Applying for a New License (Drivers 18+) in Oklahoma
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This page will help you get your first driver's license from the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS).
NOTE: If you're a teenager applying for your first OK learner's permit, please visit our Applying for a New License (Teen Drivers) page.
If you've recently moved to Oklahoma from elsewhere in the country, it's usually a simple and straightforward process to obtain an OK driver's license.
What you'll need to do to apply for a Oklahoma driver's license depends on whether your out-of-state license is still valid or not. If it isn't expired, the only test you'll normally need to pass is the vision test.
However, if your out-of-state driver's license is expired, you'll need to successfully pass the Oklahoma written test and driving test to prove your knowledge of state road rules and your basic abilities in the driver's seat.
Follow the driver’s license application procedure outlined below. In addition to providing the required documents and payment, you'll also need to surrender your out-of-state driver's license.
Your standard driver's license in Oklahoma is a Class D license. (First-time drivers may also apply for a learner’s permit.)
To obtain an OK driver's license, you must apply in person at your local OK DPS office.
You'll need to submit the following to the DPS agent:
- 1 document showing primary identification, such as your:
- Certified birth certificate.
- U.S. passport.
- Certificate of naturalization.
- 1 document showing secondary identification, such as your:
- Social Security card.
- Oklahoma voter I.D. card.
- High school diploma.
- Your Social Security number (SSN).
- Proof of your name change, if applicable.
- Proof of your car insurance.
- Payment for the required fee.
Visit the OK DPS website for a complete list of required and accepted documents.
While at the OK DPS office, you will also need to pass the following exams:
- Written knowledge.
NOTE: If you have a valid driver's license from another state, you will need to surrender it to the OK DPS. Your written and driving exams may be waived.
Written and Driving Tests
The written knowledge exam will be based on information found in the Oklahoma Driver's Manual. You will be tested on topics such as:
- Drug and alcohol laws.
- Local Oklahoma traffic laws.
- Safe driving practices.
If you fail your written test, you will need to wait at least 1 day before you can retake it.
Before you can take your road test, you'll need to have passed both your vision and written knowledge exams.
If you fail the driving test, you must wait at least 1 day before retaking the exam. You can only fail 3 times within 30 days of your first try. All attempts following this must be 30 days apart.
You will need to pay the following fees for a Class D Oklahoma driver's license:
- Younger than 62 years old: $33.50 .
- 62 years old: $21.25.
- 63 years old: $17.50.
- 64 years old: $13.75.
- 65 years old and older: Free.
All applicants pay a $4 application fee.
If you're not a U.S. citizen, you will have additional requirements when applying for your OK driver's license.
If you're transferring a valid driver's license from a U.S. territory, you must provide a driving record translated into English (from the last 60 days) to have the driving and written test waived. You'll need to show all the identification documents mentioned above.
If you're a foreign national or a legal permanent resident alien, your accepted primary identification documents will differ. See the OK DPS website for a complete list.