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Ask a Trooper: Is North Dakota CDL permit valid in Minnesota?

Sgt. Neil Dickenson, Minnesota State Patrol

Question: I have a North Dakota commercial driver's license (CDL) Class A permit, but my employer is in the Minnesota area. Can I legally drive on my Class A CDL permit in Minnesota if I have a licensed CDL Class A driver with me in the Minnesota area to get my behind-the-wheel experience? Or do I have to be in North Dakota for my permit to be valid?

Answer: Your North Dakota CDL permit is valid in any state where you are driving, if all the rest of the requirements have been met (age, medically qualified, restrictions, etc.).

The State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Section is comprised of civilian commercial vehicle inspectors and state troopers. They work together to conduct commercial vehicle safety inspections and weighing at highway weigh stations and roadside locations throughout the state.

Under the Commercial Vehicle Section, the Office of Pupil Transportation Safety is responsible for performing periodic and random inspections of school buses operated in the state.

Commercial Vehicle Section personnel also facilitate training and outreach programs to inform drivers and carriers of rules and regulations, including certifying technicians and mechanics to perform annual inspections under the state's mandatory inspection program.

Send your questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota to trooper@duluthnews.com or Sgt. Neil Dickenson — Minnesota State Patrol at 1131 Mesaba Ave., Duluth, MN 55811.