Drivers Permits in Nebraska
There are several different kinds of permits, and the one you obtain first depends on where you live. If you live in a rural area, you can get a permit at a younger age.
School Learner's Permit
You may qualify for a school learner's permit (LPE) if you:
- Are between 14 and 16 years old
- Live in a rural area (outside a city of 5,000 or more people and 1.5 or more miles away from your school; or your school is outside a city of 5,000 or more people)
- Want to practice your skills before applying for your permit
You must pass written and vision tests to get your LPE. The application fee is $10.50.
Once you obtain your LPE, you're allowed to drive as long as you're accompanied by a 21-year-old (or older) licensed driver.
Your LPE will be valid for three months, and can be renewed. If you lose your LPE, you'll need to contact your local DMV exam location.
The next step is getting a school permit, or SCP. An SCP is also for rural drivers.
- You can apply for an SCP once you've had an LPE for no less than two months. (This means you must be at least 14 years and two months old to apply for your SCP.)
- You can drive to and from school by yourself, but you must have a licensed driver over the age of 21 with you when you drive anywhere else.
The kinds of tests you take for your SCP depend on the method of "practice" you use:
- If you successfully complete a Nebraska DMV-approved driver safety course, your vision, written, and driving tests will be waived.
- If you submit a completed 50-hour certification form signed by a licensed driver over the age of 21, you'll need to take the vision and driving tests, but your written test will be waived. (Note that in order to use this testing format, you must surrender your LPE that was issued after January 1, 2006 and expired for no more than one year.)
The application fee is $10.50, and the SCP is valid until you turn 16. If you lose your SCP, contact your local DMV exam location. Once it expires, it's time to apply for your provisional operator permit.
A learner permit, or an LPD, is the first permit designed for non-rural drivers. Simply put, non-rural drivers are those individuals who don't live in rural areas.
You must be 15 years old to obtain your LPD. You can apply when you're 60 days from turning 15, but you're LPD won't be issued until your birthday.
You must pass both a vision and a written test; however, you can waive the written test if you once had an LPE that was issued after January 1, 2006.
The application fee is $10.50, and the LPD expires after one year. If you lose your LPD, you'll need to contact your local DMV exam location. After it expires, it's time to apply for your provisional operator permit.
Now we get to the good stuff―the provisional operator permit, or the POP. POPs are for drivers who:
- Have had their SCPs or LPDs for the required amount of time, and are 16 years old. (You can apply for your POP when you're within 60 days of turning 16, but you won't get it until you're 16.)
POPs require the same testing procedures as SCPs (see above). So, if you took the SCP route, you won't have to go through the same testing format. If you obtained your LPD first, you will.
With a POP, you can drive by yourself between 6 a.m. and midnight. Between midnight and 6 a.m. you must have a licensed driver over the age of 21 with you, unless you're heading to or from a work- or school-related event.
The application fee is $17.50, and the POP expires once you turn 18. If you lose your POP, you'll need to contact your local DMV exam location. There's really no need to renew it, because you're ready for your Nebraska operator license!
If you have six or more points on your record, you'll need to take a driver improvement course before you can apply for your regular operator license.
No matter what sort of permit you're applying for, you'll need to present one acceptable document that shows both your full name and date of birth. You'll also need to present two documents that show your principal address (or the address of your parent or guardian). In some cases, you may need to provide proof of your Social Security number.
Regardless of which learner permit you apply for, or when you test for your operator permit, it's best to go the extra mile when it comes to studying and practicing for your written and driving tests.
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