If you are interested in obtaining a driver’s license in Arizona, you must follow very specific steps in order to comply with the strict licensing process and specifications. Be aware that there are different steps required for applicants who are younger than 18 years old versus older than 18 years old. If you are a younger applicant, you typically will need to apply for a learners permit as a first step. The permit is available to you through the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division. Before you rush to your closest MVD office to apply, a closer look at the three stages in the licensing process is helpful.
The Instructional or Learners Permit
In order to apply at your local MVD office for a learning permit, you must be at least 15 years and six months old. Proof of your age, citizenship and identity are all required during the application process, and you must have written permission from a parent or guardian. You can review a full list of acceptable documentation before your visit. When you arrive at the MVD office, you must pay a nominal fee and pass a vision and written test before you can obtain a permit. The written test has 30 multiple choice questions, and you can take it multiple times as needed. After you obtain your learners permit, you should actively prepare for the next level of licensing. In order to obtain a graduated restricted license, you will need to show proof that you have completed educational and instructional requirements. These requirements can take several weeks or months to complete, so you should begin preparing to satisfy the requirements as soon as possible.
The Provisional or Graduated Restricted License
Be aware that a learner’s permit in Arizona only remains valid for a year, and it only permits you to drive when a licensed driver who is at leas 21 years old is in the front passenger seat. To satisfy the educational prerequisites for a graduated restricted license, you need to take an approved driver’s education course with supervised driving practice on the road. There are multiple educational configurations available to you. After you have completed these educational components, you may apply for a graduated restricted license when you are between 16 and 18 years old and when you have been driving for at least six months with a learner’s permit. An additional fee and a parent’s or guardian’s permission are also required.
An Unrestricted License
A graduated restricted driver’s license can be upgraded to an unrestricted license as soon as you reach the age of 18 years old. There is an additional fee, and you will need to meet all licensing requirements. Be aware that there is a behind-the-wheel driving test requirement to obtain an unrestricted license. This license will remain valid until you are 65 years old, but you will need to renew your license every 12 years. This includes getting a new photo taken and passing a written driving test.
You can see that there is a lengthy process associated with preparing an unlicensed teen to ultimately be a skilled driver with an unrestricted license. The first step to take is to apply for a learners permit. Now that you are familiar with what it takes to get a learner’s permit and what the restrictions are, you can make plans to head to your local MVD office soon to obtain a permit. Remember to pay attention to the rules for the next levels of requirements as well so that you can walk through the entire licensing process with minimal hassle and stress.