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To drive in Missouri, you need to have a driver’s license. You can get a license for the first time at the age of 15 through the graduated driver’s licensing program, or you may wait until 18 to bypass those requirements. Here’s more information on what you should know about getting your license.
Find a licensing centerThe Missouri Department of Revenue is in charge of handling licensing in the state. You can find Missouri State Highway Patrol Testing Stations for your road testing here, and you can find all driver license offices here.
Getting a license for the first timeGetting your license for the first time? Here’s what you need to know.
Age 15At the age of 15, you may get your instruction permit in Missouri. To get this permit, you need to pass a vision test, road sign examination, and written knowledge test. Once you pass this test, you can go to the local Missouri license office and get your first license. Minors do need to go to the licensing center with a parent or guardian. While under 16, drivers must be with an adult, licensed driver who is at least 25 years of age or older with three years of driving experience. They must also complete a Parent or Guardian Permission Statement to allow you to drive.
Age 16At 16, you can go on to receive your intermediate license. This license allows you to drive with a licensed adult over the age of 21 if you drive between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Otherwise, you may drive freely but with no more than one passenger 19 or under for the first six months. After the first six months, you can have up to three passengers under the age of 19 in the vehicle. Family members are excluded.
Age 18+Once you reach the age of 18, you can get your full license.
Renewing your licenseYour license will expire on your birthday:
- Every three years if you’re between 18 and 20 years old
- Every six years between the ages of 21 and 69
- Every three years once you reach the age of 70 and older
Do you need a REAL ID?By May 3, 2023, all Missouri residents will need to present a REAL ID to go to a federal facility or nuclear power plant. They may also be used for domestic flights. If you would like to update your license, you can get a REAL ID at the Missouri licensing office. You may not need a REAL ID if you have other valid forms of identification, such as your U.S. passport or passport card.
Replace a lost or stolen license
If your license is lost or stolen, you can apply for and pay for a new replacement driver’s license at your local Missouri license office. You can get a duplicate license if your license is not expected to expire within the next 184 days.
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