This Step: Get a Drivers License
Get a Drivers License in Idaho
You can apply for an Idaho drivers license when you turn 15 years old once you complete:
- An approved driver training course
- The GDL Program’s Supervised Instruction Period (SIP)
For those older than 17 years old, 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 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 years old)
- 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 years old)
- Proper fees
Once you pass the written test, 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.
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 about 30 minutes and consists of two parts: the pre-drive check and the driving test. For test specifics, consult the Idaho Driver’s Manual.
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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. If you are under 16 years old, you can only 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
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
Until you turn 18 years old, 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.” 5 days after your 21st birthday, this license will expire.