Anyone who wishes to legally operate a motor vehicle must obtain a driver’s license.  To apply for a driver’s license, the DMV requires you to follow a set of procedures and provide certain documents verifying your eligibility. While specific rules and requirements vary by state, here are some basic guidelines for how to get a driver’s license.

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1.  Get a driving permit (Note that this step may be waived for applicants over the age of 18)

  • Enroll in Driver’s Ed
    • Sign up for a driver’s education course to learn about the rules of the road.
    • Courses are available through your high school, local community colleges, or other authorized businesses.
    • General minimum age requirement is 15.
    • After completion of the course, you can apply for a driving permit
  •   Apply for a permit
    • Make an appointment at your local DMV office.
    • Provide proof of identity and citizenship.
    • Pass a vision exam and pay a small application fee.
    • Submit a completed DMV or Identification Card application (DL 44) form with a signature of a parent or guardian.
    • Provide proof of enrollment in or completion of a driver training program.
  • Pass a DMV written test
    • You must then pass a written test of traffic laws, signs, and safety rules.
    • Brush up on the rules of the road with your state’s DMV driver’s handbook, available online or at your nearest DMV office.
    • Didn’t pass the written test the first time?  Not a problem. You can always retake it until you pass.
  •  Enroll in a driver training program     
    • You must complete a certain number of hours of behind-the-wheel training (usually round 50) with a certified driving instructor.

Step 2: Get your driver’s license 

  • Apply for a license at the DMV
    • Provide proof of identity and citizenship.
    • Pass a vision exam and pay a small application fee.
    • Submit a completed DMV or Identification Card application.
  • Pass the DMV driving test

 Step 3: Congrats, driver!

  • Once you have completed all application requirements and passed the driving test, you are now a licensed driver.
  • Remember: most states impose temporary restrictions on new drivers as a safety measure, so be sure to consult your local DMV to learn about your state’s specific restrictions.
  • Driver’s licenses expire after a certain number of years, so make sure you know when to renew it.
  • Didn’t pass the driving test? You can still get your license! Most states allow you to retake the test a certain number of times, so be sure to study the driver’s handbook to master all the driving rules.

Learn more about how to get a driver’s license from your state by following the links below.

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
D.C.
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas


Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland 
Massachusetts

Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico 
New York
North Carolina


North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina 
South Dakota

Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

 

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