GHSA maintains data on state laws surrounding a number of highway safety issues. Below is information regarding laws in the state of Minnesota. For more information, consult the State Highway Safety Office.

  • Alcohol Impaired Driving


    Increased Penalty for High BAC Administrative License Suspension on First Offense Limited Driving Privileges During Suspension Vehicle and License Plate Sanctions
    .16 90 days After 15 days Impoundment, vehicle confiscation, special plates/markings

    Ignition Interlocks

    Mandatory for high BAC and repeat convictions


    Open Container Laws Repeat Offender Laws Alcohol Exclusion Laws Limiting Treatment
    Yes Yes Yes


  • Autonomous Vehicles

    Authorized a study on AVs.

  • Child Passenger Safety

    Child Restraint Required

    7 yrs or under and under 57" tall

    Adult Safety Belt Permissible

    8 yrs or over or over 57" tall

    Maximum Fine for 1st Offense


  • Distracted Driving

    Hand-Held Ban?

    Yes. Primary law. (eff. 8/1/2019)

    All Cell Phone Ban?

    School Bus Drivers

    Yes. Primary law.

    Novice Drivers

    Drivers under 18 with learner or provisional licenses. Primary law.

    Text Messaging Ban?

    All drivers. Primary law.

  • Drug Impaired Driving

    DUID Zero Tolerance or Per se Laws for Some Drugs

    • Zero tolerance for some drugs

    Marijuana-Specific Laws

    • Possession and Use: Decriminalized and legal for medical use
    • Impaired Driving: None
  • Mature Drivers

    Length of Regular Renewal Cycle

    4 years

    Provisions for Mature Drivers


  • Motorcyclists

    Helmets required for all riders under 18 or with instructional permit. Universal helmet law repealed 1977.

  • Seat Belts

    Type of Law


    Who Is Covered?

    Riders 7 and younger and over 57 inches

    Riders 8 and over

    In What Seat?


    Maximum Fine for 1st Offense

    $25, plus approximate $75 court surcharge (surcharge varies slightly by county)

  • Sobriety Checkpoints

    Checkpoints are not conducted. They are illegal under state Constitution.

  • Speed and Red Light Cameras

    Speed Cameras

    No state law or programs

    Red Light Cameras

    No state law or programs

  • Speeding and Aggressive Driving

    Rural Interstates

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    70 70

    Urban Interstates

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    55, 60, or 65 55, 60, or 65

    Other Limited Access Roads

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    65 65
  • Teen and Novice Drivers

    Full Privilege Minimum Age

    Nighttime driving: 16 years, 6 months

    Driving with passengers: 17

    Learner Stage

    Minimum Age (Years/Months)

    Minimum Duration (Months)

    Required Supervised Driving Hours (Night Hours)

    15 6 50 (15) or 40 (15) if parent completes 90 minute class

    Intermediate Stage

    Minimum Age (Years/Months)

    Nighttime Driving Restriction

    Passenger Restriction (except family, unless noted)

    16 Midnight - 5 a.m.

    First 6 months: no more than 1 under 20

    Second 6 months: no more than 3 under 20

  • Work Zones

    Violations Affected


    Enhanced Penalties

    Double original fine (minimum $300)

    Workers Must Be Present?


    Signs Must Be Present?