Select a State to Begin
All States require drivers to have a proper driver’s license in order to operate a motor vehicle on any of the state’s public roads. The most common type of driver’s license allows you to drive all types of motor vehicles except motorcycles, large trucks, buses and vehicles hauling hazardous materials. The requirements for each of these licenses are unique in some regards. Be sure to read your state DMV site to understand what license you would like to apply for.
If you are interested in obtaining a driver’s license and are younger than 18 years old, the process begins when you apply for a learner’s permit. Each state handles the age and process of learners permit differently so be sure to check your state’s DMV site. Generally, a learner’s permit is only given after a driving class has been taken and a DMV written test has been passed.
Most states then require you to hold the learner’s permit for a specified amount of time before you can take the driver’s test. Some states then require the license holder to follow certain guidelines such as who and how many people can be in the vehicle with you at one time and possible curfew times.
The Adult Driver Application Process
Most states do not require the same learner’s permit requirement as an adult however you are still required to pass a written test, vision test, and a road skills test. You may also be required to take a driver’s safety class with a required number of hours prior to the taking the exams. At the DMV, you may be asked to show proof of residency as well so be sure to check the documentation requirements prior to going to the DMV.
Relocating Driver’s License
If you are new to a state, you will need to follow the application steps listed on the DMV state website. Generally, the state requires you to surrender your previous license to the DMV within 30 days of your arrival. All of the same licensing documentation is required, and you will also need to show that your vehicle is registered in the state. Proof of car insurance showing your new address in the state is often also required. Typically, the written and road skills tests are not required for this type of application but be sure to check the DMV site.
While the thought of applying for a new driver’s license in Nebraska can seem intimidating, you can see that it is a straightforward process regardless of the type of license that you are interested in obtaining. Now that you know more about what it takes to obtain a license, you can begin taking the necessary steps to become a licensed driver.