Apply for a License (Drivers 18+) in Idaho

COVID-19 Effects on Licensing Services

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Idaho DOT has issued a 90-day extension for all expiring licenses and ID cardsIf possible, residents should use the DMV's online services to complete any relevant transactions. Offices may also have restricted hours or be closed entirely. Follow the DOT's recent updates for the latest information.

SUMMARY: How to Apply for an Idaho Driver's License

Applying for an ID driver's license must be done in person at a DMV office. You will need to pass a vision, written, and driving test, and pay the required fees. You will also need to provide various documents to prove your identity, date of birth, ID residency, and lawful U.S. presence.

Continue reading to learn how to apply for your Idaho driver's license from the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

NOTE: If you are younger than 18 years old, you will need to fulfill additional requirements which can be found on our Applying for a Teen License page.

New to Idaho?

Just Moved?

Find all the information you need to finish your moving requirements with the DMV.

If you've moved to Idaho from another state, you have 90 days from when you become an ID resident to have your out-of-state driver's license converted.

Follow the instructions below to learn how to obtain an Idaho driver's license.

NOTE: You may need to surrender your out-of-state driver's license.

If you have a valid driver's license from Germany or Korea, your driving test will be waived as long as you surrender your card.

Types of ID Driver's Licenses

The Idaho DMV offers various types of driver's licenses depending on your age and vehicle you wish to drive:

How to Apply for an Idaho Driver's License

To apply for an Idaho driver's license, visit your local DMV office with:

  • Proof of your Idaho residence, such as your:
    • Rental agreement.
    • Utility bill.
    • School enrollment records.
  • Proof of your age and identity, such as your:
    • Birth certificate.
    • Passport.
    • Citizenship certificate.
  • Proof of your lawful presence in the U.S., such as your:
    • Foreign passport with valid visa and I-94 print out.
    • Permanent resident card.
    • Citizenship certificate.
  • Proof of your name change (if applicable), such as your:
    • Certified marriage certificate.
    • Court order.
    • Certified divorce documents.
  • Payment for the required fees.

For a complete list of required and accepted documents, please visit the Idaho DMV website.

You will need to:

  • Submit the above items.
  • Provide your Social Security number (SSN).
  • Pass the vision screening.
  • Pass the written knowledge test.
  • Pass the road skills test.
  • Have your photo taken.

Fees for a Driver's License in Idaho

The fee and length of validity of your ID driver's license will depend on your age:

  • 18 to 21 years old: $30 (valid for 3 years).
  • 20 years old: $15 (valid for 1 year).
  • 21 years old and older: $30 (valid for 4 years).
  • 21 to 62 years old: $55 (valid for 8 years).

You will also need to pay the following fees to take your DMV tests:

  • Written knowledge: $3.
  • Driving test: $28.50 paid to tester, $6.50 paid to county.

DMV Driver's License Tests

You will need to pass both a written knowledge and driving test before the ID DMV will issue you a driver's license.

Written Knowledge Test

Your written knowledge exam will consist of 40 questions about traffic laws, safe driving practices, and other related information found in the ID Driver Manual. To pass the test, you will only be allowed to get 6 questions wrong.

If you fail the exam, you will need to wait 3 days to take it again. You will need to pay the $3 fee again.

Pass On Your First Try!

To help you study for the written exam the DMV offers a basic online practice test. If you want to ensure passing on your first attempt we suggest trying a comprehensive online practice test from our certified partner.

Driving Test

You will need to make an appointment for your driving test. When you apply for your driver's license, ask the Idaho DMV for a list of certified testers near you.

You will need to bring the following with you to your exam:

  • A working registered vehicle.
  • Proof of auto insurance.

During your road test you will be required to demonstrate your ability to safely drive your vehicle and obey traffic laws. You will also be tested on your knowledge of the vehicle's equipment.

Some maneuvers you may be asked to perform include:

  • Changing lanes.
  • Driving on a freeway.
  • Starting and stopping.

You will fail your driving test if you:

  • Make too many errors.
  • Are involved in a collision (or near collision).
  • Drive dangerously.
  • Violate any traffic laws.

If you fail, you must wait 3 days before re-taking the test. You will need to pay the $28.50 fee and the $6.50 fee, every time you re-test.

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