How to Apply for Your Learner’s Permit

Date posted: 06/18/2012

by Kathy Teel on
in License & Endorsements

3535 How to Apply for Your Learners Permit

A learner’s permit enables new drivers to gain valuable firsthand driving experience under the supervision of a licensed adult.

Basic Steps to Applying for Your Learner’s Permit

To obtain your learner’s permit, follow these simple steps.

  • Practice for the permit test. You can find sample permit tests online, that can be a real help in obtaining your learner’s permit. Consider also an online driver’s education course, or review your notes from an earlier driver’s education class.
  • Go to your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) branch. Some places require an appointment for the permit test, so be sure to call ahead.
  • Meet the learner’s permit requirements. Not having proper documentation will almost certainly result in an incomplete application. In general, you will need proof of your identity (think birth certificate, previous learner’s permit, or Social Security card), and proof of residence (a few pieces of mail often suffice).
  • Pay the learner’s permit fee (varies depending on your state).

NOTE: The process may vary slightly from state to state. Check your state’s driver permit regulations.

About Kathy Teel

Kathy Teel is a freelance writer and editor, a sometime college instructor, and a perpetual student. She has written extensively in the areas of local law, business, politics, addiction and recovery, marriage and sexuality, parenting, education, and religion and spirituality. She is a founding member of her town’s community theatre and works with learning disabled children in her local school. She makes her home in Missouri with her husband, another writer/ editor/ student/ actor, and her three incredibly talented children. Kathy has been writing for a living since 2006, and would love to consider new projects. Contact her at More articles by Kathy Teel

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