This Step: Get a Drivers License
Get a Drivers License in Delaware
First-time drivers must hold their learner’s permit for a certain amount of time before being eligible to graduate to a DE drivers license. Mandatory supervision periods last:
- 16 to younger than 18―12 months
- 18 and older―at least 10 days after the permit issue date
Find Your Local DMV Office
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A) Take the Road Test
Contact the facility that issued your permit; this is where you’ll need to take your road test. You don’t need to make an appointment, but check to make sure that the particular DMV office administers road tests on the day you planning on heading over. To take the Class D test, you’ll need:
- Your learner’s permit
- Proof of auto insurance (for the road test vehicle*)
- The drivers license of the person who drove with you
*You must provide a properly registered vehicle in which to take the road test. If it’s been registered in DE, you must also show proof of liability insurance. Then an examiner will conduct a safety inspection before starting the road test.
Up until test day, you still have to stick to the permit restrictions. Therefore, have a licensed driver accompany you to the road test. This person must be older than 21 and should hang out until you finish the road test, just in case you don’t pass.
Road Test Retakes
If you bomb the road test, you must wait ten days to retest. For those drivers 18 and older, the state will grant you one extension of the learner's permit for an additional 60 days, if you don’t pass the road test within the original 60-day period. However, you must resubmit your application and a second smaller fee before the original permit expiration date. If you miss this deadline, you forfeit your full fee.
B) Get Your Delaware Driver's License
Graduate from Level One Learner’ Permit to Regular License
Your learner’s permit automatically converts to a Class D license once you complete a full 12 months of valid driving authority. Any time that your permit was suspended, revoked, canceled, denied, or surrendered does not count. That time will be added to the end of the original 12-month period.
Graduate from Temporary Permit to Regular Driver’s License
Once you pass your road test, the state will issue you a Delaware Class D license.