Applying for a New License (Drivers 18+) in DelawarePage Overview
Whether you’ve just moved to Delaware or you’re a teen ready to get behind the wheel, you need to apply for a new driver’s license. The Delaware DMV issues the following types of licenses:
Learner’s Permit for adults
For new drivers over 18 years old you’ll first apply for a Learner’s Permit. You must hold this for 10 days and practice driving before you take the road test.
New DE Residents
If you’ve moved here from another state with a valid driver’s license, all you need to do is:
- Go to your local DMV.
- Fill out an application and pay the $40 fee.
- Pass the vision screening.
You must turn in your old license within 60 days of moving here and show 2 documents proving residency, such as utility bills. The road and written tests are waived, unless your license is expired..
Taking a supplemental driver’s ed class always helps people pass the tests, although it’s not required.
The best way to prepare is by studying the Drivers Manual. It’s also available in Spanish.
You should also use the free practice tests to try out your road rules knowledge.
There are four DMVs. Call to see if they will make a testing appointment for you. If you have special test day needs for a disability, you must call ahead to inquire about accommodations and appointments.
On the day of the test, be prepared to:
- Pay the license fee. If you want to pay by credit card, check with the office first.
- Pass the vision test.
- Provide 1 primary and 1 secondary forms of identification from Delaware’s lists.
Driver’s license applications must be made in person.
If You Pass
Congratulations! Make an appointment to come back and take the road test in 10 days.
A license usually requires a car, so start shopping. Consider how far you’ll be traveling and how often. Used cars have lots of great values. Don’t forget to get a vehicle history report if you go that route. A report details the car’s past, so you can be sure you’re not buying a flooded out engine or the like.
Once you have a car, you’ll need car insurance. Shop different providers for the best deal. Be sure to ask about discounts for good driving or good grades if you’re a student.
All first-time drivers must take the road test at the same office where you took the written test. First, make an appointment before you come in. You must also provide proof of car insurance and a valid registration.
Show up with a licensed driver. If you fail, you’ll have to get driven home.
Once You Pass
The DMV will issue your license on the spot.
If You Fail
Ask for another road test appointment. Each DMV has its own waiting time requirement.Other Topics in This Section