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

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You can apply for a new driver's license at any Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) Office in Arizona. Obtain an Arizona Driver's Handbook to familiarize with the driving rules and regulations.

NEW DRIVERS AND FIRST TIME APPLICANTS

Following are the basic requirements for applying for an Arizona driver's license:

  1. Applicants must be 16 years or older.
  2. Applicants must complete and submit a Driver License Application.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Applicants must provide acceptable proof of identification.
  6. Applicants must provide proof of Arizona residency and presence.

NEW RESIDENTS

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.

FEES

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

VALIDITY

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.

INSTRUCTION PERMITS

With certain restrictions, an individual can legally drive in Arizona with an instruction permit. See more information on instruction permits here.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Submitted by lalakis on 18th Dec 2015

Hi, I have a european

Hi,

I have a european driving licence and i currently stay in Tucson, where i work also. Can i legally drive with my European driving licence without applying for an Arizona driving licence? Do i have to pass practice exams or writing exams?

Submitted by ginomeriano on 15th Apr 2015

If I have come to AZ for 6

If I have come to AZ for 6 months of the year (split into 3 visits) and a UK resident - would I be able to apply for a license ?

I have been coming back to AZ for nearly 10 years now

Submitted by Katiescheiderer on 14th Jul 2014

Cannot get a hold of

Cannot get a hold of anyone!!!!! No one answered the phone at 22nd or Shannon, so how can we make an appt to get our teen driver tested??? She already has permit!

Submitted by tvsgirl24 on 12th May 2009

Hi. My name is Lisa and I

Hi. My name is Lisa and I have a friend who is now eligible to get a drivers license. But the problem is, we have no veheicle for him to take the driving test with. What I want to know is, do you also provide a vehicle for those who dont have one? There are jobs that do require a drivers license. If you can get back to me with an answer I would appreciate it. Thank you for your time. Sincerely, Lisa Graham