Safety and Respect MN

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I get my permit?

    Register and complete one of our 30 hour classroom sessinos to receive your blue card. After your 15th birthday go to the DVS building and remember to bring your blue card, social security card, and official birth certificate (not the hospital version). You'll need to pass the computer permit test by attaining at least an 80% on up to 40 questions.

  • When should I take the classroom session?

    You are allowed to begin the classroom portion of driver's training as soon as you turn 14. We recommend registering for a class that ends one month before or after your birthday. It will be helpful not to have a large gap between finishing the class and taking your permit test.

  • What happens if I miss a day of class?

    We always offer one make up day after a class is completed. We do not set the day until the second week of class so that we can make sure the majority of students who missed will be able to attend the make up day.

  • How do I get my license?

    Take 6 hours (3 two hour lessons) of behind the wheel instruction with our instructors to attain your white card. Schedule your road test two months in advance by calling 507-344-2799 or going online to You may take the test after your 16th birthday or wheneber you've held your permit for at least 6 months, whichever is later. On your test day take with you your permit, white card, social security number, and driving log of 50 hours (15 at night).

  • When should I take my behind the wheel lessons?

    You should take your first lesson after about 10-20 hours of driving so we can go over the basics and help instill good habits. You should take your second lesson about halfway between your 1st lesson and when you plan to take your road test. You should take your third lesson about a week before your road test. We will take you to the DVS and review everything you will need to know for your road test.

  • Will there be other students in the car during my behind the wheel lesson?

    No. We believe having other students in the car would be a distraction to the student driver and will never have more than one student in the car during a lesson.

  • Is the tuition refundable?

    Safety & Respect reserves the right to deny any deposit or payment refund requests.

  • Minnesota Instruction Permit Requirements

    1. Be 15 years of age.
    2. Complete an approved 30 hour driver education class.
    3. Pass a computer exam at a state licensing station.
    - You must present a certified copy of a birth certificate, social security card, and blue card. - A parent or guardian must accompany the student to the Motor Vehicle Department if the student wishes to receive the permit immediately after passing the computer exam.

  • Minnesota Provisional License Requirements

    1. Be 16 years of age.
    2. Complete at least 50 (40 if your parent attends the parent program offered during class) hours of behind-the-wheel driving experience with a licensed driver 21 years of age or older. 15 of the 40/50 required hours need to be at night.
    3. Complete 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training with a certified instructor.
    4. Hold an instructional permit for a minimum of 6 months.
    5. Pass a road test at a state licensensing station.

  • Minnesota Provisional License Restrictions
    During the first 6 months of licensure, driving is prohibited from midnight until 5 a.m. unless the provisional driver is: Accompanied by a licensed driver at least 25 years of age. Driving between home and work. Driving between home and a school event for which the school does not provide transportation. Driving for employment purposes. During the first 6 months of licensure, only one passenger under the age of 20 (not member of driver's immediate family) is permitted, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. During the second 6 months of licensure, no more than three passengers under the age of 20 (not members of driver's immediate family) are permitted, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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