So you’re ready to earn your very first Arizona driver’s license―congratulations! We’re here to help. We know the process can seem rather complicated, which is why we’ve broken it down into easy-to-follow steps that will have you behind the wheel in no time.
New to Arizona?
The AZ Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) handles licensing in Arizona. Teens who have a driver’s license in another state can transfer their license to Arizona by:
You will be issued a Class G graduated license, and will need to follow the driving restrictions listed below for a Class G license for the first 6 months the license is issued to you.
Teens with out-of-state instruction permits must meet the requirements of Arizona’s graduated driver licensing program, outlined below.
About the Arizona GDL Program
Arizona is one of many states that has implemented a graduated driver licensing (GDL) program, in which teens must complete a number of requirements before obtaining a full driver’s license. In Arizona, teens must first earn an instruction permit, then a Class G graduated license, before earning a full Class D operator’s license.
Driver's Education in Arizona
Teens in Arizona have the option of completing a state-approved driver’s education course to give themselves a strong foundation for safe and responsible driving. This course will include:
- 30 hours of classroom instruction.
- 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training.
A Driver’s Ed course satisfies the requirement for the 30 hours of supervised driving practice required for a graduated driver’s license. For more information, visit our page on Driver’s Education in Arizona.
- 15 years and 6 months old: eligible for instruction permit.
- 16 years old: eligible for Class G graduated license.
- 18 years old: eligible for Class D operator license.
Arizona Instruction Permit
You may apply for a graduated instruction permit once you are 15 years and 6 months old. Before you do, it’s a good idea to prepare yourself for the written exam by taking a practice test.
After you’ve studied, go to your nearest MVD office and:
- Submit a Driver License Application (Form 40-5122) with your parent/guardian’s signature. You may also start your application online.
- Provide two documents proving your identity (one must have a photo). The MVD provides a list of identification requirements.
- Pass a vision exam.
- Pass the written knowledge exam.
- Pay the $7 instruction permit fee.
With your instruction permit, you must log at least 30 hours of supervised driving practice with a licensed driver 21 years old or older in the front seat at all times. 10 hours must be driven at night, and 20 hours during the daytime.
You must hold your instruction permit for a minimum of 6 months before applying for your graduated driver’s license.
Once you’ve passed your written test, you will be issued your graduated instruction permit. You can now begin your behind-the-wheel practice.
Arizona Graduated Driver’s License
Once you are at least 16 years old and have held your instruction permit for at least 6 months, you’re eligible for your Class G graduated driver’s license. Make sure you’ve either completed all 30 hours of supervised driving practice, or you’ve completed a state-approved Driver’s Ed course (see above).
When you’re ready, make an appointment at your local MVD office for your road test. Make sure to bring:
- Your valid instruction permit.
- One of the following documents:
―Written certification from your parent/guardian proving that you completed 30 hours of supervised driving.
―Proof of completion from a state-approved driver’s education course.
- Two documents proving your identity .
- The registration and proof of insurance for the vehicle you will be testing in.
- Payment for the $25 driver’s license fee.
Once you pass your road test, you will earn your Class G graduated driver’s license. You will keep this license until you turn 18 years old.
Graduated Driver's License Driving Restrictions
With your graduated driver’s license, there also come some driving restrictions:
- You may not drive with more than one passenger under 18 years old, unless:
―They are your siblings.
―You are driving with your parent/guardian in the front seat.
- For the first 6 months with your license, you may not drive between midnight and 5 a.m. unless:
―You are driving with your parent/guardian in the front seat.
―You are driving to or from work, church, school, or because of a family emergency.
After the first 6 months, as long as you have not received any traffic violations or license suspensions, these parameters will be lifted, and you may drive without restriction.
AZ Class D Operator’s License
Once you turn 18 years old, you are eligible to apply for a Class D operator’s license. You may either continue to use your Class G license, or you may choose to obtain a new duplicate license with the Class D designation.
To do so, go to your local MVD office with:
You can also obtain a duplicate license online, by phone, and by mail.
- Online―Visit the Service Arizona website.
- By phone―Call one of the following numbers for your area:
―Phoenix: (602) 255-0072
―Tucson: (520) 629-9808
―Elsewhere in AZ: (800) 251-5866
- By mail―Send the above documents, with a photocopy of your driver’s license and a check made payable to the Motor Vehicle Division, to:
- Motor Vehicle Division
- P.O. Box 2100
- Phoenix, AZ 85001-2100
Auto Insurance in Arizona
You must have auto insurance to drive on Arizona roads, and you must show proof of insurance in order to obtain a driver’s license. Adding a teen to a policy can cause prices to skyrocket, so make sure you shop around for the best provider for your family.
Instruction Permit Insurance
Teens with permits may be covered under the insurance of the adult licensed driver who is riding with them. It’s wise to contact your insurance company to verify that you are covered when driving the vehicle with an insured adult. If not, it is very important to get an insurance policy that covers the you while driving with a permit.
Graduated License Insurance
Teen drivers are required to show proof of insurance in order to get their license. You may be added to your family’s existing policy, a parent's policy, or you might get your own policy.
There may be opportunities for your family to qualify for insurance discounts. For more information about discounts, rates, and coverage, visit the DMV.org pages:
Other AZ Teen Driver’s Licenses
Arizona Teen Motorcycle License
Teens can get a motorcycle permit at 15 years and 6 months old. To do so, go to your local MVD office with:
- Two forms of acceptable identification.
- A Driver License Application (Form 40-5122).
- Payment for the $7 permit fee.
You will need to pass the motorcycle written test before you’re issued your motorcycle permit. If you haven’t yet obtained a regular Class G or D driver’s license, you’ll also need to pass the written driver’s licensing test.
With your permit, you may only drive with a licensed motorcycle driver alongside you. You may not drive between sunset and sunrise, or on freeways or interstate highways. Your permit is valid for 7 months.
Teens can get a motorcycle license when they:
- Are at least 16 years old.
- Have held a motorcycle permit for at least 6 months.
- Complete one of the following requirements:
―Pass an approved motorcycle rider education course.
―Complete at least 30 hours of motorcycle riding practice, with your parent/guardian’s written certification.
- Pass the riding skills test.
- Pay the $25 license fee, or the $7 motorcycle endorsement fee if you already have a Class G or D driver’s license.