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

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The Arizona drivers license application process is open to residents who meet the minimum qualifications. Applicants for a new drivers license in AZ must prove identity, Social Security Number and authorized presence in the United States. Other requirements include passing a written drivers exam and road test. Additionally, completing a drivers education course is required for applicants younger than 18 years of age.

Did you know? Arizona drivers license applicants younger than 18 years of age must complete an approved driver education program. Learners who register for drivers ed classes will learn proper driving techniques from a skilled professional instructor.

How to Apply for an Arizona Driver's License:

  • Be at least 16 years of age.
  • Provide necessary documents proving age, identity, residency and legal presence in the United States.
  • Complete drivers ed, if younger than 18 years of age.
  • Pass a written test and road test.
  • Pay the driving license fee.

Types of Drivers Licenses in Arizona

Arizona DMV drivers licenses are issued based upon the classification of vehicle the operator can utilize. The license types are either for non-commercial vehicles, motorcycles or commercial vehicles.

  • Operator drivers license (Class D) - issued to drivers of standard vehicles who are 18 years of age and older.
  • Graduated driver license (Class G) - issued to drivers of standard vehicles who are 16 to 17 years of age.
  • Motorcycle license (Class M) - issued to drivers of motorcycles or motor-driven cycles who are at least 16 years of age.
  • Commercial drivers license (Class A, B or C) - issued to drivers of vehicles with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more, vehicles with a passenger capacity of 16 or more, or vehicles that carry hazardous materials (must be at least 21 years of age to qualify for a CDL license).

First-Time Driver (Under 18) in Arizona

An Arizona permit for driving is designated for beginner drivers. The learning permit applicant must be at least 15 years and six months old and be able to pass a written drivers test and vision screening. Additionally, the drivers permit applicant must provide proof of parental consent, identity, Social Security Number, residency and legal presence in the United States.

For more information, visit our Learner's Permit page.

Arizona New Drivers (Over 18)

New drivers license applicants in Arizona must take a knowledge test and pass a road test if they have never before been licensed.

AZ Driver's Study Guide and Driver's Practice Test

Arizona DMV drivers license applicants who have not been previously licensed must pass a written drivers exam in order to obtain their driving privileges. Learners should take a driving permit practice test to not only pass the real test, but to get the best possible score. Our DMV driving practice test offers users the opportunity to preview the type of traffic law and road signal questions that will appear on the actual Arizona test.

How to Apply for Drivers Licenses in AZ

The Arizona drivers license application can be completed either at an AZ MVD office or at an authorized third-party dealer. When appearing in person, the drivers license applicant will need to provide the following types of documents:

  • Proof of identity.
  • Proof of Social Security Number.
  • Proof of authorized presence in the United States.
  • Proof of Arizona residency.

AZ Drivers License Eligibility Requirements

To get a license to drive in Arizona, applicants need to meet certain age, residency and testing requirements. Residents 16 to 17 years of age and older qualify for a provisional license in Arizona, while applicants who are at least 18 years of age can obtain full driving privileges. New drivers license testing requirements include a written exam, road test and vision screening. Additionally, all applicants must show documents proving their identity, Social Security Number, legal presence in the U.S. and Arizona residency.

AZ Written/Driving Test

Getting drivers licenses in Arizona requires that applicants pass both a written and road skills test. The written drivers test consists of 30 multiple-choice questions based upon the Arizona Driver License Manual. Take an online practice driving test to aid your studies. Our practice test is full of questions that are based on the actual AZ MVD test.

AZ Driving Test

The Arizona driving license test is conducted at an AZ MVD office and examines your ability to follow traffic laws while operating a motor vehicle. Arizona road test-takers will have to demonstrate commands such as:

  • Stopping.
  • Changing lanes.
  • Turning at street corners, stop signs and traffic signals.
  • Fastening their seat belt.

The vehicle you provide for the driving test must be equipped with standard safety equipment, including safety belts. Applicants will have to provide proof of auto insurance and vehicle registration in order to proceed with the test.

New Arizona Resident

New residents applying for drivers licenses in Arizona can do so either at an AZ Motor Vehicle Division office or at an authorized third-party driver license station. Upon establishing residency, the applicant needs to transfer their license to drive from their previous state of residency. DMV drivers license applicants may be required to take a vision test, though the written and road tests may not be required for motorists transferring credentials from other states.

In addition to getting drivers licenses, new residents must also conduct a title transfer and register their vehicle in Arizona within 15 days of establishing residency. An emission test, also referred to as a VIN inspection, must be completed prior to obtaining an AZ MVD car registration in the Phoenix and Tucson areas.

Replace Drivers License in Arizona

If your Arizona driving license is lost, stolen or destroyed, you can apply for a duplicate online or in person at an AZ MVD office or Authorized Third Party Driver License provider. For details on how to replace drivers licenses in Arizona, click here.

Locate a DMV in Arizona

Get location details on Arizona MVD offices via our Arizona DMV location page. Listings of Authorized Third Party Driver License providers are also included. Each facility's street address, telephone number and hours of operation are listed for your convenience.

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