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HF 867

as introduced - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 03/03/2011 11:49am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to drivers' licenses; modifying and clarifying provisions relating
to instruction permits; amending Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 171.05,
subdivision 2.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 171.05, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Person less than 18 years of age.

(a) Notwithstanding any provision
in subdivision 1 to the contrary, the department may issue an instruction permit to an
applicant who is 15, 16, or 17 years of age and who:

(1) has completed a course of driver education in another state, has a previously
issued valid license from another state, or is enrolled in either:

(i) a public, private, or commercial driver education program that is approved by
the commissioner of public safety and that includes classroom and behind-the-wheel
training; or

(ii) an approved behind-the-wheel driver education program when the student is
receiving full-time instruction in a home school within the meaning of sections 120A.22
and 120A.24, the student is working toward a homeschool diploma, the student's status
as a homeschool student has been certified by the superintendent of the school district in
which the student resides, and the student is taking home-classroom driver training with
classroom materials approved by the commissioner of public safety;

(2) has new text begineither (i) new text endcompleted the classroom phase of instruction in the driver education
programnew text begin or (ii) enrolled in a concurrent driver education program that utilizes simulation
or behind-the-wheel instruction as approved by the department and completes 15 hours of
classroom instruction and one behind-the-wheel lesson with an instructor before driving
with any other licensed adult age 21 years or older
new text end;

(3) has passed a test of the applicant's eyesight;

(4) has passed a department-administered test of the applicant's knowledge of traffic
laws;

(5) has completed the required application, which must be approved by (i) either
parent when both reside in the same household as the minor applicant or, if otherwise,
then (ii) the parent or spouse of the parent having custody or, in the event there is no court
order for custody, then (iii) the parent or spouse of the parent with whom the minor is
living or, if items (i) deleted text begintodeleted text endnew text begin throughnew text end (iii) do not apply, then (iv) the guardian having custody of
the minor, deleted text begin(v) the foster parent or the director of the transitional living program in which
the child resides
deleted text end or, in the event a person under the age of 18 has no living father, mother,
or guardian, new text beginthen (v) the foster parent or the director of the transitional living program
in which the child resides or, if items (i) through (v) do not apply
new text endor new text beginthe minor applicant
new text endis married or otherwise legally emancipated, then (vi) the applicant's adult spouse, adult
close family member, or adult employer; provided, that the approval required by this
clause contains a verification of the age of the applicant and the identity of the parent,
guardian, new text beginfoster parent, program director, new text endadult spouse, adult close family member, or
adult employer; and

(6) has paid the fee required in section 171.06, subdivision 2.

(b) The instruction permit is valid for two years from the date of application and
may be renewed upon payment of a fee equal to the fee for issuance of an instruction
permit under section 171.06, subdivision 2.