How to Get a Driver’s Permit in 2021

Getting a driver’s permit is the first step in the licensing journey for teens and young adults. In most states, it is required if you want to get your driver’s license as a minor, with the purpose being to help you get accustomed to driving and learn the rules of the road under the supervision of a licensed driver.

The drivers permit is also commonly referred to as the learnerspermit or instructional permit.

Applying for a Learner’s Permit

You will need to go to your state’s DMV to complete the permit application. You will need to bring certain documentation, such as:

  • Proof of identity
  • Social security number
  • Proof of state residency
  • Proof of United States citizenship or legal presence

The documents will vary from state to state, but this is a general list of documents that are required. Remember, if you don’t bring proper documentation, you will not be permitted to apply for your driver’s permit.

What if You’re Over 18?

The rules vary from state to state, but a permit is generally only required for teens under 18, except in a few states. However, even if a permit is mandatory for new drivers of all ages, the licensing process often contains far fewer steps if you’re over 18.

Can You Drive Alone with a Permit?

No. All minors must complete supervised driving when holding a permit. The amount of required hours will vary depending on which state you live in, but it’s generally around 50 hours of practice. You will also be subject to certain restrictions, such as passenger restrictions and nighttime restrictions.

How Do You Get Your Learner’s Permit?

First, you will need to make sure that you’re old enough to get a permit, then you will need to go to the DMV to apply for your permit. You will also need to pass a knowledge test, vision exam, and satisfy other requirements (such as providing proper documentation). Make sure to check the specific requirements for your state.

State-Specific Guides

We’ve created state-specific guides explaining the permit application process for the following states, if you want to see the specific steps, select your state below.

We’ve also got state-specific practice tests for every state to help you properly prepare for your upcoming knowledge test.

How Can You Proceed to the Next License?

After you’ve held your drivers permit for the required amount of time without incurring any major violations, and logged your supervised driving hours, you can move on to the next part of the licensing process; the provisional license.

Unlike with a permit, this license will allow you to driveunsupervised under certain restrictions.