This Step: Get a Drivers License
Get a Drivers License in Idaho
You can apply for an Idaho drivers license when you turn 15 once you complete:
- An approved driver training course
- The GDL Program’s Supervised Instruction Period (SIP)
For those older than 17, the above GDL requirements do not apply. You can begin the application process by taking the written knowledge test and a vision screening at an Idaho county sheriff’s office. See the list below of required documents and fees.
A) Ace a Few DMV Practice Permit Tests
Take multiple online practice permit tests before taking the actual 40-question Idaho written knowledge test. Sample test questions cover topics you’ll see on test day.
In addition to taking some practice tests, thoroughly study the Idaho Driver’s Manual. That way you will be prepared to pass the Idaho drivers license test with ease.
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Take the Written Drivers License Test
When you feel ready to pass the written test, head to an Idaho county sheriff’s office to also submit the following documents and fees:
- Proof if Idaho residency
- Proof of age and identity
- Acceptable legal-presence documents
- Social Security number
- Visual/medical certification (if required)
- Other state or foreign license (if applicable)
- Proof of driver training completion (if younger than 17)
- Liability signer (minors must have a birth parent or legal guardian with you to sign consent for you to be licensed)
- Proof of school enrollment or completion (if younger than 18)
- Proper fees
Of the 40 questions on the written knowledge test, you can only miss six to pass. Then you will get a receipt showing you paid the county portion of the skills test fee to the county for the road test. Once you feel prepared, you’ll take this test with a certified skills tester. However, if you fail the written exam, you have to wait three days to retest and also repay the test fees.
A) Make a Road Test Appointment
Your last hurdle before getting your Idaho drivers license is to pass a road test. Certified skills testers only give these by appointment, so inquire with the Idaho driver’s license office after passing the written test.
B) Take the Road Test
Bring the above documents to your road test just to be safe. You might not need them, but if any questions arise, you’ll be prepared. Also bring:
- Money to pay the skills tester portion of the fee directly to the tester
- Proof of insurance and current registration for the road test vehicle*
*You have to provide a vehicle for the skills test (driven by a licensed driver). If the vehicle doesn’t belong to you, you must also have authorization to use it. On top of that, be sure it is in good running condition and that it’s clean and safe to operate.
The skills test takes 30 minutes and consists of two parts: the pre-drive check and the driving test. For test specifics, consult the Idaho Driver’s Manual.
Skills Test Retakes
If you don’t pass the skills test, you have to wait three days before retesting. Get another receipt from the county and pay another skills test fee to the tester. Also note, you don’t have to retake the skills test with the same tester.
Get Your Idaho Driver's License
Once you pass the skills test, the tester will hand you a sealed envelope with your test results. Don’t open it or the county will not accept your test results.
Restricted Drivers License
Your drivers license comes with the a few restrictions. While you are 15 years old, you can only drive during daylight hours*. Once you turn 16, you are still only authorized to drive during daylight hours unless:
- Supervised by a validly licensed driver who is at least 21 years old
- The above-stated passenger is sitting in the front seat beside you
- No other passengers are in the front seat
*The state defines daylight hours as 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset.
Once you turn 17, you can graduate to a regular Class D drivers license. As long as you are between 15 and 17 years old (regardless of whether your license has restrictions), you will see a note on your vertical-format license that reads, “Under 18 until month/day/year.” This license will expire five days after your 18th birthday.
Class D Drivers License
For those 17 and older, you’ll receive a Class D drivers license after passing the road test. This allows you to operate non-commercial motor vehicles.
Until you turn 18, you’ll see the above-mentioned note on your vertical-format license. Once you turn 18, you’ll renew your license for one that states, “Under 21 until month/date/year.” Five days after your 21st birthday, this license will expire.