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Get a Learner Permit in Missouri

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The state enlists a Graduated Driver License (GDL) program for first-time drivers who are 15 to 18 years old. To start the program and be allowed to legally practice driving on Missouri roads, you must obtain an MO instruction permit. You can apply as soon as you turn 15 years old and meet the following requirements.

A) Ace a Few DMV Practice Permit Tests

The state requires you to pass a vision, road sign and written test to earn an instruction permit. Before you apply, take multiple online practice permit tests. Sample test questions cover topics you’ll find on the actual Missouri road sign and written tests.

In addition to passing some practice tests, thoroughly study the Missouri Driver Guide until you feel prepared enough to breeze through the real Missouri instruction permit tests.

B) Gather Required Documents

Make sure you have the following before heading to a nearby Missouri State Highway Patrol examination office to take your vision, road sign and written tests.

  • Acceptable documents to verify your name, date of birth, place of birth, Social Security number and Missouri residential address (see the state site for full details on ID requirements)
  • Proper fees (listed in the Missouri Driver Guide mentioned above)

You must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or certified trainer with a federal residential job training program. This person must sign your application stating that he or she will provide you with at least 40 hours of behind-the-wheel driver training.

C) Take the Missouri Required Tests

With the above requirements in hand, go to the exam office to take your required tests. You must also present a Driver Examination Record (DOR-100), showing you successfully completed the required exams. Once you pass, you’ll receive an instruction permit valid for a maximum of 12 months.

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