Thirty Hours of Classroom Training
If you are looking to get a driver’s license in Minnesota, you must first obtain a learner’s permit. To do so, you’ll need to complete 30 hours of classroom instruction required by law. The course teaches the principles of road awareness and safety for prospective first-time drivers. Students must be 14 years of age and older. Upon successful completion of this class, students will receive a blue card. Your fee for the driver's education classroom training does not include behind the wheel. When your child is ready for their six hours of behind the wheel, register with the link below. We offer classes throughout the year. Classroom dates and registration information is emailed to all the students at the high school using their school district issued email address when they become available. Attendance is mandatory. Class Fee $100
Spring 2021 Class: M, T, W & Th: April 26, 27, 28, 29, May 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 & 17 | 3:30-6pm | Instructor Cindy Mollins | CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
As part of the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) law, parents will now play an even larger role in their child's development as a driver. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety adopted changes in the GDL, which include 40 hours behind the wheel (15 of which are nighttime hours) for teens, a required supervised driving log available on the District's website, and a parent awareness class. The parent awareness class gives parents new tools to help their children become better drivers. Parents have the option to attend a Point of Impact Parent Workshop. If the parent/guardian chooses to not complete the parent class, the teen driver must complete an additional 10 hours of supervised driving time with an adult totaling 50 hours. Free of charge.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 | 6-7:30pm | Instructor Cindy Mollins | CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Six Hours Behind the Wheel Training
Behind the wheel training is available for anyone who currently holds a valid permit in the State of Minnesota. Individuals must have their permit six months prior to getting their license. Students will receive behind the wheel once registered (closer to the time of his/her sixteenth birthday) or when a six-month waiting period is near completion, whichever is further out, with an exception for those obtaining a farm permit. Driving schedules are usually scheduled at least two to four weeks out. Please register for behind the wheel at least two months before your scheduled license test to ensure the behind the wheel is done in a timely manner. Our instructors will be in touch to schedule a time that works for driving. Students will drive one-on-one with an instructor in the car for three 2-hour sessions. Instructors drive with students during the week and on weekends. Times vary throughout the day and evening. Participants will need to provide and wear a face mask that covers their mouth and nose and wear it during the duration of their behind the wheel. Students can bring hand sanitizer for their personal use if desired. Subject to change based on CDC recommendations. Please do not register for behind the wheel until you receive your hard copy of the learner permit as you will need to include your permit number. Fee: $200
Behind the Wheel Training | By appointment | CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
NOTICE TO FAMILIES WHOM DID NOT COMPLETE THE CLASSROOM TRAINING THROUGH THE FRAZEE-VERGAS PUBLIC SCHOOLS: A written letter of completion from the driving school you attended needs to be submitted to the district. Said written letter is to verify that you successfully completed the 30 hours of classroom training outlined by the State of Minnesota and that they are allowing you to complete the behind-the-wheel training with the Frazee-Vergas Public Schools. Behind the wheel services cannot be provided until said documentation is on file with Community Education. Documentation can be emailed to email@example.com. Students completing the classroom training through the district will be given first priority for behind the wheel.
For Those Who Completed Classroom Elsewhere and Need to Purchase a Blue Card
For those who did NOT complete classroom training through the Frazee-Vergas Public Schools but want to obtain a blue card, a written Letter of Completion from the driving school attended will need to be submitted. Said written letter is to verify that you successfully completed the 30 hours of classroom training outlined by the State of Minnesota Department of Public Safety. A blue card will be issued upon receipt of the proper documentation. The fee for homeschooled students is $50 and for other programs the fee is $100. Behind the wheel training is a separate registration and not included in this fee.
Purchase a blue card, go to:
Updates from DPS-DVS
COVID-19 Updates from DPS-DVS for On-Site Knowledge Tests & Road Tests effective until further notice.
Instead of waiting in line, Minnesotans have to schedule appointments online for class D knowledge tests and for road tests at the regional DVS exam stations. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services division (DPS-DVS) is discontinuing tests on a first-come-first served basis and will require appointments. Minnesotans will need to book appointments online at drive.mn.gov.
Pre-Application & Knowledge Tests: Parents, please note there is a pre-application feature for driver’s education students taking their written test. This process takes about 10-15 minutes. Please complete the pre-application. Pre-application is found on their website at: (https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs/Pages/default.aspx) Click on the box on the right side that states “PRE-APPLY for a Driver’s License or ID” and follow the directions. Please be aware that the DPS-DVS is currently booking several weeks out. You will want to sign up as soon as possible.
To schedule an appointment, select "Schedule or Reschedule an Exam." Follow the prompts. Anyone who cannot keep an appointment should cancel their appointment online at drive.mn.gov with as much notice as possible so that appointment can be opened up for someone else. Please come prepared. Wear a face mask (required). Bring required documents. Know your social security number. Bring check, cash or money order to pay the instruction permit fee and the retesting fee, if applicable. There is a $10 test fee for third or subsequent knowledge tests after failing the first two.
Road Tests: Parents, please know that scheduling the road test with Driver and Vehicle Services are often booked several weeks and sometimes months in advance depending on the testing location. We suggest you plan ahead and schedule your exam ahead of time to ensure you get it in a timely manner and meet the requirements set in place. To do so, go to: https://driverservices.dps.mn.gov/EServices/_/ or call the testing site.
