Delaware (DE) Learner's Permit

Getting a Delaware Learners Permit: Rules and Requirements

by Zutobi · Updated Jan 05, 2022

If you’re looking to get your Delaware learner’s permit, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll go through all the details and requirements you need to know.

Delaware Driver’s Permit Requirements

All new drivers under 18 must receive a permit as the first step of the Delaware Graduated License Program. You are able to apply for a permit when you turn 16 years old – it will allow you to drive under the supervision of a licensed adult for the first 6 months, and later unsupervised with restrictions.

Before applying, you will also need to complete a drivers education program. The program consists of 30 hours of in-class tuition, 7 hours of in-car observation, and 7 hours of driving practice. If you attend public or private school, you can take the course on campus for free. Adults can find a list of providers here.

How to Get a Learner’s Permit in Delaware

  1. Go to the DMV. We recommend that you schedule an appointment here to save time at the DMV.
  2. Present certificate of drivers education completion. Upon successful completion of your drivers education program, you will receive a certificate. Make sure to bring this certificate with you to the DMV. You will need to present it at the time of your application.
  3. Complete permit application form. There are copies available to fill out at the DMV. A parent must sign the form and be there with you if you are under the age of 18.
  4. Present proper documentation. You will need to bring valid documents to prove your identity, citizenship, social security number, and 2 documents proving your Delaware residency.
  5. Pass the vision exam. You must exhibit 20/40 eyesight or better.
  6. Pass the written exam. As part of the learner’s permit process, you will have to complete and pass a written exam. The test has 30 questions and you must answer 24 correctly to pass.
  7. Pay permit fee. The DE DMV accepts cash, check, and credit card.

The written test is the most difficult part of getting your Delaware driver’s permit. We strongly recommend that you try studying with Zutobi – we have a summarized DE handbook and up-to-date practice tests that will help you ace your exam.

Permit Restrictions

In Delaware, a permit comes with the following restrictions:

  • For the first six months, the permit holder may only drive supervised with a licensed adult who is 25 years or older.
  • After six months, you may drive unsupervised but may only carry one passenger.
  • May not use a cell phone while driving.
  • May not drive unsupervised between 10pm and 6am unless going to work, church, or school-related functions.

How to Progress to a Driver’s License

  • If you are younger than 18 years old, you need to complete the road test and log at least 50 hours of driving practice, including 10 hours of nighttime driving. Your learner’s permit will then be automatically upgraded to an unrestricted driver’s license after you have held the permit for 12 months.
  • If you are older than 18 years old, you are exempt from the supervised driving requirement. This means you only need to complete the road test and hold the permit for 6 months to get your unrestricted driver’s license.

That’s It!

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