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Driver Assessment and Training Services

  • Staff person with a driver

    For many of us, being able to drive means independence, mobility and a sense of control in our lives. Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute’s unique Driver Assessment and Training service consists of both assessment and training.

    Since 1978, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute has been a leader in driver assessment and training for seniors and people with disabilities. We provide assessment and training for experienced drivers and those seeking to understand their potential to learn to drive. 

    To make an appointment call 612-262-7855.

    See our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

    Assessment Services

    The two-part comprehensive driver assessment consists of clinical and in-vehicle assessments.

    Clinical assessment

    • Vision testing
    • Reaction time screening
    • Memory and problem solving
    • Upper and lower body strength and coordination
    • Cognitive processing skills

    In-vehicle services

    • Assessment in a sedan or accessible minivan
    • Prescription for adaptive driving equipment

    All information is kept confidential, but we encourage involvement with your physician and family. With your permission, your physician is given a copy of your completed assessment results.

    Designed for seniors and people with:

    • Alzheimer’s disease or dementia
    • Amputation
    • Autism spectrum disorders
    • Congenital disabilities
    • Degenerative neurological conditions
    • Diabetes
    • Learning and developmental disabilities
    • Spinal cord injury
    • Stroke
    • Traumatic brain injury
    • Visual impairment
    • Mental health disorder
    • Other diagnoses or health conditions

    Potential outcomes of an assessment

    Recommendations generally fall into one of the following categories:

    • Continue driving
    • Continue driving with restrictions, such as no night driving, no rush hour driving, or driving only within a determined distance from your home.
    • Continue driving with vehicle modifications. Lessons are recommended to further develop skill and safety in using any new equipment and to prepare the client for the State road test.
    • Driving lessons
    • Referral to therapy to determine if skills required for driving can be improved. Therapy may include physical, occupational, vision, behavioral or other. An extended assessment may be recommended to establish consistency in driving safety
    • Discontinue driving. A list of alternative transportation options will be provided.

    Funding and more information

    Driver Assessment and Training services typically are self-pay. In some cases, funding may be available through the State's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, workers' compensation, school systems and Medicaid waivers.* Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute offers a cost share program for those who qualify based on income and assets; contact the scheduling team for more information. 

    *Waiver case managers, please submit a service agreement and the Waiver Services Request form.

  • Locations

    • Buffalo
    • Burnsville
    • Coon Rapids
    • Forest Lake
    • Golden Valley
    • Isanti
    • New Ulm
    • Owatonna
    • Stillwater

    To make an appointment, call 612-262-7855. For more information, call 612-775-2829 or send us an email

    In the News

    A family’s perspective on driver assessment

    More information

    Driver Assessment brochure

    Frequently Asked Questions about Driver Assessment

    Staff person and student driver in adaptive van

    A Roadmap for Driving Later in Life

    Check out this special report produced by AAA - The Auto Club Group, the Mobility for Minnesota’s Aging Population (MMAP) and the Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS/OTS).

    Our professional team

    Members of the assessment team include occupational therapists, Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (CDRS), and driving instructors licensed by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

    Client story

    Marybeth's story - on page 3 of State of MN Annual Report