State Identification

Minnesota ID Information

We recommend that you get a MN State ID or Driver's License as a form of picture identification in addition to your passport and your CSB/SJU Student ID. Any F-1 Student can apply for a MN Driver's License or MN State ID Card (but not both). In Minnesota, either State ID or Driver's License is the standard form of identification for legal check. Legal check can occur when doing financial transactions (banks, groceries, shops, etc.) or verifying age (purchasing restricted goods such as alcohol, tobacco, etc.)

How to Obtain a MN State ID:

You will need to go to a DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) and you will need to bring the following documents:

  • Valid Passport with Visa
  • I-20
  • I-94 Card (Arrival/Departure Card)
  • Application fee ($20.25) in either cash or personal check ONLY
  • Social Security Card

If you do not have a Social Security Card, bring a Certified Secondary or Post-Secondary school transcript containing your legal full name and date of birth (with raised seal from school and signature of school official) or current school ID.

Your name must match all supporting documents. Your name, status, and date of birth must be correct in SEVIS.


License Center

The closest office where you can obtain a MN State ID is:

3301 County Rd. 138
Waite Park, MN
(320) 656-6540

Minnesota Driver's License Information

There are many laws and regulations to driving and buying a car in the United States. You must be responsible to know these laws before you drive or have a car in the United States. If you have a license in your home country you are not eligible to drive in the United States. However, if you have an international license, you do not need to get a MN Driver's License. There are serious consequences to you and your immigration status if you are found to have broken the law.

How to Obtain a Minnesota Driver's License

  • As an international student, you must pass a knowledge test, a vision test, and a road test. This is true even if you have a valid driver's license from your home country. The knowledge test contains multiple choice and true or false questions that evaluate your knowledge and understanding of Minnesota traffic laws and road signs. To prepare for the knowledge test, you need to study the Minnesota Driver's Manual (Class D) which can be found online or can be picked up at the examination station.
  • You will not be eligible to receive your Minnesota driver's license until you have presented all other driver's licenses and Minnesota identification cards in your possession to the Department of Public Safety.
  • You must also present proper identification when you apply for an instruction permit, driver's license, or state identification card. Proper Identification verifies your first, middle, and last name, and your date of birth to take the knowledge and road tests. Proper Identification includes Minnesota instruction permit, identification card (MN State ID or CSB/SJU Student ID), passport, and Social Security Card. If you don't have a Social Security Card, bring a certified transcript from CSB/SJU.
  • After obtaining the driving permit, you will need to take the road test.
  • The Driver's Manual book can give you more information on obtaining a driver's license. Also, you can contact the License Center at (320)-656-6540.

License Center

Please see the following link for more information about the License Center, for example, location, office hours, etc.

The closest office where you can obtain a MN Drivers License is:

3301 County Rd. 138
Waite Park, MN
(320) 656-6540

Central Minnesota Driving Academy, 1949 Division St., St. Cloud, (320)-255-9667