Nebraska Driver's License Info, Driver's License Handbook, DMV Test

(From the Nebraska DMV Manual)

Who Must Have a Nebraska License

  • Any Nebraska resident who operates a motor vehicle on the streets and highways of Nebraska must have a license.
  • Any new resident with a valid licensefromanotherstatemustobtainaNebraskalicense within 30 days.

Class O Operators License

A Class O License authorizes a license holder to operate any motor vehicle (including a moped and an ATV) except a motorcycle and commercial motor vehicle.

Minimum Age: 17. Individuals under the age of 18 may not apply until they have held a Provisional Operator’s Permit (POP) for at least 12 months and have not accumulated three or more points on their driving record during the previous 12-month period.


  1. Individuals under 18 surrendering their POP and meeting the POP criteria above: vision test.
  2. Individuals 18–21 who have held a POP: vision test.
  3. Individuals 18 or older applying for a ?rst time license, who have never held a POP: vision, written and drive tests. Individuals surrendering a valid or expired (no more than one year prior to surrender)
    Nebraska learner’s permit (LPD) will have the written test waived.
  4. Individuals under the age of 18 surrendering a valid out-of-state license must meet POP requirements outlined in Section 1B-5.
  5. New residents 18 or older surrendering a valid out-of-state license: vision test required, drive test administered at discretion of the Driver’s License Examiner. If the applicant is unable to surrender the out-of-state license or if the license is expired, the written test will be
  6. All other individuals renewing their Nebraska licenses: vision test required, written test may be waived (see Section 1C-3) and the drive test administered at the discretion of the Driver’s License Examiner.

General Permit and License Information

  • Proof of identity and age required for all permits and licenses. See Section 1C-1.
  • A social security number or valid US Citizenship and Immigration Services I-94 or I-94A document (in a valid foreign passport) is required for all permits and licenses.
  • Licenses issued to individuals under the age of 21 expire on the license holder’s 21st birthday. Licenses issued to individuals 21 or older expire on the license holder’s birthday in the ?fth year after issuance.
  • Any individual under 21 who holds a POP or license and who accumulates within any 12-month period a total of six or more points on their driving record will be required to attend and successfully complete a driver improvement course. This course will consist of at least eight hours of instruction. If an individual fails to complete the course within three months after noti?cation by the Department, their POP or license will be suspended.
  • The holder of an LPE, SCP, LPD or POP shall not use any type of interactive wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle. Interactive wireless communication device means any wireless electronic communication between two or more parties, including, but not limited to, a mobile or cellular phone, or a text messaging device, a personal digital assistant that sends or receives messages, an audio-visual player that sends or receives messages, or a laptop computer.
  • Any individual who renews his or her license which was valid for only one year or less will not be required to take the written and drive test administered by a Driver’s License Examiner unless the license has a bioptic restriction on it.

Obtaining Your License

U.S. Based Proof of Identification

Nebraska statutes require one form of identification which includes name and date of birth for driver’s licenses and permits. Two forms of identification, one which includes name and date of birth, are required for Nebraska ID Cards.

Original Documents Only – photocopies cannot be accepted.

In the event of a name change, please be aware that documents on this list will be required to be presented to the Driver’s License Examiner tying all names together.

Individuals under the age of 18 will be required to provide a certi?ed birth certi?cate or a certi?ed birth registration (hospital issued not acceptable) to the Driver’s License Examiner as proof of identity. Individuals under 18 presenting foreign based birth certi?cates will be required to present an accompanying U.S. based document.

A complete list of all required documents can be found in the $CSLINK or online on Nebraska’s DMV website

Social Security Number

All social security numbers will be veri?ed thru the Social Security Administration. Bring proof of your social security number with you when making application for a license, permit or state identification card.


You will be required to take and pass a vision test, written test and road test. If you fail any of the above, the examiner will indicate to you when you can retake your test.

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