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In memory of Vanessa Weiss, who was killed just days before her 16th birthday in May 2003, “Vanessa’s Law” passed a year later. She was a passenger in a vehicle driven by an unlicensed 15-year-old.
Under “Vanessa’s Law,” if your provisional license is revoked because of an impaired driving crime or crash-related moving violation, you lose your license until you are at least 18. If you commit these crimes as an unlicensed driver, you can’t apply for a permit until you are 18.
Provisions of this law:
An unlicensed teen who receives a crash-related moving violation or an alcohol/controlled substance-related violation (a violation of one or more statutes, including DWI, Implied Consent, Open Bottle, or Underage Drinking and Driving/Not a Drop Law) will not be given a license, including an instruction permit or provisional license, until age 18.
After turning 18, s/he must meet the reinstatement requirement(s) listed on the withdrawal notice(s), pass the written knowledge test for a class D driver’s license, and then make application for a Minnesota instruction permit. Once valid, the person must hold this instruction permit for at least six (6) months before taking the road test (or at least three months if age 19 or older).
At that time, the person must complete these steps to obtain a full driver’s license:
Comply with all requirements for reinstatement listed on the withdrawal notice. In most cases, this will be:
If you have questions about Vanessa’s Law, call 651-296-2025.
Distance learning and Covid-19 Statement
DPS has informed us of a tentative expiration date for the teleconference class variance of Sept 4. After that date, without a further extension of the variance from DPS, we will no longer be able to provide distance learning classes.
We are planning on running our fall classrooms but at this time we are not sure if they will be teleconference or in person. We will be working with the DPS and local community Ed programs to determine how our classes will be run. As soon as we determine how and where we can run classes we will schedule for fall.
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. 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.
We have been told by the DPS that the Virginia exam station will not open until September. The closest open exam stations are Duluth and Grand Rapids. If you had a test scheduled in Virginia, the DPS is supposed to call you to reschedule at one of the 2 exam stations listed above. You will be given priority to re schedule your test.
Do Not turn down a test date. If you get a test date, Contact us immediately and we will give you priority for behind the wheel and do our best to finish you by that test date.
All road tests are scheduled ONLINE. You cannot call to schedule a test. Go online to:
dvs.dps.mn.gov to schedule a test.
NOTE: The 2 exam stations, Grand Rapids and Duluth, will be open for testing the 3rd Saturday of the month during July, August, Sept, Oct.
Thank You for your patience.
Mike and Mary Madden