The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services Division issues commercial driver’s licenses. Individuals interested in a career in commercial driving (such as large trucks and buses) must first take a written CDL knowledge test. Upon passing the test, they receive a Minnesota CDL permit from the DVS. The drivers can then train on real commercial vehicles. Finally, applicants can receive a Minnesota CDL license from the Minnesota DVS by passing a separate CDL skills test.
Access the Minnesota CDL manual online or at your local DVS branch office. You can read the “Minnesota Commercial Driver’s Manual” online at Dps.state.mn.us/dvs/DLTraining/DLManual/ManualLangChoice.htm. Choose the “Commercial Driver’s Manual” link.
Use the CDL manual to prepare for the written Minnesota CDL test. If you intend on hauling hazardous materials (HAZMAT), then you need to submit to a background check. There is a link for more information on the “Commercial Driver’s Manual” page.
You should also use the link for the “CDL Pre-Trip Inspection Checklist.” You will need to know this information for your skills test. Keep reading for more information on that exam.
You can also supplement your study of the Minnesota CDL manual with online CDL resources. Google “CDL study guide” and “CDL practice questions” to find additional materials. Just make sure you study the manual for the general knowledge portions and endorsements you need. The type of endorsements you need depends on the kind of vehicle you will drive after getting your commercial driver’s license. Read the manual to determine your individual Minnesota CDL requirements.
Schedule a written test at your local Minnesota DVS. You will then receive a Minnesota CDL permit to train on actual vehicles. You will now need to train for pre-trip inspections, control skills and on-the-road driving.
Find a source for Minnesota CDL training. A typical source of training nowadays is truck driving school. You can find CDL schools through the Professional Truck Driver Institute at Ptdi.org/schools/schools.aspx. Although there are no Minnesota truck driving schools on the “certified” list, you can find a CDL program in neighboring states. You may also find schools in Minnesota. However, make sure you get a recommendation from an actual truck driver before taking a non-certified driving course.
Complete your driving training and schedule your skills test with the Minnesota DVS. You will receive a full Minnesota CDL license upon successful passage of the CDL skills exam.
Note: Before taking your CDL knowledge test in Minnesota, you need to pass a medical examination. Ask the local DVS about the process for completing your exam.
Minnesota CDL Manual and Related Study Guides
PTDI Certified CDL Training Programs