Do the Requirements for Obtaining a Driver's License Vary From State to State?


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Most requirements for obtaining a driver’s license are similar from state to state except for the conditions imposed on teenage drivers. For young drivers, the age requirement and number of learning hours needed to qualify for a driver's license is different among states. The minimum application age for a driver’s license is 16 years old in most states.

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Normal license applications typically require proof of identity, Social Security number, legal presence and current state residency. Acceptable proof of identity are valid passports, state-issued ID, birth certificates and permanent residency cards.

Applicants must bring all original documents as photocopies, altered documents or notarized copies are not accepted. Passports or state ID must be valid in order to be accepted. All documents are subjected to verification by the DMV.

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