The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services (DPS-DVS) division has announced that the written class D test, required for learners' permits and full driver's licenses, will be accessible remotely online beginning this week.
Beginning Oct. 8, prospective drivers can register to take the online test between 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. from Monday through Saturday. They will have 30 minutes to take the test with supervision from a parent, guardian or adult who is at least 21 years old.
The move will allow Minnesota DPS-DVS locations to more quickly accommodate people who go to the physical locations while also reducing the overall demand, especially in rural areas, DPS-DVS Director Emma Corrie said in a statement.
“As we consider the colder weather months and continuing COVID concerns, an online knowledge test will allow Minnesotans to take the test at a convenient time in the comfort of their own home,” she said in a statement.
The state DPS-DVS is also expanding options for in-person tests by developing a network of deputy registrars and other certified entities who can proctor class D permit tests at testing locations, which can be hosted by community education programs, school districts or authorized businesses, according to the release.
Earlier this summer, the department began offering the option to renew driver's licenses online remotely.