Frequently Asked Questions - Oklahoma Teen Driver
- What must I do at the DPS office to get my permit/driver’s license?
- What restrictions come with my driver’s permit?
- What documents do I need to go to the DPS?
- What driver’s education is required?
- When can I get my driver’s license?
- What tests must I pass?
- What are the requirements to apply for my driving permit?
- What restrictions if any are there for new drivers?
Once applicants arrive at the DPS driver testing facility, they will fill out the application for the permit or license they are seeking and will present it, along with the documents required as proof of identity to the testing officer. They will then be permitted to take the required tests.
An interesting fact is that Oklahoma does not charge for applicants to take the knowledge or driver’s tests if they pass them, but only if a retest is necessary. Therefore, fees are not paid before the test, but after, and consist of a $4.00 application fee , a $21.50 fee for the permit or driver’s license, and a $4.00 retest fee, should a retest be necessary.
A learner’s permit allows a learning driver to:
• Drive when accompanied by a licensed driver who is 21 years old or older, between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
• Once I get my permit, what do I need to do before I can drive with my parents?
Anyone holding a valid learner’s permit may drive when accompanied by a parent or other validly licensed person over the age of 21, between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
Applicants will need proof of identity and residency when they apply for their learner’s permit or driver’s license. Two forms of identification are needed. Among those documents that may be used as a primary form of identification are the following:
A certified birth certificate
A U.S. passport
A state of Oklahoma issued identification card with a date of November 1, 2007 or later
Citizenship naturalization documents
Alien registration card
Among the forms that may be used for the secondary proof of identification are:
An affidavit signed by a parent or guardian (for those under 18)
A state issued identification card with a date earlier than November 1, 2007
An out of state driver’s license
Any primary proof of identification
A school issued photo identification card
A military identification card, or
A social security card
For a full list of acceptable forms of identification, please check the Oklahoma driver’s manual, or contact the Department of Public Safety.
• Applicants under the age of 18 must also bring one of the following:
Proof of current enrollment in a secondary or vocational-technical school, on a form provided by the school OR
Proof of an excused absence, as set out by the state in its legal code, on a form provided by the school OR
Proof of enrollment and satisfactory progress in any program that leads to completion of a High School Equivalency Certificate, such as the GED, OR
Proof of home schooling, OR
Proof of employment where applicant is working a minimum of 24 hours a week, OR
Proof of Completion of a GED, OR
A high school diploma
In addition, those under 18 must bring:
o A certificate from their school showing that they have successfully passed the eighth grade criterion-referenced reading test or an equivalent reading proficiency test AND
o Proof of completion of a driver’s education course.
Applicants who are seeking to take their driving test must also present proof of insurance, a statement of health from their doctor if they have any medical conditions that might affect their ability to drive, and their social security number.
Applicants should remember that all documents must be originals or certified copies; photocopies and notarized documents will not be accepted.
Oklahoma teens may begin taking driver’s education when they are at least 15 years old. Taking driver’s education from a certified instructor allows them to begin practicing their driving skills before they receive their learner’s permit as long as they are driving with their instructor. Driver’s education means that the course has been certified by the Department of Public Safety for either a public or private secondary school, a parent-taught driver education course so certified, or a commercial driver course.
Teens may apply for their intermediate license once they meet the following requirements:
• Must have turned 16
• Must have held their learner’s permit for a minimum of six months
• Must have completed a minimum of 50 hours behind-the-wheel training, of which 10 hours are at night. This training must be completed in the company of a licensed driver who is at least 21 and who has held a license for a minimum of two years
• Must have passed their driving test
All applicants for a learner’s permit must pass a vision test. Applicants who wear corrective lenses must wear them at all times when driving.
A written exam will test the applicant’s knowledge of state traffic laws, safe driving practices, local traffic laws and drug and alcohol laws. Studying the Oklahoma driver’s manual and taking practice tests, like those found at www.feedmvpracticetests.com, will help the applicant pass this exam. The written test may be given orally upon request, but an appointment may be necessary; those wishing to take this option should check with their local testing facility to determine whether an appointment must be made.
Prior to receiving a driver’s license, applicants must also pass a driving test, which will test the driver’s skill. Applicants should get as much practical experience as possible before attempting the road test, and must be at least 16 years old. A learner’s permit must be held at least six months before attempting the driving test.
The first step to getting a driver’s license in Oklahoma is applying for a learner’s permit. This is not difficult, but does require that applicants meet certain minimum standards. These requirements are that applicants:
• Must be at least 15 1/2 years old and have completed driver education or be in the process of taking driver education, OR Must be at least 16 years old
• Must pass a vision test
• Must pass a written knowledge exam
Oklahoma follows a graduated license program, with restrictions on licenses for those under 18 years of age. The intermediate license, available once teens have held their learner’s permit for at least six months, has the following restrictions:
o License holders may drive between 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. with the following exceptions:
For activities related to school, work or church
At any time when accompanied by a licensed driver who is 21 or older
o License holders may carry one passenger in the vehicle OR
Only people who live in the driver’s home OR
Any passenger when accompanied by a licensed driver who is 21 or older
Once a driver has held an intermediate license for at least six months (one year, if the driver has not had driver’s education classes), and if the driver has no traffic convictions on record, the license will convert to an unrestricted license. Unrestricted licenses have no restrictions on hours that the driver may operate a vehicle, nor on the number of passengers that the driver may transport.
Other drivers who may get an unrestricted license are those who are at least 18 years old, and who have passed all vision and driving exams.