Resources for Families
Driver's Manual Audio Files
Free Practice Permit Test
Minnesota Driver’s Test Checklists
Supervised Driving Log
Understanding Minnesota Traffic Law for Drivers Under Age 18
Answers to Common Teen Driving Questions
Teen Driving Laws
Teens Behind the Wheel
Teen Road Rules Brochure
Teenage Driver Safety Campaign
Teen Driving Flyer
What's the Big Deal? Underage Drinking in Minnesota
Teen Driver's Contract between Teen & Parent
Farm Work License
Individuals applying for a farm work license, please note that a restricted farm work license only allows students to assist with farm work on farm/agricultural property that is owned or rented/leased by the family. If you have questions regarding the farm work license statute, which is explained in M.S. 171.041, it may be viewed at https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=171.041. If you wish to apply for a farm work license, please print off and complete the Farm Work License Affidavit and return it to the Driver and Vehicle Services for approval.
Home School Procedures
Students who are full-time homeschooled students working toward a home school diploma are eligible to complete the 30 hour classroom course at home with the parents as instructors. There are currently 14 approved classroom curricula for homeschooled students. The list of approved providers may be found on the DVS website at https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs/forms-documents/Documents/HomeSchoolMaterials.pdf. This link will inform homeschooled families who is qualified, what they need to do and the different homeschool programs that are approved by the state. (All approved courses send physical materials (textbook, workbook, video’s, etc.) when they enroll in the program. Just because a program is called DriverEdToGo.com or DriversEd.com does not mean that they do online driver education in Minnesota.)
When the students have completed the 30 hour course using one of the approved curricula, they must complete the Home School Driver’s Education Affidavit, and fax or mail it to the Office of Driver Education. The affidavit can be found on the DVS website at https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs/forms-documents/Documents/HomeSchoolAffidavit.pdf. When the completed affidavit is received by the State, a letter of completion is mailed to the home school family along with instructions to take the letter of completion to the school where they will purchase a blue card and enroll the student in behind the wheel. At the time of issuing a blue card to the home school student, said blue card and behind the wheel training will need to be paid.
In May 2004, a law went into effect referred to as “Vanessa’s Law” in memory of Vanessa Weiss, who was killed in May 2003 just days before her 16th birthday. She was a passenger in a vehicle driven by an unlicensed 15- year-old. Provisions of this law apply to drivers under age 18.
• An unlicensed teen who received a crash-related moving violation or an alcohol/controlled substance related violation (a violation of one or more statutes, including DWI, Implied Consent, Open Bottle, or Underage Drinking and Driving/Not a Drop Law) cannot be given a license, including an instruction permit or provisional license, until age 18. When this person turns 18, s/he must:
• Fulfill all reinstatement requirements, including the payment of fees which can be up to $680 depending on circumstances;
• Pass the driver’s license knowledge test;
• Obtain an instruction permit and hold it for at least six months, or three months for persons 19 years of age or older, and then pass the road test.
• A provisional license holder whose driving privilege was revoked due to a crash-related moving violation or an alcohol/controlled substance-related violation cannot regain a license until age 18. At that time, the person must complete the following steps to obtain a full driver’s license:
• Fulfill all reinstatement requirements, including the payment of fees which can be up to $680 depending on circumstances;
• Complete the classroom portion of a formal driver education course;
• Obtain an instruction permit and hold it for three months;
• Complete a driver’s behind-the-wheel class.
Notice to Vanessa's Law Students registering with the Frazee-Vergas Community Education:
Students who are required to complete 30 hours of classroom and six hours of behind the wheel under Vanessa’s Law are sent a letter from the Driver Evaluation Unit. A copy of the letter must be included with registration and payment. Individuals with questions can contact the Driver Evaluation Unit at 651.296.2025. During the time of possessing a valid instruction permit, you must complete six hours of behind-the-wheel training and hold a valid instruction permit for at least 90 days. No behind the wheel will be provided without a valid instruction permit. You may check your Minnesota driving status at https://mndriveinfo.org/dvsinfo/dv02/dv02frame.asp, or you may call 651.284.2000.
Not a Drop Law
In Minnesota, it is illegal for a person under age 21 to consume alcohol. If an underage person drinks and drives, they face penalties under Minnesota’s “Not a Drop” law in addition to DWI laws. Under “Not a Drop,” if an officer observes an underage person operating or in physical control of a motor vehicle and determines they have been drinking; they can lose their license for 30 to 180 days. The length of suspension will depend on the driver’s prior record.
Take Action to Stop the Distraction: Everything Can Wait--EVEN THE PHONE
Minnesota takes action to stop distraction driving. Minnesota Hands-Free Law takes effective August 1, 2019. Drivers will no longer be allowed to hold their phone in their hand. A driver may not use their phone at any time for video calling, video live-streaming, Snapchat, gaming, looking at video or photos stored on the phone, using apps, reading texts and scrolling or typing on the phone. (NOTE: Hand-held phone use is allowed to obtain emergency assistance, if there is an immediate threat to life and safety, or when in an authorized emergency vehicle while performing official duties.) Again, effective August 1, 2019, It is ILLEGAL for drivers to read/compose/send text messages and emails, or access the Internet using a wireless device while the vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic —including stopped in traffic or at a traffic light. Cell phone use is totally banned for teen drivers during their permit and provisional license stages. The fine for a person who violates this law is at least $125 on the first offense, and $275 for two or more offenses.
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ots/hands-free/Pages/default.aspx
IMPACT STORIES: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ots/hands-free/Pages/impact-stories.aspx