When you move to Minnesota from a different state, you not only have to update your existing home address, but you are also required to apply for a new Minnesota driver’s license within 60 days. If you are a commercial driver, then you must also apply for a Minnesota CDL (commercial driver’s license) within 30 days of moving. This article will provide you with the necessary information to convert an out-of-state CDL to a Minnesota CDL. Take note, this article was written in 2010, thus check with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services for up-to-date information.
Steps to Convert an Out-of-State CDL to a Minnesota CDL:
The first step to obtain a Minnesota CDL is to gather the necessary documentation. You will need to provide a photo ID card, such as a your current CDL card. You will also need to have access to your birth certificate as well as your medical examiners report, which should be signed by a physician.
You will then need to visit a local driver’s license office, and fill out the CDL application. Upon filling out this application, you will be required to complete a written general knowledge test. This test is required if you have a valid CDL; however, if your CDL has expired or is no longer valid then you will be required to take a driving skills examination. This examination consists of three parts, which include: Pre-Trip Inspection, Basic Control Examination as well as the On-the-Road Examination. All of this information is located in the Minnesota Commercial Driver License Manual, which can be found in the resources section at the end of this article. All drivers will undergo a vision examination to ensure you can see properly.
Once you have passed all necessary examinations, you will then need to provide the yellow and white copy of your test results, hand over your out-of-state CDL so it can be invalidated (it will be returned to you). You will also need to have your photograph taken. Lastly, you will be required to pay the license fee, which ranges according to the type of CDL you need as well as any endorsements.
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