How Do You Obtain a Driver License?


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The rules and regulations of obtaining a driving license in the USA vary by the state. The license is issued by a particular state's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

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How Do You Obtain a Driver License?
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An individual that seeks to obtain a driver's license is required to get a driver's manual. He can visit the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in person or go to the website and download the manual. It describes the rules and regulations for operating a motor vehicle.

Some states require one to have a social security number before getting a driver's license. However, if a person is not eligible for social security, he should get a letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and then apply for an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN). After obtaining the prerequisite materials, the individual should take a written test, driving lessons and a road test before he can finally be given a driver's license.

The written test usually contains multiple choice questions, and it may be taken on paper or a computer. Once a person passes the test, he is given a learner's permit allowing him to drive a car with a licensed driver. The permit is a requirement prior to taking driving lessons. Driving lessons acquaint one with driving in the U.S., rules and regulations, parking and more.

Lastly, an individual takes a road test. If he passes, he is awarded a driver's license via the DMV. One obtains the driver's license at a fee, upon proving his identity with a photograph, as well as proof of his date of birth.

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