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Drivers License

Drivers License at the DMV

Drivers License

If you are 18 or older and want to get a new driver's license in the US, the process is a little different than if you are a teen. Here's a rough idea of what to expect when you're an adult and want to get a driver's license:

  • Enter in your Your State's page for your local requirements: Since every state has its own rules and processes, you should start by looking at your state's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website or calling them to find out what you need to do to get a driver's license.
  • Complete a Driver's Ed Course (if required): Some states require adults who have never driven before to take a lesson on how to drive. This course will show you how to drive safely and how to follow the rules of the road. Driver's education can be learned in a classroom, online, or by practicing behind the wheel.
  • Obtain a Learner's Permit: Visit your local DMV office with the right proof of identity and be ready to take a written test to get a learner's permit. Most of the time, the test includes traffic laws, road signs, and how to drive safely. After taking the test and paying the fee, you'll get your learner's permit, which lets you practice driving with an adult who has a license.
  • Gain Driving Experience: Use your learner's pass to get behind the wheel and get used to driving. The more you drive, the better you'll be ready for your road test. Some states may have a minimum number of hours you need to drive while being watched before you can take the road test.
  • Schedule and Pass the Road Test: Once you're sure you can drive well and have met any other state-specific requirements, call your local DMV office to make an appointment for a road test. During the road test, a DMV examiner will check your driving skills, including your ability to follow traffic laws, control the vehicle, and make safe driving choices.
  • Obtain Your Driver's License: If you pass the driving test, you will be able to get your driver's license. Depending on how your state works, you may have to pay a fee, and your license may be returned to you or given to you right away.

Remember that the exact steps and standards might be different in your state. On the page for your state, you'll find information about its driving rules and the paperwork, forms, and fees you'll need to get your full driver's license.

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