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Minnesota makes it easier to get a road test for new drivers

Weekend hours will be available beginning Nov. 2.

After months of complaints about long wait times and impossible scheduling, Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services has decided to open Twin Cities area testing facilities during weekends in November and December. 

In short, getting an appointment for a road test should be a lot easier for the rest of the year. 

The extended hours will be in place on Saturdays and Sundays beginning Nov. 2 through Dec. 22 at exam stations in Arden Hills, Eagan and Plymouth. The weekend hours will run from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., paving the way to more than 3,200 available weekend appointments before Christmas. 

“We are committed to serving Minnesotans and meeting their expectations,” DPS Commissioner John Harrington said in a release. “That means taking a closer look at the way DVS exam stations operate and making necessary changes to ensure road test appointments are available within a reasonable amount of time, at a convenient location for those who need them.”

There are a couple of weekend exceptions, however, with no appointments available No. 9-11 (Veteran's Day weekend) and Nov. 28-Dec. 1 (Thanksgiving weekend). 

In all, the weekend appointments will be capable of slotting 3,240 road tests for new drivers in the metro, in addition to the regular 2,860 available road tests throughout the state on a weekly Monday-Friday basis. 

It's not yet clear if the extended weekend hours will continue in 2020. 

Here's how you can schedule an appointment to take a road test at the Arden Hills, Eagan or Plymouth exam stations. Start by going online drive.mn.gov and do the following steps: 

  • Select Schedule or Reschedule an Exam under the driver services section.
  • You will need your Minnesota driver’s license or permit number, and date of birth.
  • You can only schedule one appointment at a time.
  • If you already have a road test appointment in your name, it will be cancelled when you schedule a new appointment.

According to a KARE 11 report in September, appointments at the metro area exam stations were booked out through January, which doesn't follow a state statute established in 2014 that says appointments will be fulfilled within 14 days of request. 

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