What is the driving age in Minnesota?

I live in Minnesota. Do I really have to wait until I’m 18 years old to get my license?

Find out if you’re getting ripped off on your car insurance in less than two minutes.
No spam · No long forms · No fees
Find savings (100% Free)
rating white
3.5k Ratings
Answer provided by
Jacqulyn Graber
Answered on Apr 15, 2022
Driving age restrictions can get quite confusing, especially since they vary state to state. The driving age in Minnesota is 18 years old to qualify for a full, unrestricted license. Younger teens can get behind the wheel at 15 with a provisional license thanks to the state’s Graduated Driver’s Licensing (GDL) system.
The first step of the Gopher State’s GDL is to apply for an instruction permit. This permit allows new drivers to practice their skills under the supervision of a licensed, adult driver. Here’s how you can qualify:
  • Be at least 15 years old
  • Complete the appropriate amount of classroom instruction and be enrolled in behind-the-wheel instruction
  • Pass a vision and written knowledge test
  • Have written permission from a parent or guardian
Your instruction permit is valid for two years, but you can move to the next phase of the GDL system—the provisional license phase—-before then. Provisional drivers are subject to certain restrictions, such as nighttime and passenger limitations. Here’s how to apply:
  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Complete the classroom and behind-the-wheel portions of driver’s education
  • Have held your instruction permit for at least 6 months with no convictions for moving and/or alcohol or controlled substance violations
  • Pass a road test
Drivers will be eligible to apply for a full license at age 18, or after holding a provisional license for at least 12 months with no convictions for alcohol/controlled substance violations or crash-related moving violations, and no more than one moving violation that is not crash-related.
If you’re thinking about licenses, you should also be thinking about car insurance. If you’d rather leave the hard work of gathering quotes to someone else, use Jerry. The Jerry app can collect quotes from dozens of top insurance companies in seconds and the average user saves $887 per year.

Here to save on car and home insurance? Great, you do that. We’ll do everything else.

Sign up in under a minute.
No need to fill out forms or shop around. Sign up in 45 seconds to start saving. Jerry does the rest.
Jerry collects and analyzes your current coverage.
Say hello to Jerry, your new insurance agent. We’ll contact your insurance company, review your current plan, then find the coverage that fits your needs and saves you money.
Get the best options before your renewal.
Jerry does all the picky, busy work by comparing prices and coverage from more than 50+ insurance companies. We compare what we find to your current policy and offer you the three best options before every renewal.