Minnesota Permit Study Guide

Taking the DVS permit test in Minnesota does not have to be intimidating.  Use this study guide, and take the permit practice test to help make the process easy.

In order to receive a learner permit in Minnesota, applicants must pass a written knowledge test that covers details of traffic laws and regulations as well as road signs.  For the best chance of passing on the written permit test on the first try, you should read the Minnesota Driver's Manual. The following information will tell you more about the permit test and how you can increase your chances of passing the written exam.

There are approximately 40 questions on the Minnesota written permit exam. You will need to have a score of at least 80 percent in order to successfully pass the test. The exam is a mixture of multiple choice and true/false questions that focus on your knowledge of state traffic laws and road signs.

There are certain sections of the Manual that may be more important to study than others for testing purposes:

  • chapter 3 - Traffic Laws and Vehicle Operation.  The written exam requires you to understand basic Minnesota traffic laws.
  • chapter 4 – Sharing the Road will help you navigate traffic situations
  • chapter 5, Signs, Signals and Pavement Markings.  You should be able to recognize road signs by their shapes and colors.
  • chapter 6 – Driving Conditions.  The test may ask you how to handle certain specific driving scenarios
  • chapter 8 – Impaired Driving.  Expect a few questions about drugs and alcohol related to driving.

Information that pertains to rules and restrictions for teenage drivers can be found in chapter 1 - Your License to Drive on pages 9-11. Otherwise, chapters 1, 2, 7 and 9 are mostly administrative and not likely to be found on the permit test.

The other thing that students find helpful to prepare is take a practice test.  Taking these Minnesota permit practice tests will help you to become familiar with how the test is structured, and you will have a better idea of the types of questions that will be asked.  It will also let you know what topics you may need to brush up on.