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Guide on How to Get a Drivers License in Your State

The process of applying for a driver’s license varies slightly from state to state, although the basic requirements are generally the same across all states.

Suppose you are applying for a driver’s license for the first time. In that case, you must complete a road, written, and vision test and submit documentation to verify your identity and residency. You’ll also need to pay the associated driver’s license fees.

To prepare for your written test, visit our partner and take a DMV Practice Test.

Continue reading below and select your state below for specific information about applying for a driver’s license in your state.

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Applying for a Driver License

Depending on your age and driving experience, your state DMV office will require you to complete the following to apply for a driver’s license in your state:

  • Fill out a driver’s license application.
  • Pass a written exam and road test.
  • Show adequate proof of identification.
  • Take a license photo.
  • Pay your driver’s license fees.

Select your state in the map above to visit your state’s Applying for a Driver’s License section and find out exactly what you’ll need to bring to your driver license appointment at your nearest DMV office location.

There you’ll find details about driver license fees, DMV Practice Tests, acceptable forms of identification, required driver license forms, and what you need to apply for a driver’s license as a new resident.

First-Time Drivers License

Every state motor vehicle department has slightly different requirements for learner’s permits and first-time driver licenses. To learn about the specific requirements for a driver’s permit, Drivers Education, permit fees, and a first-time driver’s license, you can start by visiting our Drivers Education page.

You may also read up on Drivers Education, DMV Forms, and locate your nearest DMV office.

Renew Your Driver License

The process of renewing a driver’s license will depend on where you live. Generally, your state’s DMV will send a driver license renewal notice with specific instructions. In most cases, you can renew your driver license in person, by mail and periodically, online.

To find out how to process a driver’s license renewal in your state, please find your nearest DMV location and get in touch with them. They’ll be able to instruct you on all the ways you can renew your driver license..

You may prepare yourself by taking a free written practice test online, in case the DMV is requiring you to retake the written exam. You can also locate your nearest DMV office location.

Replace Your Driver’s License

To find out how to replace a lost, stolen or damaged driver’s license in your state, you’ll need to get in touch with your nearest DMV office. In most cases, you’ll need to complete a drive license replacement application form and submit it in person or by mail. Some states may allow you to replace your license online. Contact your local DMV to find out for sure.

You may also locate your nearest DMV office location and buy a driving record.

Changing Your Address

Generally, your state’s DMV office will require you to make address changes by mail or in person at your nearest DMV office location. In some cases, you can change your address online.

Please visit our Address Change page and select your state to learn how to change the address on a drivers license or registration card.


Out-of-State License Transfers

New residents who are already licensed drivers in another state must apply in person to verify identity and residency documents, and pass a vision test. Some states may require you to take a written test.

To learn how to get a license in your new state, please visit our Applying for a Driver’s License page and choose your state.

Suspended Driver’s License

If your driver’s license was recently suspended, you may be subject to various fees, classes/training, and changes to your car insurance depending on your state’s DMV requirements.

Please get in contact with your nearest DMV office to find out about your exact Suspended License situation.. You may also check into your options for Traffic Schools and find a local DUI Attorney.

Getting a Drivers License

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), or its equivalent in your state, is responsible for administering road and written DMV tests, and processing learner’s permits and full driver’s license applications. Your state’s DMV is also in charge of processing drivers license renewals and updates, real ID applications and voter registration, as well as special provisions for military drivers.
Getting a Drivers License

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