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  • Drivers Permits in Wyoming

    A learner's permit is the first leap towards obtaining a full-fledged driver's license. The program, authored by the Wyoming Department of Transportation(WYDOT), is designed to give you behind-the-wheel experience under the supervision of other licensed drivers.

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    Applying for an Instruction Permit

    Phase one of the learning process begins with getting a Learner's Permit. This permit allows the driver to operate a motor vehicle only if accompanied by a licensed passenger 18 years of age or older. The permit is valid for 1 year and costs $20.

    While you have the permit, you must complete 50 hours of behind-the-wheel-training, with 10 of these hours at night. WYDOT provides a log sheet to record the hours.

    Once you've driven 50 hours, the log sheet must be signed by a parent, guardian, or other licensed driver who can evaluate your driving ability.

    You'll need to fulfill the following requirements to be issued a Learner's Permit:

    • You must be at least 15 years old.
    • Appear in person at a driver's license examination station.
    • Present acceptable identification, which includes providing proof of U.S. citizenship. The state is specific about this, requiring one of the following documents:
      ―A certified birth certificate*
      ―A valid U.S. passport
      ―A consular report of birth abroad
      ―A certificate of citizenship
      ―A certificate of naturalization
    • Pass a written test.
    • Pass a vision test.
    • Have minor's release form (available at exam offices) signed by a parent or guardian.
    • Pay a $20 fee.

    *NOTE: If you were born in Wyoming, you can, if needed, obtain a certified birth certificate from the WY Department of Health's Vital Statistics Services.

    Restricted Driver License

    Considering that the short rectangle of Wyoming lassos a massive landscape that is both sparsely populated and exceptionally rural, it is only natural that there are cases where an individual under the legal driving age may need to operate a vehicle. Thus, the state issues restricted permits and driver's licenses to 14- and 15-year-olds who meet a certain set of criteria. This license costs $20.

    WYDOT will respond to your application by mail within 6 weeks. If you are granted the permit, it is valid for 60 days and must be held for 10 days before you can apply for the license.

    • The applicant must give a good reason why the license is needed (wanting to hit the mall doesn't count). You must illustrate the extreme difficulty placed on your household by not having the individual provide his or her own transport. The driving usually involves ranchers' or farmers' kids traveling to and from school or regular employment.
    • The candidate must reside more than five miles from the school or work they need to get to.
    • The license is only good between the hours of 5 a.m. and 8 p.m., and only in the confines of a 50-mile radius surrounding the individual's home.

    Getting caught even once outside of this loop will result in the revocation of the license. To apply for a restricted license, the child's parent fills out a Restricted Class "RC" or "RM" Driver's License (Form FSDL-708A) application, which includes the relevant verification forms.

    Lost Permit

    Don't sweat it. Lost license documents are a way of life. To obtain a new permit, visit any driver's license examination station. Bring two forms of identification and either cash or check to pay a $15 duplicate fee.

    Expired Permit

    Permits are valid for 1 year. Renew it by:

    • Visiting any examination station along with your legal parent or guardian.
    • Showing your expired permit.
    • Passing a vision test.
    • Paying a $15 renewal fee.

    Practice Test

    The written test features multiple-choice questions based on information contained in Wyoming's driver manual. Study the manual and you should have no problem acing the test. To get a sense of what to expect, DMV.org provides a sample practice test.

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