How to Get your Driver's License
The Steps to Get a Driver's License:
In order to get a driver’s license, you will need to prove who you are. Most states require you to provide them with a certified birth certificate and social security card. Copies of these I.D. records will not work; you must provide original or certified documents.
Note: In many cases, you can get a State I.D. after you get your birth certificate.
Every state requires you to take two tests:
- Knowledge test
- Driving test
Before you take the knowledge test, you will want to study the Driver’s Training Manual, which can be picked up at the local license agency in your area. This manual will discuss basic driving laws and restrictions.
Once you have studied and feel confident that you understand the booklet, you can go to your local license testing agency, and take your knowledge test. If you pass the knowledge test, you will be issued a temporary driver’s license.
If you are under 21 years of age and live in the state of Ohio, you have to practice driving with someone who is 21 years or older.
Note: It is against the law to drive by yourself until you pass the driver’s test.
Things to take with you to the BMV/DMV:
- Certified Birth Certificate
- Social Security Card
- Proof of address (Utility Bills, Change of Address from the Postal Office)
If you do not have a social security number, meaning you have never had a social security number issued, you will need to call the licensing agency, and make sure you can apply for your driver’s licenses without a number.
In order to take the driving test, it is best to have someone, who has been driving for a while, to help you understand driving laws and techniques. In some states, you will have to take a maneuverability test as well; this test is done to make sure you can parallel park. In the driver’s training manual, you will find a diagram of this test. An example of this test is also listed below. This example is taken from the state of Ohio:
Once you pass the maneuverability test and driving test, you may get your driver’s license. Keep in mind that driving is a privilege. Following the driving laws for the state in which you live in is important. Failure to follow the driving laws can result in fines and jail time.
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