Do I need an OK drivers permit before applying for an Oklahoma drivers license? Oklahoma

If you are at least 15 years old, a learners permit is not necessary when you are receiving instruction from and accompanied by a certified driver education instructor.

Driver education can take several different forms:

  • A secondary school driver education course, provided for in Sections 19-113 through 19-121 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes.
  • A driver education course certified by the Department of Public Safety and offered by a parochial, private, or other nonpublic secondary school
  • A commercial driver training course.
  • A parent-taught driver education course, as certified by the Department of Public Safety.
A learners permit is also not necessary for first-time adult drivers, as they are not covered by the regulations of the OK Graduated Driver License (GDL) program for teen drivers. Adult drivers can simply apply for a regular unrestricted Oklahoma drivers license.

Applying for Drivers Permit

Although driver education classes can be a useful part of learning how to operate a motor vehicle safely, sometimes students need more practice than what can be gained from a short-term class.

A learners permit allows a driver who is at least 15 1/2 and is either enrolled or has already completed a driver education course to drive when accompanied by any licensed driver at least 21 years of age. Without a driver education course, you must be at least 16 in order to receive a permit.

Your driving permit is considered to be the first step in the OK (GDL) program for teen drivers.

Regardless of age, you will be asked to complete a vision screening and a written exam before receiving your driving permit. You can prepare for the written exam by reviewing the practice permit test questions in the driver handbook published by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS).

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