How to Get an Arizona Driver's Permit

Arizona is one of many states that participate in the graduated driver licensing program, which means that teenagers under the age of 18 must apply for a learner’s permit before they can receive a standard driver’s license. In order to obtain a driver’s permit, there are certain steps that must be followed. Here is a simple guide to getting an Arizona driver’s permit:

Learner’s permit program

There are three steps of Arizona’s graduated licensing program. First time drivers can earn a learner’s permit. A potential driver must be at least 15 years and six months old to apply for this permit. It will be valid for 12 months. While using this permit, a driver can operate a vehicle legally only when a licensed driver, at least 21 years of age, is seated in the front passenger seat.

After completing one year of practice with the learner’s license, Arizona drivers may move up to a restricted driver’s license. In order to move up to this level, an Arizona driver must have had at least 20 hours of supervised driving during the day, and at least ten hours of supervised driving during the night. Finally, a full license is earned upon turning 18 years of age.

In order to receive the driver’s permit, an applicant must pass a written exam and a vision test, pay a $7 learner’s permit fee, show the required documentation, and submit a driver’s license application (or a Form 40-5122).

Items to bring

When you arrive at the Arizona MVD to take a driver’s permit exam you must bring at least two of the following documents if one includes a picture, or at least three if none include a picture. Regardless of how many you provide, at least one must be from this primary list:

  • An original birth certificate issued by a U.S. state
  • A U.S. passport
  • A U.S. certificate of birth abroad
  • An Arizona-issued ID card
  • A tribal certificate for Native American drivers
  • A foreign passport with a U.S. visa
  • A permanent resident card, or “green card”
  • A U.S. Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship

  • The second and/or third form of identification may be one of the following items:

    • A social security card
    • A U.S. military dependent ID card
    • A medical insurance ID card
    • A credit card or bank card
    • A school ID with a photo
    • A certified letter of identification for a ward of the state

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 Arizona 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 Arizona driver’s permit.

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