Do drivers need to make an appointment to take permit tests?

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A learners permit is generally the first step in the Graduated Drivers License program for teen drivers. A learners permit allows you to legally practice driving under the supervision of a responsible adult.

Each state has its own testing requirements, but generally a written knowledge test is required for a drivers permit. These permit tests are usually given at a specific testing site. Most states don’t require an appointment for testing, but appointments may be recommended at certain locations or if you need accommodations such as having someone read the test to you.

There may also be certain documentation requirements you must meet to get your learners permit. In Arkansas, for example, you will need to take a birth certificate, proof of enrollment in school, proof of a grade point average of at least 2.0, and a parent or legal guardian to the testing site.

In Mississippi, a completed application must include the notarized signatures of both of your parents or guardians. If your parents are divorced, the parent with custody must sign. For Missouri teens younger than 18, a signed Certification of School Attendance form must be obtained from the school that they are attending and signed within 30 days of the permit application date.

Appointments Available
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
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Make an appointment for faster service.
Colorado Arrive before 4 p.m. to receive service.
Connecticut
Delaware Must apply in person at one of the offices. All applications must be signed by a sponsor. The sponsor is held jointly liable with the minor for any damages resulting from the minor's negligence.
Florida
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Appointments are provided at all full service offices and are recommended.
Georgia Testing must begin at least 30 minutes before office close time.
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
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You do not need to schedule an appointment for a written examination unless you need to have the test read to you. You must arrive at least one hour before a branch closes to take a written examination.
Iowa
Kansas Examinations are only given in full service stations and can not be started within the last hour of the day. Hours across the state may vary.
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine In most cases, the driver education provider will have all forms processed and you will receive the permit in the mail. Driver education is required before the permit is obtained.
Maryland
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If necessary, oral examinations are available in most branch offices by appointment only. No appointment is required for a computer assisted oral test.
Massachusetts
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An appointment is needed only if you want the test given orally. All applicants must have a sponsor.
Michigan Only a vision test is required because the applicant must successfully complete Segment 1 of an approved driver education program and present a Segment 1 Certificate of Completion to get a permit.
Minnesota
Mississippi Call ahead of time for testing hours.
Missouri A qualified person must accompany you to the license station to sign a permission statement. A qualified person is a parent, legal guardian, or certified trainer with a federal residential job training program.
Montana
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Appointment scheduling is available at the following stations: Hardin, Red Lodge, and Townsend. All other stations are walk-ins. At rural stations, you must pay for the license at the country treasurer’s office and bring the receipt to the testing station.
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire All first-time applicants holding visas, permanent resident cards, refugees, asylees, and employment authorizations cards (EAD) must apply at the Concord office.
New Jersey Visit any MVC Agency with a licensed driving instructor.
New Mexico If the applicant can provide a Certificate of Completion that includes a three-hour DWI component, a written test is not required.
New York
North Carolina It is recommended that you verify office hours in your area.
North Dakota Arrive no later than one hour prior to noon and no later than one hour prior to closing.
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island If you are 16-18, you need to have completed a 33-hour certified driver education course certified. Once you have completed the course and passed the written exam, you will be given a certificate. You need to submit that certificate along with a completed permit application to the DMV. A parent or legal guardian must sign form, if you are younger than 18.
South Carolina
South Dakota File application at least one hour prior to closing if you wish to complete the exam on the same day.
Tennessee
Texas
Utah All testing processes must be completed half hour prior to closing. If you are younger than 18, a parent must sign a financial responsibility form.
Vermont
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Appointments are not required, but the DMV recommends scheduling one. Having an appointment means that you will be taken care of as quickly as possible.
Virginia
Washington You must start testing 30 minutes prior to closing.
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
Washington DC

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