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    Getting Your Oklahoma Learner's Permit

    Teenage drivers in Oklahoma are involved in more crashes than any other age group. This is just one of the many reason why the state’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) has implemented a Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program.

    Your first step towards getting your Oklahoma driver’s license is to obtain a learner permit. Below you will find what you need to know, including information about Driver’s Ed requirements and behind-the-wheel practice driving.

    You can also reach the DPS at (405) 425-2424 for further questions.

    New to Oklahoma?

    If you’re new to Oklahoma and you have a valid permit from your previous state, it can be transferred to Oklahoma without taking the written test as long as:

    • You are at least 15 1/2 years old.
    • The permit is still valid.
    • You submit the required documents mentioned below.

    NOTE: If your out-of-state learner's permit is expired, you will have to take the written test in Oklahoma and follow all guidelines and instructions outlined below.

    Apply for an Oklahoma Learner's Permit

    In Oklahoma, you can begin driving as young as 15 years old, and the GDL applies to you until you’re 18 years old. The requirements for an OK learner’s permit differ based on your age.

    Driver’s Education in Oklahoma

    Although Driver’s Ed is not required in Oklahoma, an approved driver education course will expedite the GDL process and will make you a smarter, safer, and more responsible driver. Driver’s Ed can be provided by a secondary/high school, a commercial driving school, an approved online provider, or at home through Parent-Taught Driver’s Ed (PTDE).

    15 Years Old

    If you’re 15 years old, you’re allowed to practice driving if you’re enrolled in Driver’s Ed and under the instruction of/accompanied by a certified Driver’s Ed instructor. You may not yet apply for a learner’s permit.

    15 ½ Years Old

    When you are 15 1/2 years old, you can apply for a learner's permit at your local DPS office as long as you either:

    • Have completed a driver’s education course.
      OR
    • Are enrolled in Driver’s Ed and currently receiving instruction.

    You’ll need to pass the written permit test, a vision exam, and provide the DPS with:

    • Proof of:
      • Primary ID (e.g. state-certified birth certificate, valid U.S. passport, Certificate of Naturalization).
      • Secondary ID (health insurance card, Oklahoma employer photo ID, Affidavit of Parent Authorization (Form DPS 300 PA.)
      • Social Security number (SSN).
      • Enrollment or completion of an approved Driver’s Ed course.
    • School letter verifying your enrollment in or attendance at school and a referenced reading test if you are in the 8th grade.

    For more information about these required documents, please refer to this list of acceptable proofs.

    16 Years Old

    Without taking Driver’s Ed, you must wait until you’re at least 16 years old to get your learner's permit. You’ll need to pass the written and vision exams and provide the DPS with:

    • Proof of:
      • Primary ID (e.g. state-certified birth certificate, valid U.S. passport, Certificate of Naturalization).
      • Secondary ID (health insurance card, Oklahoma employer photo ID, Affidavit of Parent Authorization (Form DPS 300 PA).
      • Social Security number (SSN).
    • School letter verifying your enrollment in or attendance at school and a referenced reading test if you are in the 8th grade.

    Please see the state’s list of acceptable identity documents for details on what you may use as proof.

    Age 18 and Older

    If you’re 18 years old or older and you obtain a learner permit, you must hold it for a minimum of 30 days before applying for a driver’s license. In order to get a learner’s permit, you must pass the written test and a vision exam, and provide the following:

    • Proof of:
      • Primary ID (e.g. state-certified birth certificate, valid U.S. passport, Certificate of Naturalization).
      • Secondary ID (health insurance card, Oklahoma employer photo ID, Social Security card).
      • Social Security number (SSN).
      • Legal name change (If applicable).

    Check out the DPS-provided list of acceptable proofs for examples of documents to bring.

    Taking the Written Permit Test in Oklahoma

    To get your learner's permit you must appear before a Driver License Examiner at a Driver Exam site where you will take the written exam. If you’re under 18 years old, you must have your parent or legal guardian present.

    The exam will be comprised of multiple-choice questions taken directly from the Oklahoma Driver’s Manual. Upon passing the written permit test and a vision exam, the examiner will issue you a form that you must take to a tag agency in order to pay the following fees:

    • Permit application fee: $4.
    • License fee: $33.50.
    • Retest fee (if applicable): $4.
      • If you need to retake the permit test you must pay $4 each time you retake the test, up to $8.

    Behind-the-Wheel Driving Requirements

    With your Oklahoma learner’s permit, you’ll be required to complete behind-the-wheel practice as part of your GDL program. This consists of:

    • 50 hours of behind-the-wheel driving practice.
    • 10 hours of practice at night (as part of your overall 50 hours).

    You must be accompanied by a supervisor at least 21 years old at all times, who has also been licensed themselves for at least 2 years.

    Learner’s Permit Driving Restrictions

    Whenever you’re in the driver’s seat, you must always be accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old in the front seat next to you. You must also not incur any convictions on your driving record during this time.

    Obtain a Duplicate Oklahoma Learner’s Permit

    In order to replace your permit, go to any Driver License Exam site and bring the documents mentioned above. For more information, please refer our Replacing a Lost License page.

    Your Next Step: Get Your Intermediate Driver's License

    Getting a learner's permit is a huge step towards freedom and independence. Don’t take this freedom for granted. It’s important that you pay attention at all times when you’re behind the wheel.

    The next step in the Oklahoma GDL process is to get your intermediate license. For more information, please refer to our OK Teen Driver’s License page.

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