About Pilot/ Escort Driver Certification

Minnesota requires drivers of pilot cars and escort vehicles to hold a current Minnesota Certification. Hennepin Technical College is one of only two colleges in the state to be recognized by the Minnesota State Patrol to provide the training to earn the certificate. Classes are offered as open enrollment classes throughout the state and as contract classes with individual companies or organizations.

The initial certification class is 8 hours and is valid for 4 years. Upon expiration, you are able to recertify for one additional 4 year period by completing a 4 hour refresher course. State law mandates the cost of new civilian pilot/escort driver certification classes to be $180 per participant and the refresher at $90 per participant. Advanced registration for the classes is required.

All students are required to bring a recent (within the last 30 days) certified copy of their current Minnesota driving record the first day of class. Students are also responsible for the fee associated with obtaining your driving record.

Please click this link for the form to order a CERTIFIED copy. Students are responsible for the fee associated with obtaining your driving record.



Register for the 8 hour Certification class if you are a Pilot Car driver who has either never been licensed or were licensed in another state other than Minnesota. Register for the 4 hour Recertification class if you are a Pilot Car driver whose current Minnesota license is due to expire within 90 days. Recertification's are only allowed within 90 days of expiration of current license.

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Please call the Continuing Education office at 952.995.1330 or email us at ctsregistration@hennepintech.edu.


Last updated by vroman : 2017-03-17 11:39:31