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Absolutely. We cannot take you on the road without a valid permit. If you have lost your permit, you should apply for a duplicate permit at any license center. Bring your identification, a parent or guardian and $15.50. (State fees are subject to change without notice.) You do not need to retake the permit test. You cannot use the white application receipt that you got when you applied for your first permit. It is not valid once the hard copy has been issued.
New drivers need to learn to drive in all driving conditions. Therefore, we do not cancel behind-the-wheel lessons for normal winter driving conditions. Occasionally, different areas of the range experience different conditions. If you feel uncomfortable coming in for a lesson please call us as early as possible. If we decide to cancel lessons due to poor or changing conditions, we will call you as early as possible to reschedule the appointment. So, unless you hear from us, plan to drive on snowy or rainy days.
After you pass your permit test, you should call the behind-the wheel instructor you were directed to at the conclusion of your classroom session. It will be highlighted on your information sheet. If you can\’t remember who that is, call Mrs. Madden @ (218) 749-8926. We recommend your first behind-the wheel lesson be taken about 6 weeks after you get your permit. We encourage you to start driving right away – parking lots first, then advance slowly onto quite residential streets. Your first lesson will consist of car control maneuvers, reference points, lane changes, right and left turns, driving communication skills, and proper observation techniques.
Yes. The receipt has an expiration of 45 days. You should receive your card in the mail before the receipt expires. If you do not receive your permit card within 45 days, call the telephone number on the back of the receipt. The permit is a hard card and is valid for two years.
No. You take your permit (knowledge) test at an exam station. Exam stations and their staff operate under the Department of Public Safety. At the end of your classroom session we will give you an information sheet that tells you what to bring to the exam station, where they are located, and what hours they are open.
Distance learning and Covid-19 Statement
DPS has informed us that the variance for distance learning will continue.
We are planning our next classes in Feb./March 2021. We are uncertain at this time if we will be offering in person or Zoom Teleconference classes. If you are interested please leave your registration info and we will contact you as soon as we have dates, times and format.
Behind The Wheel:
COVID: We have put numerous precautions in place while doing our behind the wheel lessons. The student and instructor must wear masks. The students temp will be taken before the lesson. We have installed a barrier between the student and instructor. We disinfect the vehicle between students. We only run outside air while teaching. We eliminated any physical contact exchanging paperwork or payments.
**We are giving priority to students who have a road test scheduled.** If you do not have a test scheduled yet we will call you in the same order (passed permit notification list) we used previously.
**New** The Virginia exam station is now open for Road Tests. You must make your appointment online and wait outside the door when you arrive.
All road tests are scheduled ONLINE. You cannot call to schedule a test. Go online to:
dvs.dps.mn.gov to schedule a test.
Thank You for your patience.
Mike and Mary Madden