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

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To get drivers licenses in New Hampshire, residents must be safe and responsible drivers of motor vehicles. New drivers license applicants must meet certain requirements and also pass both the written and road skills tests. Driving applicants who are younger than a certain age must complete a Graduated Driver Licensing program in order to gain full drivers license. In addition, residents applying for drivers licenses from the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles must present the proper documentation.

Did you know? Driving applicants must pass a written knowledge test as part of the drivers license application process. Make sure that you pass the exam on your first try by utilizing our online practice driving tests.

How to Apply for a New Hampshire Driver's License:

  • Visit an NH DMV location.
  • Present the required documentation.
  • Pass a vision test.
  • Pass a knowledge test.
  • Pass a road test.
  • Have your photo taken.
  • Pay the New Hampshire drivers license fee.

Find out more details on how to get a drivers license in New Hampshire by reviewing the sections below.

Types of Drivers Licenses in New Hampshire

New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles has a classified license system created according to gross vehicle weight rating and body style. New drivers license applicants must know what type of vehicle they plan to operate, in order to apply for the proper class of drivers license. New Hampshire DMV offers the following types of drivers licenses:

  • Class A, B and C Commercial Drivers License (CDL) - Issued to drivers who operate a commercial motor vehicle.
  • Class D operator drivers license - Issued to drivers who operate a motor vehicle with a weight of 26,000 pounds or less (GVWR).
  • Motorcycle license - Issued to drivers who operate motorcycles, mopeds and three-wheeled motorcycles.

First-Time Driver (Under 18) in New Hampshire

Getting drivers license in New Hampshire is a mandatory action for residents who want to legally operate a motor vehicle on public roads and highways. New drivers license applicants, who are younger than 18 years of age, must complete a drivers education program as the first step in the process of getting drivers licenses. Driving applicants also need to fulfill other requirements set by the NH DMV in order to get drivers licenses.

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

New Hampshire New Drivers (Over 18)

New Hampshire residents can obtain a drivers license if they are at least 16 years of age and if they have previously completed a drivers education course.

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

New drivers license applicants will be required to pass series of exams, which include vision, knowledge and road skills test. Future drivers can benefit from a study guide to help them pass both the knowledge test and the road skills test on their first try. In addition to this study tool, we offer our NH practice driving tests, which are made exactly the same as the official drivers license knowledge test. They contain questions taken out of sections from the New Hampshire Driver's Manual.

How to Apply for Drivers Licenses in NH

New Hampshire residents are encouraged to apply for drivers licenses at the nearest NH DMV office. When visiting in person, you will be required to present the following documents:

  • Two proofs of your identification.
  • Proof of your New Hampshire residency.

NH Eligibility Requirements

Every applicant must fulfill certain requirements in order to get drivers license in New Hampshire. They must be at least 16 years of age and complete a drivers education program. Applicants must also present the required documentation to the NH DMV, along with payment for the applicable fee. In addition, you are required to pass series of exams, such as: vision test, knowledge test, and a road skills test.

NOTE: Drivers younger than the age of 18 will have to provide a written permission from a parent or legal guardian in order to apply for drivers licenses.

NH Written/Driving Test

The New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles requires all driving applicants to pass a computer-based knowledge test as one of the steps in getting drivers licenses. The knowledge test is comprised out of sections about traffic laws and road rules from the New Hampshire Driver's Manual. If you want to get prepared for the knowledge test, you can always utilize our online practice driving tests to become familiar with the contents of the actual DMV written test.

NH Driving Test

An NH road test will examine your driving skills while operating a motor vehicle in normal traffic conditions. The examiner will observe you while performing these select maneuvers:

  • Your ability to handle the vehicle in traffic.
  • Your good driving habits.
  • Your ability to understand traffic signs and road rules.
  • Your physical, mental and emotional ability to handle stress while driving.
  • You attitude towards the safety of all traffic participants.

New Hampshire New Resident

New residents who want to obtain a New Hampshire drivers license must establish state residency first and then visit the nearest NH DMV location within 60 days of their move. New drivers license applicants must provide documents proving identity and residency when visiting the NH DMV. Additionally, they will have to pass a series of exams and pay applicable fees. Minors need to transfer their out-of-state licenses to New Hampshire, as soon as they establish residency. However, they will have to fulfill all drivers license requirements for minors, as well as take a drivers education course, if they have not taken one in their previous state of residence.

New residents of New Hampshire must title and register their vehicles in order to drive legally on public roads within the state. Registered motor vehicles require both a safety inspection and a VIN inspection to be done within 10 days of the registration day.

Replace Drivers License in New Hampshire

Drivers who have with a stolen, destroyed or lost drivers license must visit the nearest NH DMV office and apply for a duplicate drivers license. Learn more about the process of getting a drivers license replacement by following this link.

Locate a DMV in New Hampshire

New Hampshire drivers can handle their driving matters at the nearest DMV office. Browse our NH DMV locations page and you will find a list with all the contact details of each DMV branch in the state.

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