How to Apply for a Learners Permit in Nebraska
If you are a minor, you need a learners permit in Nebraska before you are allowed to get full driving privileges. The Nebraska drivers permit comes in four different forms: the School Learner’s Permit, the School Permit, the Learner’s Permit and the Provisional Operator’s Permit.
The School Learner’s Permit and School Permit are only available to residents living or going to school outside of populated areas, whereas the Learner’s Permit and Provisional Permit are available to all residents. Each permit has its own privileges and eligibility requirements, meaning you should learn about all of them before determining which one best suits your needs.
In this article, you will learn all that you want to know about getting a Nebraska DMV learners permit: the documentation you need to provide, the tests you need to take and the fee you will be required to pay. By the end of the article, you should understand which permit you want and how you can get it.
Did you know? Over 54 percent of new drivers fail the Nebraska written driver’s exam on the first try. Thoroughly prepare yourself for the DMV written exam by taking one of our DMV practice tests.
Nebraska Learners Permit Eligibility Guidelines
Nebraska Drivers Permit requirements state that you must be at least 14 years of age before you are able to drive on state roads. This applies only to young applicants who live or go to school in an unpopulated area and are thus eligible for a School Learner’s Permit.
School Learner’s Permit applicants need to successfully pass both the vision and knowledge exams. This motorist needs to hold the drivers learners permit for two months before they are allowed to get a regular School Permit.
Applicants who do not or cannot get a School Learner’s Permit are first allowed to drive when they are 15 years of age. These young applicants are eligible for a regular learners permit. They will need to pass both the vision and knowledge exams.
Applicants 16 years of age, who have driven for a minimum of 50 hours while holding any of the above permits for at least six months are allowed to get a Provisional Operator’s Permit.
To get the School Permit or Provisional Operator’s Permit, drivers must either:
- Pass a driver education course that is approved by the state.
- Pass both the knowledge and road exams.
No matter which learning license you are applying for, you will need to be a resident of Nebraska who is legally allowed to be in the United States.
How to Apply for a Learners Permit in Nebraska
Getting a learners permit in Nebraska requires you to go to the NE DMV office and fill out the New, Renewal and Replacements Permit, Class O (Car), Class M, (Motorcycle) and State ID Card Data Form. This form will ask for basic personal information, such as your name, birth date, eye color and Social Security Number.
When determining where to get your learners permit, you may choose to contact the office ahead of time to determine whether or not tests are administered at that location and if you can make an appointment with them. At Driver Exam Stations, you may take these tests and submit your application during the same visit. You will not be allowed to complete this process online, as you are required to present all the necessary documentation in person at your local DMV.
Along with passing the tests and submitting the applications, you will need to bring at least three documents with you, in order to prove your identity. Here is what you need to bring when you apply for a learners permit:
- One document showing you are allowed to be in the US, such as a passport, birth certificate, Permanent Residency Card or Temporary Residency Card.
- Two documents showing your name and address, such as a rental agreement, mortgage, utility bill, insurance policy, magazine or pay stub. The document you provided cannot be expired; if it does not have an expiration date, it needs to have been issued no more than 90 days ago.
In most situations, you do not need to present your Social Security card when getting your permit. However, the Social Security Number (SSN) you state on your application will be verified with the Social Security Administration (SSA). If you have a document showing that you do not need a SSN, you should bring this with you to the DMV.
The above explains how to apply for a learners permit in Nebraska, but it also tells you what documents you need to get a REAL ID. The Nebraska DMV follows REAL ID protocol, meaning you will be able to use your permit for federal identification purposes, such as boarding a domestic flight.
The Nebraska Drivers Permit Test
The Nebraska DMV permit test is designed to ensure that you understand road signs and rules well enough to drive safely on state roads. This means there are no trick questions. Topics covered by the drivers permit test include:
- Traffic laws
- Safe driving habits
- What to do in the event of a crash
You cannot take an online drivers permit test in Nebraska, because the DMV needs to see that you have taken the knowledge test without help. When you study for the learners permit test, your main source should be the Driver’s Manual. All of the material on the test is covered in this manual.
If you are determining what to bring to a permit test in Nebraska, you will need to make sure have a form of identification. You may also choose to bring your Driver’s Manual. Though you cannot refer to this manual when taking the test, you will be able to study with it while waiting to take the test.
The Nebraska DMV practice permit test can be found in the back of the state’s Driver’s Manual. These test questions are not identical to what you will see on your actual exam, but they cover the same material. Getting a good score on the Nebraska DMV permit practice test does not ensure a good score on the knowledge exam.
However, it does indicate a good understanding of the Driver’s Manual, which suggests you are well-prepared for the knowledge exam.
Nebraska Driving Permit Rules and Restrictions
Nebraska driving permit rules vary based on which permit you hold. Motorists in possession of a School Learner’s Permit or a regular Learner’s Permit can only drive when supervised by an adult who has a driver’s license and is at least 21 years of age.
A School Permit functions like a Learner’s Permit in most situations, except that a student may drive to school without supervision. Motorists who hold a Provisional Operator’s Permit are able to drive by themselves during permit hours. Permit driving hours in Nebraska are between 6 a.m. and 12 a.m. An adult supervisor is required between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.
Below you will find two commonly-asked questions about learners permit rules:
- Can you drive with a permit in Nebraska if your adult supervisor had their license cancelled, suspended or revoked? No, your adult supervisor must currently possess a valid drivers license.
- How long does a learner’s permit last in Nebraska? The School Learners Permit expires three months after it is issued, while the regular Learners Permit expires after a year; the School Permit expires three months you turn 16 years of age, while the Provisional Operator’s Permit expires once you have turned 18.
Nebraska Learner Permit Fees
The learners permit fee will vary based on which permit you apply for.
These fees can be seen below:
- School Learner Permit, School Permit and Learners Permit: $10.50 each
- Provisional Operator Permit: $17.50
Nebraska Drivers Permit Forms
- School Permit (SCP) / Provisional Operators Permit (POP) - 50 Hour Certification
- School Permit (SCP) / Provisional Operators Permit (POP) Log
Note: DMV forms change regularly. The forms provided above are current based on the date of writing.
- Nebraska Driver's Manual from DMV.Nebraska.gov
- Learner's Permit from DMV.Nebraska.gov
- Provisional Operator's Permit (POP) from DMV.Nebraska.gov