How Do You Get Your Driving Permit?


Quick Answer

To obtain a driving permit, applicants must apply for the permit and provide the documentation requested by the DMV. The applicant must meet the minimum age requirements of the state of residence to be eligible for a permit.

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To obtain a learner's permit, contact the local DMV for an appointment. Most states require applicants to be at least 14 to 16 years of age. The age requirements vary by state. Applicants must provide proof of identity, age and residency before the permit is issued. Some examples of accepted documentation to prove identity, age and residency include birth certificates, passports or Social Security cards.

An eye exam may be required before the permit is issued. Some states provide eye exams at the time of the application, but may accept a written report from an opthamologist if an eye exam has been provided recently.

A written exam may be given before the permit is issued. Books are available at most local DMV offices to help applicants prepare for the written exam. All applicants must pay a fee to obtain a learner's permit. The fees vary depending on the state of residence. Parental consent is necessary for all applicants under the age of 18. Typically, parents must be present at the time of the application and must sign a form before the permit is issued. In some states, students under the age of 18 must provide a recent school-issued report card before receiving a permit.

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