How much does a permit cost?

“How much does a permit cost?” is probably the second most popular question new drivers ask DMVs and motor vehicle agencies across the nation (the first undoubtedly being “How old do I have to be again?”).

As you can see, the cost of a learners permit varies widely from state to state (it’s even free in one!). The ways states set their driver permit fees vary, too. Some states set a flat fee for their permits, some lump learners permit fees and drivers license fees together, and some base their drivers permit fees on factors such as the applicants’ ages.

Muddying the waters further, some states charge a fee for the permit itself as well as additional fees for applications, services, and testing. (Yes, that means if you don’t pass your written test the first time, your overall learners permit fee could increase. That drivers education course doesn’t look so bad now, does it?)

States can change their learners permit and drivers license fees at any time, so in addition to making sure you bring enough dough to cover all the related fees (as well as acceptable forms of payment), be sure to double-check with your DMV or motor vehicle agency to make sure you know the exact costs.

Check the grid below to see your state's fees.
Alabama $23
Alaska $15
Arizona $7
Arkansas The first written test is free; every written test after that is $5 to be paid once you pass the test and obtain your hard copy permit.
California $31
Colorado $10.60
Connecticut $18
Delaware $12.50
Florida $27
Georgia $10
Hawaii Fees vary by county but generally are around $10.
Idaho $30
Illinois $20
Indiana $9
Iowa $6
Kansas $8
Kentucky $12
Louisiana $13.50
Maine $10
Maryland $50 if you’ve had no previous license; $30 if you’ve had a previous license.
Massachusetts $30
Michigan Free
Minnesota $10.25
Mississippi $4
Missouri $3.50
Montana Contingent on age; $5 for every year until age 21, plus 50 cents. Example: 16-year-old applicant pays $25.50.
Nebraska $8
Nevada $25
New Hampshire State doesn’t require a learner’s permit; driver’s license fee is $50.
New Jersey $10
New Mexico $7
New York Contingent on age; fees start at $92.50 for a 16-year-old applicant.
North Carolina $15
North Dakota $5
Ohio $22
Oklahoma $21.50
Oregon $23.50
Pennsylvania $33
Rhode Island $11.50
South Carolina $2.50
South Dakota $8
Tennessee $5.50 if you’re younger than 18; $10.50 if you’re 18 or older.
Texas $5
Utah $15
Vermont $45 (includes permit fee and written test fee)
Virginia $3
Washington $20
West Virginia $5
Wisconsin $35
Wyoming $20
Washington DC $20

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