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How to Get Your Driver's Permit at Age 16

Learn the Rules


Contact the motor vehicles division in the state where you live either in person, by phone or online, and determine the specific requirements that you'll have to meet in order to get a driver's license. For example, if you live in Ohio and are 15 ½ years old, you can get a temporary permit to drive with a parent or instructor. When you are 16, you can get a probationary license if you have completed the required driver's training. Age requirements may vary depending on the laws of the state where you live.


Get a driver's education manual from the motor vehicles division of the state you live in and complete a driver's education class. Some high schools provide these to their students; you can also contact an accredited driver's school in your home town. The manual may include topics such as "Signs, Signals and Pavement Markings," "Motor Vehicle Laws," and "Everyday Driving Skills."


Study the material for the written test and practice your driving skills. You can practice driving if you're accompanied by a licensed adult driver.


Set up a time at your local DMV office to take written and vision tests. You will also have to answer questions about your physical health. A test examiner may require you to provide doctor's information on your medical condition, if you have one.

The Driver's Tests


Take the written test, which may be administered in one or more parts. These exams may include questions about traffic signs and lights, pedestrian rights, road responsibilities, and how to drive in snow.


Schedule a road test. You'll need to have your driver's education certificate and provide your own vehicle in which to take the test, and it must be insured. The road test includes driving tasks such as stopping and starting, backing up, and maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles. The maneuverability portion covers driving around obstacles and parallel parking.


Apply for a driver's license. Take your approved examination form to a deputy registrar and pay the required fees.

Tips and Warnings

  • If you're in the midst of training while moving to different state, in some cases, driver's training will transfer to your new state of residence if the requirements are the same. Check with the DMV in your new state of residence for more information. Graduated licensing is the law in some states, which allows young drivers to improve their skills and driving habits.

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