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How to Apply for a New Driver's License in Arizona
NEW DRIVERS AND FIRST TIME APPLICANTS
Following are the basic requirements for applying for an Arizona driver's license:
- Applicants must be 16 years or older.
- Applicants must complete and submit a Driver License Application.
- Any individual under 18 should provide parental consent and must complete the graduated driver licensing process. For additional details, see Beginner Drivers and/or Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers.
- Everyone must pass the vision, and/or written and driving tests. See Practice Tests and Driver's Handbook for more information on the written examination. Driver education programs can help individuals prepare for their road test.
- Applicants must provide acceptable proof of identification.
- Applicants must provide proof of Arizona residency and presence.
Arizona residents holding a driver's license from another state only need to pass a simple vision exam. However, like other applicants, new residents must provide proof of identification, residency and presence.
Non-US citizens residing in Arizona may apply for an Arizona driver's license, as long as they can provide proof that they are legally authorized to be in the United States, and meet all the other requirements. Note that an Arizona driver's license issued to a foreign national will expire no later than the last date on which they are authorized to be in the United States by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. However, a foreign national can still drive in Arizona as long as they carry a valid driver license from another country. An International Driving License is recommended, but not mandatory. If an International Driving License is the sole driving license, it must not be issued in the United States.
The fees are based on age, as given below:
- 16-39 years - $25.00
- 40-44 years - $20.00
- 45-49 years - $15.00
- 50 years and above - $10.00
Arizona issues extended driver's licenses valid until 65 years of age. However, a replacement license with a new photograph must be obtained every 12 years.
With certain restrictions, an individual can legally drive in Arizona with an instruction permit. See more information on instruction permits here.
- For information on other types of licenses, see Commercial Driver's Licenses, Motorcycle Licenses.
- It is necessary to have active Auto Insurance in order to drive legally in Arizona.
- New drivers see our Driver Education , Driving Schools, Beginner Drivers and Instruction Permits for Beginner Drivers sections.