To get my license, do I have to take the DMV permit test?

If you want to get your drivers license, you must first earn your driver's permit. To get a driver's permit, sometimes known as a learner's permit, you must take a DMV permit test that will go over such facts as what the traffic laws are and what all the traffic signs mean. Driver's ed classes are not mandatory in all states, but taking the permit test is.

The permit test consists of a series of multiple choice questions based on the information you can find in your state's driver's license manual. Studying the manual and taking a few practice tests, whether from your state's DMV Web site or from a third-party site, will help you be more prepared for the test. While you generally can retake the permit test as many times as needed, some states charge a fee for each test attempt or require that you wait a certain number of days between testing.

To get your learner's permit, you must typically be at least 15 years old and be able to provide both proof of identity and proof of your Social Security number. In most states, you will need to have your parent or guardian come with you to the DMV office to sign a form that gives you permission to get your permit.

If you want to get your learner's permit, please keep in mind that some states have laws that refuse to grant driver's permits to residents under the age of 18 who have dropped out of school. Okalahoma goes one step further and administers a reading test to make sure all permit applicants can read at an eighth grade level or higher.

A driver's permit gives you the right to practice driving in the presence of a licensed driver. Each state has slightly different rules about who can supervise driving instruction, however, so you will want to check with the DMV office before you hit the road.

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