The Alabama Department of Public Safety handles all issues related to learners permits and drivers licenses in Alabama. The department is also respnsible for the highway patrol. On their website you will find links to schedule your Alabama road test, as well as the complete manual for taking your driving test. The Alabama DMV consists of six divisions, including the bureau of investigation and protective services.
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New Alabama Driver’s License
Any Alabama resident that is at least 15 years of age who wishes to operate a motor vehicle in the state of Alabama that has never had a driver’s license before or had one from another state or Country that is two or more years expired. Without a currant Alabama driver’s license it is illegal for residents to operate a motor vehicle within the state.
Which License is for you?
Be sure that you choose the correct license when you start the application process. There are several different kinds designed for different types of vehicles such as general vehicles, commercial vehicles, and motorcycles. Some of the biggest factors in choosing which license to get is age and the type of vehicle you wish to drive.
What are the Requirements for Getting a License?
To receive a full privilege Alabama driver’s license a person must complete several tests including a written, road, and vision test. You can also receive a Alabama driver’s license if you have a driver’s license from another state that has not been expired 6 or more months
The licensing process includes all of the tests, driver’s education course completion, a fee, and proper documentation.
Questions I need to take to get a License?
You will be required to take a series of tests when applying for any type of driver’s license. The testing process is divided into three parts:
- The Written Test is a minimum of 30 multiple choice questions and will cover all traffic laws, rules and regulations found in the Digest of Alabama Motor Vehicle Laws
- The Vision exam is given to all drivers’ license applicants for any type of license
- You need to answer correctly 24 out of the 30 questions in order to pass.
Taking a Driver’s Education Course
New drivers in the state of Alabama must complete a state approved driver’s education course. These courses are offered by both public and private schools. It is also offered by private driving schools licensed by the DMV.
Preparing for the Written Test and what to Bring
Start by obtaining an Alabama driver’s handbook and study carefully. It is a good idea for most diving hopefuls to take some practice tests which are available online before taking on the real test. This will help the driving hopeful to better determine how ready they are for the real test. There are several things that you will need to bring with you to your test. Some of these things include:
- Proof of Social security number
- Proof of residency
- Proof of identity
If under the age of 18 you will also need to bring a parent or legal guardian and have them fill out a parental consent form. Be sure that the address you provide is a physical address and not a P.O. Box which will not be accepted.
Proof of Insurance
If you intend to drive your own vehicle you must provide proof of insurance for the vehicle that you intend to drive for your test. You must always carry proof of insurance in your vehicle at all times when driving.
Taking the Drivers Test
The driving test portion of the new driver’s experience is one of the most dreaded and feared. With enough practice the road test should go off without a hitch. At this point the new driver has already logged a good many hours behind the wheel and before that passed the written test. So now the biggest factor is staying calm, this is often easier said than done but is not impossible. Be sure that all of your documents are present and in order before entering the testing facility. Also be sure that you have the appropriate fee with you. By doing these things ahead of time it will help keep down any stress that might come from a misplaced document or something similar.
Taking the Written Test
Make sure that you have all necessary documents before entering the testing facility. Study hard before hand and remember to stay calm during the test. Be sure to have the fee and all of the necessary documentation easily accessible. To prepare it is best to obtain a manual to study, and then take a few practice tests online to gage how well you know the material. You can obtain more information on the written test at http://www.dmvcheatsheets.com
Renewing your Alabama Driver’s License
How do I renew my Alabama Driver’s License and what tests do I have to take?
To renew an Alabama driver’s license the driver must go to a DMV, fill out a driver’s license application, provide the expiring license or another form of proof of identity, take a photo, take a vision test, and pay the renewal fee of $23. An Alabama driver’s license can be renewed either in person or by mail.
Preparing to Renew Your Alabama Driver’s License
An Alabama driver’s license generally lasts for 4 years and expires on the driver’s birthday. The license can be renewed up to 60 days before expiration. The state of Alabama allows a 60 day grace period after expiration to get the license renewed.
Steps to Take to Renew Your License
Gather all of the necessary documentation such as:
- Proof of identity
- Social security card
If your name has changed since you received your last license a proof of the change will also be required to provide proof of name change such as:
- A marriage certificate
- Court house document
Go to a testing site, present documentation, pay the fee, pass a vision test, and take a photo.
Requirements to Get a Learner’s Permit
The applicant must be at least 15 years of age, have parental consent, and provide appropriate documents such as:
- Proof of Alabama residency
- Proof of address
- Filled out parental consent form
- School enrollment form or proof of graduation
The applicant must then pass a written knowledge test as well as a vision test. A road test will come later after holding the learners permit for an allotted time frame. After successfully completing the road test, an applicant will be eligible to receive a full privilege, non-restricted Alabama driver’s license.
Driving with a Alabama Learner’s Permit
The new driver must always be accompanied by another driver 21+ years of age with at least 1 year of driving experience in a similar vehicle. This person must always be seated beside you. Any person under the age of 18 must wait a minimum of 6 months to receive a provisional license. After receiving this license the new driver is not allowed to drive between the hours of 12:00pm and 6:00am unless going to or from work or accompanied by another driver 21+ years of age with a valid Alaska driver’s license for the same category of vehicle. For more information on the Alabama Learner’s Permit, please visit: http://www.dmvcheatsheets.com