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Frequently Asked Questions

Top 5 Common Questions of New Drivers

  1. I completed a driver-safety course and received a written and driver test waiver. Do I still have to take the test to get a school permit?
    Yes, the POP(Provisional Operator's Permit) waiver from the DMV-approved driver-safety course CANNOT be used to waive tests for a school permit.
     
  2. How do I know if the driver-safety course I have signed up for has been approved by the Department of Motor Vehicles?
    The list of DMV-approved driver-safety courses can be accessed at the DMV web site.
     
  3. I want to complete the 50-hour driving-log form. Where can I get one?
    Contact your local Drivers License Examiner or download the form from the DMV web site.
     
  4. Once I meet all the requirements, can I apply for a POP before my 16th birthday?
    Yes, individuals may apply and take all tests required for a POP 60 days before their 16th birthday. However, the POP cannot be issued until you turn 16.
     
  5. When can I switch my POP to an unrestricted operator's license?
    Individuals under the age of 18 years old who have held a POP for at least 12 months, have surrendered their POP to Examining Staff and have not accumulated 3 or more points on their driving record during the 12-month period will be eligible for an operator's license. The written and drive tests will be waived.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I choose a driving school? What should I know?
  2. What is the procedure for a minor to get a driver's permit?
  3. What is required in order for a minor to get a driver's license?
  4. What should I bring with me to the DMV driving test?
  5. What will they do on the driving test?
  6. Common mistakes that people make and end up returning to the DMV another day.
  7. If you had an appointment and couldn't take the test for some of the reasons mentioned above you can...

1. How do I choose a driving school? What should I know?

  • Are they bonded, licensed by the Department of Vehicles and fully insured?
  • Is the training one-on-one or are there other students or observers in the car?
  • How many sessions are there to complete the required six hours of training?
  • Will I have the same instructor for every session?
  • What is the training program?
  • What type of vehicle will you be using?
  • How much experience does the instructor have?
  • Is the instructor male or female and what is their name?
  • Do they take the student to the DMV for the actual driving test?
  • How often are the appointments scheduled?
  • What is the safety record?

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2. What is the procedure for a minor to get a driver's permit?

  • Complete an accepted course in driver education (if you are under 171/2) and get a certificate of completion. There are several ways to get the classroom portion of your training.
  • You must be at least 151/2 years old. If you are 15-151/2 you can take the written test if you acquire a simultaneous enrollment form available from GSR teachers or private driving schools. You must first begin classroom driver's education.
  • Go to the DMV and take the written test. Appointments are not required but it will save you time in line.
    Bring with you for your written test:
    • birth certificate (original or certified copy) or a passport
    • completion slip from the classroom drivers education (or if you are 15-151/2, a simultaneous form [see section above]) - classroom is not required if you are over 171/2
    • social security card
    • completed DMV application form (must be signed by both parents or sole custodian)
    • $12.00 (price subject to change) application fee (credit cards not accepted - cash or check ok). This fee pays for 3 written and/or 3 driving tests.
  • Successfully pass the DMV written test within 3 attempts and receive a permit to drive once validated by a licensed driving instructor.
  • You must begin the behind-the-wheel driver training with a licensed instructor to validate the permit and then it is legal to drive with a licensed driver over 25 years old.

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3. What is required in order for a minor to get a driver's license?

  • at least 16 years old
  • complete 50 hours of training/practice time with an adult over 25 years old
  • completed 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training with a licensed instructor and received a Certificate of Completion
  • must have had the permit for a minimum of 6 months
  • successfully pass the DMV drive test - appointments are required for the drive test

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4. What should I bring with me to the DMV driving test?

Read you permit. Often there are more requirements than this list displays. It depends on what you showed them when you got your permit.

  • completion slip from drivers training
  • permit signed by a parent along with their driver's license number
  • proof of insurance on the vehicle you will be using for the test (your name does not need to appear on the insurance card)
  • current registration on the vehicle you will be using for the test
  • additional items would be listed on the permit if required such as:
    • verification of birth date (birth certificate)
    • social security number
    • completion form from classroom driver's education
  • the vehicle that you use must:
    • have working turn signals and brake lights
    • have a working horn
    • have a crack-free windshield
    • have front and rear license plates (or temp form if new or newly purchased)
    • have a working drivers window
    • have a seatbelt and secure seats and doors
    • be free from any hazardous condition

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5. What will they do on the driving test?

  • Examiners will not try to trick you or make you fail. They want to assess your ability to control the vehicle, obey traffic laws and watch out for others who may not be doing either of those things.
  • The examiner will conduct a pre-check of the vehicle. You will need to:
    • show your hand signals
    • show them the turn, brake and headlights and that they are operational
    • show where the defroster controls are and how to use them
    • show where the windshield wiper control is and how to use it
    • show where the hazard light control is located
    • sound the horn on the vehicle (it must be operational)
  • You will be given instructions on how the test will be conducted.
  • You will be taken on a designated route which will include driving in traffic and in neighborhoods.
  • You will be expected to safely pull to and from the curb and back up in a straight line.
  • There is no parallel parking on the test.

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6. Common mistakes that people make and end up returning to the DMV another day.

  • Going to take the written test and:
    • only having one parent signature on the application
    • didn't bring one of the required pieces of paperwork
  • Going to take the driving test and:
    • forgot to make an appointment
    • didn't bring one of the required pieces of paperwork
    • insurance or registration form is out of date
    • something on the vehicle does not work or is not safe
    • the windshield has a crack in it

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7. If you had an appointment and couldn't take the test for some of the reasons mentioned above you can...

  • make another appointment (DMV's are usually booked 15-25 days ahead)
  • ask if you can return and be on stand-by. This does not mean you will be able to test later. If someone fails to show up, most DMV's will work you in. However, some days they are too busy, short-handed or already overbooked and can not accommodate you.

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