When Can You Get Your Driving Permit?


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In the United States, an applicant for a driving permit must be within a certain age range and must pass a test or complete a driving class to obtain the permit. The minimum age varies from state to state, but is usually between 14 and 18 years old.

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When Can You Get Your Driving Permit?
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Driver's or learner's permits universally apply to drivers who are under the age of 18 and who live in the United States. First-time drivers who are already adults when they seek to learn may or may not be required to obtain a driving permit. Some states waive this requirement, and others allow adult drivers to obtain a license on the same day that they obtain a permit.

Note that in all cases, applicants must have proper identity documentation before they can apply for a permit or license from their state DMV.

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