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                         Laws of Minnesota 1988 

                        CHAPTER 558-S.F.No. 1948 
           An act relating to drivers' licenses; allowing 
          stepparent married to custodial parent of minor to 
          approve minor's driver's license application; amending 
          Minnesota Statutes 1986, section 171.04. 
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
    Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1986, section 171.04, is 
amended to read: 
    171.04 [PERSONS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR DRIVER'S LICENSES.] 
    The department shall not issue a driver's license hereunder:
    (1) To any person who is under the age of 16 years; to any 
person under 18 years unless such person shall have successfully 
completed a course in driver education, including both classroom 
and behind-the-wheel instruction, approved by the state board of 
education for courses offered through the public schools, or, in 
the case of a course offered by a private, commercial driver 
education school or institute, by the department of public 
safety; except when such person has completed a course of driver 
education in another state or has a previously issued valid 
license from another state or country; nor to any person under 
18 years unless the application of license is approved by either 
parent when both reside in the same household as the minor 
applicant, otherwise the parent or spouse of the parent having 
custody or with whom the minor is living in the event there is 
no court order for custody, or guardian having the custody of 
such minor, or in the event a person under the age of 18 has no 
living father, mother or guardian, the license shall not be 
issued to such person unless the application therefor is 
approved by the person's employer.  Driver education courses 
offered in any public school shall be open for enrollment to 
persons between the ages of 15 and 18 years residing in the 
school district or attending school therein.  Any public school 
offering driver education courses may charge an enrollment fee 
for the driver education course which shall not exceed the 
actual cost thereof to the public school and the school 
district.  The approval required herein shall contain a 
verification of the age of the applicant; 
     (2) To any person whose license has been suspended during 
the period of suspension except that a suspended license may be 
reinstated during the period of suspension upon the licensee 
furnishing proof of financial responsibility in the same manner 
as provided in the Minnesota no-fault automobile insurance act; 
     (3) To any person whose license has been revoked except 
upon furnishing proof of financial responsibility in the same 
manner as provided in the Minnesota no-fault automobile 
insurance act and if otherwise qualified; 
     (4) To any person who is a drug-dependent person as defined 
in section 254A.02, subdivision 5; 
     (5) To any person who has been adjudged legally incompetent 
by reason of mental illness, mental deficiency, or inebriation, 
and has not been restored to capacity, unless the department is 
satisfied that such person is competent to operate a motor 
vehicle with safety to persons or property; 
     (6) To any person who is required by this chapter to take 
an examination, unless such person shall have successfully 
passed such examination; 
     (7) To any person who is required under the provisions of 
the Minnesota no-fault automobile insurance act of this state to 
deposit proof of financial responsibility and who has not 
deposited such proof; 
     (8) To any person when the commissioner has good cause to 
believe that the operation of a motor vehicle on the highways by 
such person would be inimical to public safety or welfare; 
     (9) To any person when, in the opinion of the commissioner, 
such person is afflicted with or suffering from such physical or 
mental disability or disease as will affect such person in a 
manner to prevent the person from exercising reasonable and 
ordinary control over a motor vehicle while operating the same 
upon the highways; nor to a person who is unable to read and 
understand official signs regulating, warning, and directing 
traffic. 
    Approved April 18, 1988