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How to Apply for a New Driver's License in New Hampshire

You can apply for a new driver's license at any driver licensing substation in New Hampshire. Obtain a New Hampshire Driver's Handbook to familiarize yourself with the driving rules and regulations.


Following are the basic requirements for applying for a New Hampshire driver's license:

  1. Applicants must be 16 years or older.
  2. Any individual under 18 should provide parental consent and possess a Driver's Education Certificate. For additional details, see Beginner Drivers and/or Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers.
  3. Everyone must pass the eye, 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.
  4. Applicants must provide acceptable proof of identification.
  5. Applicants must provide proof of New Hampshire residency.


New Hampshire residents holding a driver's license from another state will also need to pass the eye, written and driving tests. New residents must provide proof of identification and residency. There is a grace period of 60 days within which you have to obtain a New Hampshire driver's license. Non-US citizens residing in New Hampshire may apply for a New Hampshire driver's license at the Concord office, provided that they are in possession of a valid visa or an Employment Authorization Document.


The cost for a non-commercial New Hampshire operator's driving license is $50.


The validity of a New Hampshire driver's license is 4 years.


Although New Hampshire does not issue a learner's permit, at the age of 15 and ½ years you can practice driving with certain restrictions. Learners can find more information here.