What Is a Driver's Permit?


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A driver's permit is a permit required for first time drivers to be able to drive in most states. A driver's permit often requires applicants to pass a vision and knowledge exam and have a parent or guardian sign the application if the applicant is under 18 years of age.

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What Is a Driver's Permit?
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Applicants are normally required to provide documentation proving identity, residential address and citizenship in order to receive a driver's permit. A minor with a permit is often required to have a licensed driver over 18 or 21 years of age with them when operating a motor vehicle. Applicants must be at least 15 or 16 years old to apply for a permit in most states.

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