ST. PAUL, Minn. – The frustrating and unfair experience of one of Sen. John Hoffman’s (DFL-Champlin) constituents served as inspiration for a bill that allows active duty members of the military to retake driver’s license tests without adhering to the mandatory practice period under Minnesota law. The bill, which was passed unanimously on the Senate floor Monday, streamlines the process for active duty military personnel to re-take either the skills or road test portion of the driver’s license test. Sen. Hoffman says it was the personal story of Douglas Washington — a young active duty member of the Navy who inspired him to chief author the bill.
“We need to make sure our active duty military are given the respect they deserve by being flexible in not only how we provide services to them but when. Members of the military frequently receive little warning before they must be report for duty in another state or country. This uncertainness can really hinder their ability to take and pass a skills or road driver’s license test if they didn’t pass the first time. My constituent Douglas’ had a really bad experience and ended up having to report for duty before he successfully passed his driver’s test. His experience is something that should never happen to any of our active military personnel,” said Sen. Hoffman.
Minnesota law currently states, when an individual fails a skills or road driver’s license test there is a mandatory waiting period before the individual may retake the test. This bill would exempt active duty military personnel from this waiting period. In order to retake the test, the individual must present documentation proving they are active duty military personnel.