Getting A Learner's Permit In Your Home State

by Joshua on December 09, 2013

When we become teenagers, our ultimate fantasy is to be allowed to drive — we fantasize it from childhood and look forward to the day when we get out first car and license. To achieve this dream there are a few steps you must first accomplish, the very first and perhaps most important of these steps is to attain a learner’s permit in the state in which you live. Each state has its own set of rules and requirements that you must first complete before you can apply for a learners permit. Before you begin the application process of getting a learner’s permit, it’s best that you familiarize yourself with the requirements and all the material you should be aware of so that you are fully prepared when it comes to application and testing day.

Requirements for Application

Each state will require you to complete certain tests, courses and provide certain types of documents to even be able to complete application for a learners permit. These documents and verifications must be provided at the time of application otherwise you will be forced to come back at a later date and start the application process again. To avoid this time consuming process over and over check with your local application & testing facility to see which documents you will actually require to complete your learners permit application. Although the exact requirements and documentation needed in each state does vary, there will be a document from each basic category of the following-

  • If you are under the age of 16-18 you must provide proof of completion of an approved drivers education and safety course.
  • Must be at least 15 years of age
  • You must provide proof of your identity and lawful presence; often times school identification cards are accepted.
  • Proof of residency which can include a school transcript or medical insurance card.
  • You must provide proof of enrollment otherwise known as a VOE (verification of enrollment) or a high school diploma or the accepted equivalency.
  • Provide proof social security number.
  • If it has not already been taken in association with your drivers education classes then you must complete the written exam portion of the driving test.
  • Pass a required vision test.

Testing For Your Learner’s Permit

After you have completed the required application and paid the application fees for your state learners permit or license then you must successfully pass the required tests to earn your actual permit. The tests will vary state by state and some tests may even be completed during your driver’s education course. The easiest way to prepare for all aspects of testing is to study as much as you can and as early as possible.
While in drivers education you may have to get a few driving and passenger hours under your belt before you are allowed to test your permit. The best way besides practice to prepare for your test is to read the learners permit manual. This manual can either be provided to you by your driver’s education school or by the local testing office. The manual will give you all the information you need to know to pass the written exam for your learners permit and will even touch on the items and requirements you need for testing. If you do not do well with reading the materials or if it is hard for you to retain information that way or if you simply want to know if your study time if paying off, consider exploring alternate study and practice test methods. Online you can find many resources that can help you study and practice in a real to life testing layout with randomized question. provides a multitude of practice test questions and answers keys that allow you to test over all the material with random questions, it provides you instant gratification so that you know if you are learning the material or if you need to study more. This entails you to be permitted to drive but it does come with some rules that you must follow.

Learners Permit Restrictions

When you have finally earned your learners permit you should feel great accomplishment as you can know officially operate a motor vehicle in your home state. Unfortunately obtaining your learner’s permit or license does come with a great deal of responsibilities and restrictions that you must follow and obey until you have held your learners permit for a certain amount of time and have successfully earned a full fledged state drivers license. Upon completion of your driver’s license tests, all of the learner’s permit restrictions will be lifted, but until that point some of the rules you may have to follow include-

  • You must drive with a licensed adult of at least 21 years of age.
  • You may not be able to have more than one minor in the car that is not immediate family.
  • You must maintain full coverage insurance while holding a learners permit or letting a permitted driver operate your vehicle.
  • Between the hours of 11pm and 6am in most states a permit holder may not operate a motor vehicle and to do so may incur sever penalties.
  • You may not attain any moving violations while holding a permit, this can affect the time frame of which you become eligible for a drivers license.
  • You must maintain school enrollment.
  • You must finish the required parts remaining in your driver’s education course.

Once you have studied the material successfully and passed the written exam you will be an official carrier of a state learner’s permit or license.

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