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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending the REAL ID full enforcement date by 19 months, from October 1, 2021 to May 3, 2023, due to circumstances resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Applying for an original driver license (for those over the age of 18)

To apply for an original driver license, you must appear before a Driver License Examiner at one of the locations listed here

You must bring:

  • Documentation - for a complete list of acceptable documents click here.
  • If you are taking a driving test, you will need valid and current proof of automobile liability insurance.

You will be administered:

  1. A vision test
  2. A written test
  3. A skills test (driving test)

NOTE: If you make an online appointment for the vision and written test you must make a separate appointment for the Skills (driving test). Anyone who has completed a driver education course from a public, private or parochial school or a commercial driver education school may choose to take their driving skills test from one of these designated examiners for a fee or you may still take your test from DPS at no charge.

Click here to see a full list of approved designated examiners.

NOTE: If you feel you are not ready for the skills test, you can get a Learner Permit after completing the vision test and written test. This will allow you to practice driving under the condition that a licensed operator who is age 21 or older, and who has had a license for at least two years, is in the front seat beside you.

If you are age 18 or older and you get a Learner Permit, you cannot take the skills test until a 30-day waiting period has passed.






Last Modified on May 28, 2021
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