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How To: Getting Your Driver's License

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How to get your driver's license

Driver's licenses in the United States are issued by state authorities with similar systems of rules and regulations, but there are differences, mostly regarding age limits and restrictions, usually ranging from 14 to 16 years old for initial licenses, and 16-18 years old for full licenses. There is also a range of validity periods ranging from 4-10 years. To see state specific information, click on your state on the map above. The general process can be seen below.


There are a couple of documents that you have to bring to your local DMV in order to get the process of getting a license under way. These include: your Social Security number; any official documentation that proves your identity, such as a birth or marriage certificate; proof of citizenship such as a passport; and a signature of a parent or a legal guardian for persons under the age of 18.


In most cases, you will need to pass a vision test, take a written test. then take a driving test. There may also be driving education and training components during this process. Depending on the state, there is a process to when you take the various tests (such as the written test first, wait a few months where you can drive with restrictions, then take the driving test). For more info and state practice tests and study guides, click on your state on the map above.

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