For students ages 15-17*:
(*18 year olds are able to take the Driver Education course but are not required by MN State Law. Learn More.)
Step 1 – Driver Education Course
- The State-required 30-hour Driver Education course is for teens 15-17 years old who want to get their permit and license.
- For classes conducted through Saint Paul Community Education, students must be 15 years old or older by the last day of the class.
- Students are required to attend all 30-hours of the driver education course in entirety. Do not enroll in a course unless you can attend all class sessions.
- We understand that emergencies can happen at any time; in the case of an extenuating circumstance ONLY, students may miss up to one class period (3 hours). Missed class time must be made up and students must schedule make-up days with the Driver Education Office. Students will not receive their Blue Card until all 30 hours have been completed. If a student misses more than 3 hours of class time, student will be un-enrolled from the class and will receive a refund minus a $50 cancellation fee. Student will not receive credit for their time in class.
- The Driver Education course is designed to prepare the student for the permit test.
Step 2 – Instruction Permit
- Once the student has successfully completed the 30-hour Driver Education course and has paid the full course fee, the student is issued a Blue Card.
- Students will take the Blue Card to the Department of Vehicle Services to take the permit test. This is done on the students’ own time.
- The Class D Instruction Permit is valid for 2 years and there is a fee of $15.50, payable to the Department of Vehicle Services at the time the permit test is completed.
Step 3 – Behind-the-Wheel Instruction
- 6 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction is included in the fee when you register for the 30-hour Driver Education course.
- These individual behind-the-wheel lessons occur in 1 ½ or 2 hour increments.
- Students will typically begin their lesson from school or from their homes and will be dropped off at their homes. Students who live outside of St. Paul need to make arrangements to begin and end their lesson in St. Paul.
- Students have 18 months, starting from the last day of the 30-hour Driver Education course, to complete their behind-the-wheel lessons. Please allow several weeks to complete the behind-the-wheel lessons once assigned to an instructor. (Instructors will not be able to accomodate 'last minute' or 'rush' requests.)
- To get assigned to a behind-the-wheel instructor, call the Driver Education office at 651-744-5094 once you have received your plastic instruction permit with your photo. You will need to have your instruction permit number when you call.
- Tip: Driving a vehicle will take a long time to master, so the more practice the better. We recommend students practice driving right away after obtaining their permit with a parent/guardian to learn and perfect the basics. Then use the 6 hours of behind-the-wheel with an instructor to practice more complicated techniques.
Step 4 – Driver’s License
- To be eligible to take the license exam student must be 16 years old or older, have had their permit for at least 6 months, have completed the 40-50 hour supervised driving log, and have completed the 6 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction.
- Supervised Driving Log: Drivers under the age of 18 must submit a driving log at the time of the license exam. Parents/guardians have two options regarding the supervised driving log-
- Complete a supplemental parent class provided by a driver education program approved in Minnesota, and then submit a supervised driving log showing their teen has completed at least 40 hours of supervised driving, 15 of which are nighttime hours.
- If the parent/guardian chooses not to complete the supplemental parent class, the driving log must show that their teen has completed at least 50 hours of supervised driving, 15 of which are nighttime hours.
- Once the student has successfully completed the 6 hours of behind-the wheel instruction the student is issued a White Card.
- Students will take the White Card to the Department of Vehicle Services to take the license exam. This is done on the students’ own time.
- The Class D Provisional Driver License is valid until you are 21 years of age and there is a fee of $19.25, payable to the Department of Vehicle Services at the time the license exam is completed.