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Get a Drivers License in Missouri

Teens 16 years old and older must obtain an intermediate license before earning a full Missouri license. Before applying, be sure you have:

  • Held your MO instruction permit for at least 182 days beginning the day after its issuance
  • No alcohol convictions in the last 12 months
  • No traffic convictions in the last 6 months

Once all that is in check, you must take a road test and submit the following requirements to land an intermediate license.

A) Make a Road Test Appointment with the MO State Highway Patrol

Although appointments are not required to take the driving skills test, inquire with your nearby State Highway Patrol (MSHP) office about making one. Otherwise, personnel availability and the volume of test applicants could have you waiting longer than you’d like on test day.

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B) Gather Required Documents and Missouri License Fees

When applying for your Missouri driver’s license, you must submit the following to the MSHP’s Driver Examination Division.

You must also provide a road test vehicle with current license plates and a valid inspection sticker. Before your road test begins, a driver license examiner of the State Highway Patrol will ensure it’s in safe working condition.

A “qualified person” or grandparent must accompany you to the license office and sign your application stating you’ve received at least 40 hours of behind-the-wheel driver training. The state defines a qualified person as a parent, legal guardian or certified trainer with a federal residential job training program.

C) Take the Road Test

With your required documents and fees in hand, head to a Missouri license office with your qualified person or grandparent. If it has been more than 1 year since you passed the vision, road sign and written tests, you must retake these in addition to taking the driving skills exam.

Road Test Retakes

If you fail the driving skills test, you have the option to retest. The state will allow you to take one road test per day. If you can’t pass after three tries, you must take additional beind-the-wheel driver training and obtain written authorization from the Department of Revenue. You must also send proof of completion before the state will administer another road test.

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Intermediate License

Once you pass the road test and meet all other requirements, you’ll receive an intermediate license. Any time you drive you must abide by these restrictions:

  • You must keep your intermediate license on you any time you get behind the wheel; your test paper will not suffice
  • You and all passengers must wear seat belts
  • You may not drive alone between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., unless you are going to and from a school activity, job or an emergency; this restriction does not apply if you are accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old
  • For the first 6 months, you may not drive with more than 1 passenger who is younger than 19 years old and not a member of your immediate family*
  • After the first 6 months, you may not drive with more than 3 passengers who are younger than 19 years old and not members of your immediate family

*Members of your immediate family include parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, stepbrothers, stepsisters and adopted or foster children residing in your household. A parent can be a foster parent, stepparent or adoptive parent. A grandparent can be a foster grandparent, step grandparent or adoptive grandparent.

Once you’re ready to graduate to a Full Under-21 Driver License, you must meet the following requirements when you apply:

  • You must be 18 years old
  • You must have a valid intermediate license
  • Your driving privilege cannot be suspended, revoked or denied
  • You may not have any alcohol-related offenses or traffic convictions within the last 12 months

Full Driver License―Younger than 21 Years Old

All applicants must pass the vision, road sign, written and driving tests to obtain a full Missouri drivers license. If you already passed each of these, there’s no need to retake them when it comes time to get your full license.

When you pass all tests and satisfy all requirements of the intermediate license, the Department of Revenue will issue you a full license identifying you as a minor.

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