Ask a Trooper: What are rules for younger drivers in Minnesota?

Published 9:34 pm Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Ask a Trooper by Troy Christianson

Troy Christianson


Question: Can a young driver with a North Dakota driving permit legally drive in Minnesota? How about in other states?

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Answer: No, they cannot legally drive in Minnesota. In Minnesota, a nonresident who is at least 15 years old may drive here if they have in their immediate possession a valid driver’s license from their home state or country.

If you are traveling in other states, I would recommend checking with them on their laws prior to making your trip.

You can avoid a ticket — and a crash — if you simply buckle up, drive at safe speeds, pay attention and always drive sober.  Help us drive Minnesota toward zero deaths.

If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota send your questions to Sgt. Troy Christianson, Minnesota State Patrol, at 2900 48th Street NW, Rochester MN 55901-5848; or reach him at

Troy Christianson is a sergeant with the Minnesota State Patrol.