How do I get my drivers ed permit?

This varies according to where you live. However, to get a learner's permit, you will likely have to pass a written exam. See your state's main driver's license site for details about how much the test costs, when it can be taken, how long it is, and if you need an appointment to take it.

You can prepare for the test by studying your state's driver license manual or completing a driver's education course. Don't overlook taking an online education course, as it's a fun and convenient way to educate yourself about what you'll need to know to get your drivers ed permit.

Here's a guide to what you might expect in your state. However, be aware that requirements vary even within a state, based on matters such as age and amount of driver's education. What's listed are the requirements for the youngest driver within a state. Because of this, as well as the fact that states tend to change their requirements, it's wise to check with your state's licensing agency to make sure the information listed is still current.


Written Test Required Vision Test Required
Alabama
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x
Minimum age: 15
Alaska
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x
Minimum age: 14
Arizona
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x
Minimum age: 15 & 6 months
Arkansas
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x
Minimum age: 14
California
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x
Minimum age: 15 1/2
Colorado
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x
Minimum age: 15
Connecticut
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x
Minimum age: 16
Delaware
x
Minimum age: 16; must complete driver's ed class
Florida
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x
Minimum age: 15
Georgia
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x
Minimum age: 15
Hawaii
x
x
Minimum age: 15
Idaho
x
Minimum age: 15; must be in a driver's ed class
Illinois
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x
Minimum age: 15
Indiana
x
Minimum age: 15; must be in a driver's ed class
Iowa
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x
Minimum age: 14
Kansas
x
x
Minimum age: 14
Kentucky
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x
Minimum age: 16
Louisiana
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x
Minimum age: 15
Maine
x
x
Minimum age: 15
Maryland
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x
Minimum age: 15 & 9 months
Massachusetts
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x
Minimum age: 16
Michigan
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x
Minimum age: 14 & 8 months
Minnesota
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x
Minimum age: 15
Mississippi
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x
Minimum age: 15
Missouri
x
x
Minimum age: 15
Montana
x
x
Minimum age: 14 & 6 months
Nebraska
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x
Minimum age: 14
Nevada
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x
Minimum age: 15 & 6 months
New Hampshire Minimum age: 15 & 6 months
New Jersey
x
x
Minimum age: 16
New Mexico
x
x
Minimum age: 15
New York
x
x
Minimum age: 16
North Carolina
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x
Minimum age: 14 & 6 months
North Dakota
x
x
Minimum age: 14
Ohio
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x
Minimum age: 15 & 6 months
Oklahoma
x
x
Minimum age: 15
Oregon
x
x
Minimum age: 15
Pennsylvania
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x
Minimum age: 16
Rhode Island
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x
Minimum age: 16
South Carolina
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x
Minimum age: 15
South Dakota
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x
Minimum age: 14
Tennessee
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x
Minimum age: 15
Texas
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x
Minimum age: 15
Utah
x
x
Minimum age: 15
Vermont
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x
Minimum age: 15
Virginia
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x
Minimum age: 15 & 6 months
Washington
x
Minimum age: 15; must be in driver's ed class
West Virginia
x
x
Minimum age: 15
Wisconsin
x
x
Minimum age: 15 & 6 months
Wyoming
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x
Minimum age: 15
Washington DC
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x
Minimum age: 16

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