a different state.
If you have never been licensed before and would like to be able to drive on Minnesota roads, you need to apply for a Minnesota driver's license. Those who currently hold a drivers license issued by another state and have established residence in Minnesota will also need to exchange their existing license for a Minnesota driver license. The application procedure is very simple and straightforward. Those who wish to apply for a drivers license in Minnesota before reaching their 18th birthday must follow the state's graduated license program.
Applying for a Minnesota instruction permit is the first step towards achieving a drivers license. It is mandatory for everyone who has not been previously licensed. Those who currently hold or have previously held an out-of-of state or out-of-country license are not required to apply for a Minnesota drivers permit, however they may have to take a number of tests before they can be issued with a Minnesota license. Those who choose to apply for a learners permit in Minnesota before reaching the age of 18 years will need to look up graduated license rules and restrictions.