Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls
  1. Home
  2. Articles
  3. How to Get an Alabama Driver's Permit

How to Get an Alabama Driver's Permit

How to Get an Alabama Driver

In order to legally drive on the roads of Alabama, anyone who lives in the state must have an Alabama driver’s license. There are two types of driver’s licenses in Alabama: a driver’s license, and a learner’s license, or permit. In order to get either, you must follow certain steps. Here is a simple guide to getting an Alabama driver’s permit or license:

Learner’s license

A learner’s license, or permit, is part of the Graduated Driver Licensing program in Alabama. This permit allows holders to drive under the supervision of a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old, and is sitting in the front seat next to you.

In most cases, the only citizens who must first have a learner’s license in Alabama are teens under the age of 18 who are still considered dependents. These are the specific age requirements for obtaining a learner’s permit:

  • A 15-year-old may obtain a learner’s permit if they are enrolled in a Driver’s Education or training program, and can successfully pass a written test administered by the Alabama DPS.

  • A 16-year-old may obtain a learner’s permit by successfully passing a written test administered by the Alabama DPS.

If a teen meets any of the following requirements, they do not need to obtain a learner’s license before obtaining a regular Alabama driver’s license:

  • At least 18 years old
  • At least 17 years old, and has held a valid driver’s license for six months
  • At least 16 years old, and is married and considered the head of household
  • Has been legally declared an adult by the state of Alabama

Items to bring

When you arrive at the Alabama DPS to take a driver’s license exam, you must bring certain documents with you. If you are 16 years old or older, you must bring the following items in order to apply for a driver’s permit in Alabama:

Two forms of identification, including one with a photograph. One must be one of the following items:

  • Certified U.S. birth certificate
  • U.S. passport
  • Alabama identification card
  • Certificate of naturalization or of citizenship
  • Resident alien card
  • Valid foreign passport with U.S immigration documentation
  • A social security card.
  • Proof of graduation or a school enrollment form.
  • A $5 testing fee and a $36.25 license fee.

If you are 15 years old, you must bring the following items in order to apply for a driver’s permit in Alabama:

  • A certified U.S. Birth Certificate
  • A social security card
  • Proof of school enrollment or graduation
  • A $5 testing fee, and a $36.25 license fee

Passing the exam

The driver’s permit test is made up of questions about the state-specific traffic laws, safe driving rules, and road signs. The Alabama Driver License Manual covers all the information that a student needs in order to pass the exam. In order to get extra practice, there is an online practice test available

Students will also be required to pass a vision screening at this time. Passing these steps will earn a student their Alabama driver’s permit.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.


More related articles

How Long Does a Fuel Filler Neck Last?
Getting gas from the pump to your gas tank is the only way to keep a car going. The fuel filler neck is a metal tube that is welded to the...
Veteran and Military Driver Laws and Benefits in New Mexico
The state of New Mexico offers a number of benefits and perks for those Americans who have either served in an Armed Forces branch...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...

Related questions

Q: I need some answers in order to get my permit. please help

Hello. Let's get these questions answered for you. All vehicles should be serviced per the manufacturers maintenance schedule. The owners manual contains this schedule that is set up to best maintain the service of any vehicle. There is no...