How to get your permit the first time around.
While you may be just as excited to get your driver's license as you would be about getting your first new car, it is fraught with uncertainty and, to add insult to injury, in the USA, it doesn't work the same way in every state. Still, it is possible to boil it all down to the basics to make it easier to understand driver's license requirements. Driving is an action that requires great responsibility, and so the process of obtaining the permit is designed to make you a safe driver.
So, what do you need to get your license in the US? The steps to getting a driver's license are different in all states, but there are four overarching steps that align across all states:
The exact process and requirements to getting a license differs drastically from state to state, and the best way to find out about them is to check the website for your local DMV. How to get your permit will be specific to your state:
There is no one simple process that explains exactly what is required for getting a driver's permit in every state; however, there are many online resources that can help, whether it is your first time or just a renewal. The main four steps are generally applicable everywhere, but the way to get there differs according to where you live. This guide outlines the basic steps. Complete them the best you can because there are no shortcuts to becoming a safe road user. You will never forget your first trip as a fully licensed driver, even if it was in a hand-me-down used car. It's a major milestone!
All states have something similar to a DMV. It might be called MVD (Motor Vehicle Division), MVA (Motor Vehicle Agency), DPS (Department of Public Safety), SOS (Secretary of State), or DOR (Department of Revenue) in your state, so you'll have to check.
A GDL program might not exist in your state, but you will still have to obtain a learner's permit, pass your driver's education, and get your probationary license. Only after all of this can you be upgraded to an unrestricted driver's license upon successful completion of all steps. Most states have adopted a GDL program because of the high number of teens dying in car accidents.
Enquire from your DMV where you can access these resources online. Every state's driving laws differ, including what documents you will need for every part of the process of getting your license, as well as applicable fees and certification forms.
In general, you will have to bring some form of identification, and proof of an eye test if they are not provided on-site. You will also need proof of completion of the written exam. There may be extra requirements depending on your state so enquire at your local DMV, because every state is different.