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Driver's License and State ID

In Minnesota, both the Driver's License and State ID are legal identifications for financial transactions (banks, shops, etc.) and age check (alcohol, tobacco, etc.).

Driver's License:
Drivers are required to change to a MN driver's license within 60 days. You may use your country's driving permit before changing to a MN driver's license; however, an International Driver's Permit (IDP) is often more well-known and recognized.

The first step to getting a MN driver's license is to take the written test. Study the MN Drivers' Manual to prepare. 

Go to a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Metro Testing Center to take the written test or road test.
DMV Testing Centers (call for hours and appointment availability):
35WN & Co. Rd. I, Arden Hills, (651) 639-4057
2070 Cliff Rd., Eagan, (651) 388-1870
2455 Fernbrook Lane, Plymouth, (612) 341-3401
530 W. Main St., Anoka, (612) 422-3401

Identification Requirements:
To apply for a Minnesota driver′s license, take your immigration documents along with a DMV transcript to a DMV Testing Center. You can request a DMV transcript in the ISS Portal by putting in a Letter Request for "Driver's License Letter." The Registrar's office will issue one free "DMV Purposes Only" transcript with your birthdate. You must pay for future DMV transcript requests.
MN Real ID Requirements:
Starting Oct. 1, 2020, a REAL ID-compliant license or identification card or another acceptable form of identification will be required to board a domestic flight or enter a federal facility. View a list of required documents for the MN Real ID here:

State ID:
To get a MN State ID, bring your immigration documents to a Service Center that issues first-time IDs. Two locations are The Minneapolis Government Center (300 South 6th St Minneapolis MN, 55487) and Midtown Exchange Service Center (2929 Chicago Ave S Minneapolis MN, 55407).