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    Arizona Driver’s Permits

    The Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) is in charge of issuing driver’s permits to all first-time drivers.

    As part of the graduated driver licensing (GDL) program, teenagers are required to first apply for a learner’s permit and complete a driver’s education course before obtaining a driver’s license. There are 3 stages of the GDL program:

    • Instruction permit/learner's permit.
    • Graduated restricted driver’s license/provisional license.
    • Full, unrestricted driver’s license.

    Continue reading this page for information about obtaining your instruction permit and graduated driver’s license.

    Arizona Learner’s Permit Requirements

    The first step of the graduated driver licensing process is to apply for your Arizona learner’s permit. You must be at least 15 years and 6 months old to apply.

    To proceed, visit your local AZ MVD licensing office and:

    Your learner’s permit will be valid for 12 months.

    Taking the Arizona Permit Test

    NOTE: If you have an out-of-state driver’s license, the AZ MVD does not require a written test in most cases. However, your Arizona MVD representative will decide.

    The written permit test in Arizona contains 30 questions (all multiple choice) at your local MVD office. To prepare for your written test, you should read the Arizona Driver Manual and take a practice test.

    You have 3 attempts to pass the written permit test within 12 months of applying for your Arizona learner’s permit. If you fail 3 attempts at your exam, you will need to pay your application fees again.

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    Permit Driving Restrictions in Arizona

    With your graduated Arizona learner's permit, you may only operate a vehicle while supervised by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old and seated next to you.

    Your learner's permit will be valid for 12 months.

    Behind-the-Wheel Driving Requirements in Arizona

    While you have your Arizona learner’s permit, you must either:

    • Complete an AZ driver’s education course through your high school or a professional Driver's Ed program.
      OR
    • Complete 30 hours of supervised driving, including 10 hours at night.

    If you choose to enroll in a driver’s education course, the curriculum consists of:

    • 30 hours of instruction in the classroom.
    • 6 hours of behind-the-wheel driving instruction.

    Next Step: Get Your Graduated Driver License

    To apply for your provisional license in Arizona, you must:

    • Be at least 16 years old but younger than 18 years old.
    • Have held your Arizona learner's permit for at least 6 months.
    • Have completed:
      • An MVD-approved driver’s education program.
        OR
      • 30 hours of supervised driving practice, which includes at least 10 hours at night.

    Visit your local MVD office and:

    For information about applying for your Arizona driver’s license, please visit our Applying for a New License (Teen Drivers) in Arizona page.

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