Idaho Learner’s Permit: A First-Time Teen Driver Guide

The state of Idaho uses a graduated licensing program. This program is intended to help new and teen drivers understand the rules of the road through practice and testing. The program operates through the state’s Division of Motor Vehicles.

In this program — there are three stages:

  • Learner’s
  • Provisional
  • Unrestricted

The first step in getting your Idaho driver’s license is getting a supervised instruction permit or SIP. This guide shares the full process.

How to Get an Idaho Learner’s Permit

Teens can apply for their supervised instruction permit at 14 1/2 to 17 years old.

The SIP is a requirement before the teen takes a driver’s education program. Once these two are satisfied, the teen can then practice on-the-road before upgrading to an intermediate license.

You will do the following when applying for the permit:

  1. Visit a local Idaho DMV office
  2. Provide proof of Idaho residency
  3. Provide (2) proofs of Identification
    1. Examples: ID card, passport, social security card, and/or birth certificate
  4. Provide proof of high school enrollment
  5. Provide written consent form from the parent/guardian(s)
  6. Pay the permit fees:
    1. $15 learner’s permit fee
    2. $6.50 admin fee

Unlike other states, Idaho does not require a written test. You will, however, need to take one when upgrading to your intermediate/provisional license. So, it’s a good idea to review your driving manual or consider taking an online driving course to get a great understanding of your expected driving knowledge.

Idaho SIP Driving Restrictions

New learner’s permit holders must obey the following:

  1. During driver’s ed: Must be accompanied by a driver’s ed instructor
  2. After driver’s ed: Can drive with a licensed driver over 21 years old

You must also follow any road rules especially the use of a cellphone and wearing a seatbelt. Failure to follow road rules may delay your licensing.

Behind-the-Wheel Requirements

You are expected to get 50-hours of behind-the-wheel experience before upgrading. This includes 40-hours of day driving and 10-hours of night driving. A licensed adult must supervise you during these practice hours.

Next: Upgrading to a Provisional License

What’s next? Follow our Guide to Idaho’s Provisional License to upgrade your learner’s permit into one offering greater driving priveledges.