The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is once again offering the driver’s license knowledge test online after making security changes.
Gov. Tim Walz initially signed legislation in July that would allocate funds to allow DPS to administer the Class D knowledge test online. The online test first launched in early October and was taken offline on Nov. 2.
The test is now online again with some changes, DPS announced Tuesday.
A person proctoring the exam is now limited to overseeing testing for three individuals per year. The testing system will track how many times a person has proctored an exam.
Instead of a previous 48-hour waiting period, a person must take the exam immediately after registering. If the tester does not begin the test within three minutes of receiving the registration email, they must wait 72 hours before they can try again. According to the announcement from DPS, this helps ensure the person registered and the person taking the test are the same.
The changes do not apply to third-party knowledge testing at driver’s education programs or other authorized businesses.
“Protecting the integrity of online testing is critical to the success of this program and will help ensure Minnesotans have access to this test without needing to leave their home,” DPS Driver and Vehicle Services Director Emma Corrie said in a statement. “Expanding online services is more important than ever."
Since the online test was first made available in October, 23,000 people have taken advantage of the option.
Other security measures in place for the online test include a 30-minute time limit, prohibiting cell phones and cameras, and a feature that ends the test if the tester opens a new browser tab.
Online testing is available from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday. In-person testing is still available by appointment only.