Drivers Permits in Alabama
When you reach the age when it's time to learn the drive, the first step for a teen driver is the learner's license. You must be at least age 15 to take the written exam for this license. Questions on the exam are from the Alabama Driver's Manual, so study it well.
This Class D learner's license carries a "Y" restriction, which means that you may drive a vehicle only when accompanied by a licensed driver age 21 or older who is in the front passenger seat beside you. When you turn 16, or if you were already at least 16 when you applied for your first learner's license, you can be accompanied by a licensed driver of any age.
This learner's license is valid for four years and may be renewed once. The fee is $23, plus a $5 written exam fee.
If you are a teen between 16 and 18 years old, you can apply for a regular driver's license after you've held the learner's license for at least six months. When you apply, you'll be required to pass a driving (road) test. Once you pass the road test, the "Y" restriction will be removed from your license for the remainder of the four-year license period. There's no additional charge for the driving test.
The state of Alabama allows a 60-day grace period for driving with an expired license. You may renew your license at any time during those 60 days without penalty, but you cannot legally drive a vehicle with an expired license after those 60 days have passed.
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