Requirements

When individuals present themselves at a state’s licensing facility as an applicants for a driver’s licenses, there are several requirements they will be required to meet in order to obtain a valid driver’s license. State statutes provide very specific information about the requirements for obtaining a driver’s license. These requirements include:

  • Residency requirements. For example, it is common for states to require individuals to apply for a driver’s licenses within a certain time after moving to the state.
  • Production of identification documents (there is a preference for photo identification) and disclosure of the individuals’ Social Security numbers.
  • Proof that the applicants meet the state’s minimum age for possessing a driver’s licenses.
  • Three tests: a written exam, a vision test, and a driving test.
  • If applicants are a foreign national, there may be additional requirements imposed by the state or by the INS.
  • Payment of the appropriate application fees.
  • Proof of insurance.
  • Production of any other valid licenses and instructions permits from other states or foreign countries.

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