A driver’s license is a required and official document that permits a specific individual to operate one or more specific types of motorized vehicles on public roadways including motorcycles, cars, trucks, and buses. Additionally, driver’s licenses can be used as an official form of identification.
How to Get a Driver’s License (Adults 18+)
Whether you are a new resident to your state, a first-time driver or a non-citizen, obtaining a driver’s license is a simple process in most US states. While you may have heard of a learner’s permit, because you are over the age of 18 most states will not require you to complete this step of the licensing process. However, you will still need to pass a written and practical road test before you can receive your license.
In most cases, adult applicants will be required to complete a few basic steps before they become licensed, including:
- Visit/Make an appointment at your local DMV office
- Provide proof of your identity
- Pass the written test
- Pass the driving/road test
- Pay the required driver’s license fee
If you have previously carried a learner license, you may not be required to take the written test. But the practical driving test is still required.
Before Your Driver License (Adult) Appointment
Before you head to the DMV for your written and/or driving test, you will need to bring a few important items along with you including:
- A completed driver’s license application form
- Proof of identity (birth certificate, identification card, passport, social security card, etc.)
- Funds to pay for any fees
- Proof of residency (mortgage bill, utility bills, rental or lease agreement that is signed by a landlord, etc.)
- Proof of vehicle registration and current auto insurance coverage
- If you have recently moved to a new state, keep in mind that each state has its own specific requirements for new residents. These can include the time frame in which you must obtain a new state driver’s license, written and road testing requirements and so on.
- If you want to make sure that you pass your written test on the first try, be aware that online practice testing is available. Additionally, all of the information you need to pass your road test should be available online or at your local DMV.
- Depending on your state, making an appointment for testing may not be required but it is highly recommended.