A resident must obtain an Idaho drivers license in order to operate a motor vehicle on state roads. For your first driving license, you need to fulfill the age, education and testing requirements set forth by the Idaho Transportation Department. New drivers license applicants must also be able to present documentation proving their identity, legal presence and residency.
Did you know? State drivers license applicants must first obtain an instruction permit by passing the written knowledge test. Take our practice permit test to ensure that your first attempt at the DMV license test is a success.
How to Apply for an Idaho Driver's License:
- Be at least 17 years of age.
- Present a valid instruction permit.
- Provide proof of driver training completion, if younger than 17 years of age.
- Present the Verification of School Compliance (VOC) form and have a liability signer, if younger than 18 years of age.
- Present the required identification documentation.
- Pass a vision screening.
- Pass the road test.
- Pay the drivers license and skills test fees.
Continue reading below to get the information you need to complete your Idaho drivers license application.
Types of Drivers Licenses in Idaho
Before applying for drivers license privileges, an applicant must first be aware of the types of driving licenses offered by the ID DMV:
- Class D drivers license - issued to drivers of non-commercial motor vehicles.
- Class D instruction permit - issued to applicants 15 years of age or older who have completed an approved driver's ed course, or applicants 17 years of age or older who have passed the written drivers test.
- Class A, B or C commercial drivers license - issued to operators of commercial motor vehicles.
- Motorcycle endorsement - issued to operators of motorcycles.
First-Time Driver (Under 18) in Idaho
Idaho drivers license applicants 14 years and six months to 17 years of age must gain their driving privileges gradually through the Graduated Driver Licensing Program (GDL). One of the main requirements to get a supervised instruction learners permit - which will eventually qualify the applicant for a license to drive - is the completion of a driver's education course. Minor driving license applicants must also meet additional requirements to prove their readiness to drive responsibly, including providing proof of school enrollment at the time of application for a license to drive.
For more information, visit our Learner's Permit page.
Idaho New Drivers (Over 18)
To qualify for an Idaho drivers license, you must be at least 17 years of age, and you must pass the written test for an instruction permit. After passing the test, the driving permit holder can then schedule a road skills exam in order to obtain a state driving license.
ID Driver's Study Guide and Driver's Practice Test
Taking the time to practice for your Idaho drivers license written test is the best way to ensure that you receive a passing score. Our driving permit practice test is a resourceful way to prepare for the actual test, as it contains material similar to what is found on the Idaho knowledge test.
How to Apply for Drivers Licenses in ID
To prove that you are eligible to apply for drivers license privileges in Idaho, you will need to present the following types of documentation with your driving license application:
- Proof of age and identity.
- Proof of Social Security Number.
- Proof of Idaho residency.
- Proof of lawful presence in the United States.
ID Drivers License Eligibility Requirements
Idaho driving licenses are available to residents 17 years of age and older. However, minors applying for driving licenses for the first time must complete a drivers education course to qualify for a license to drive.
ID Written/Driving Test
Receiving a passing score on the Idaho written drivers test is the final step to getting your DMV learners permit. Furthermore, to receive a full driving license, instruction permit holders will also need to pass a road skills exam.
Taking an online practice driving exam is an effective way to prepare for your knowledge test. Our learners permit practice test is comprised of questions similar to those found on the official Idaho TD written test.
ID Driving Test
Beginner drivers must take a driving license test to demonstrate their ability to successfully operate a vehicle. The Idaho driving test will measure an applicant's ability to perform operations such as:
- Driving in a parking lot.
- Driving on the highway.
- Performing right and left turns.
- Driving through a curve.
Prior to the on-the-road portion of the drivers license test is the pre-drive check. The driving examiner will ask the applicant to check a series of items within the vehicle, such as the brakes, seat belts, horn, etc. The purpose of this task is to test the driver's knowledge of the functions of the vehicle, and to also ensure that the vehicle is in good condition.
New Idaho Resident
New Idaho residents need to apply for driving licenses within 90 days of establishing residency in the state. To submit a drivers license application, new residents must present proper proof of identification, lawful presence and Idaho residency at an ID DMV office. In most cases, drivers with a valid out-of-state drivers license will not have to take the written or road skills tests in order to obtain an Idaho license to drive.
Along with getting an Idaho drivers license, Idaho residents must also register and title their vehicle with the ID Transportation Department. Additionally, vehicle owners living in Ada and Canyon counties must have their cars inspected for compliance with vehicle emissions standards. VIN inspections are conducted at various automotive businesses in the area, including:
- Auto repair garages.
- Tire shops.
- Car dealerships.
Replace Driver's License in Idaho
Drivers can replace drivers licenses that have been misplaced, stolen or destroyed by visiting their local county driver license office. To receive a DMV duplicate license, you must bring an accepted form of identification, along with the duplicate fee. For information on what to do if you recover your lost drivers license after applying for a duplicate license, click here.
Locate a DMV in Idaho
To find a driver license office near you, visit our Idaho DMV location page. The location page also lists branch office hours and contact information for Idaho County Assessor offices, which handle vehicle registration and title services.