This Step: Get a Drivers License
Get a Drivers License in Washington DC
You must hold your learner's permit, regardless of age, for a minimum of 6 months without any pointable traffic offenses before you can apply for a provisional license.
Make Sure You're Eligible to Get a Provisional License
To qualify, you must:
- Be at least 16 1/2 years old.
- Have held your learner's permit for a minimum of 6 months, without any point-producing traffic convictions
- Have logged 40 hours of supervised driving
- Pass the road test
A) Make an Appointment
You must make a road test appointment with Washington DC's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This can be done either online or by calling (202) 737-4404.
When making the appointment, you'll need to provide your:
- Learner's permit number
- Full name
- Date of birth
- Social Security number
- Road test date
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B) Take the Road Test
Arrive at the test site at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment with:
- Your learner permit
- A completed Certification of Eligibility for Provisional License (Form DMV-GRAD-HR40), certifying you have had at least 40 hours of supervised driving with a licensed driver 21 years old or older. A photocopy of the supervising driver's license must accompany this form
- A licensed driver who is at least 21 years old
- *A properly insured and registered vehicle with verification documents (copies not accepted)
*Note: The vehicle must function properly and safely. This includes working brake lights, turn signals and car horn. You may, if necessary, use a rental car for the road skills test, provided you are listed on the rental agreement as the approved driver.
Road Test Retakes
If you fail, you must wait at least 72 hours before attempt it again. If you fail 6 times within 1 year, you must wait 1 year from the date of the first failed test before trying again.
C) Get Your Washington DC Driver's License
Passing the road test will earn you a provisional license. While holding this license you must adhere to the following restrictions:
- You may drive with 1 passenger in the front seat who is at least 21 years old and licensed to drive, and with any other passenger who is your parent, brother or sister.
- Drive only during the allowed hours
NOTE: You may drive alone during restricted hours if you're driving to and from work, a school sponsored activity such as a play or athletic event, a religious function, or some sort of a training session sponsored by the District of Columbia or a civic organization.
Full License With Conditions
To qualify you must:
- Be at least 17 years old
- Have held a provisional driver's license for at least 6 months
- Have maintained a point-free driving record for at least 12 months
- Provide a completed Certification of Eligibility for Full License With Conditions (Form DMV-GRAD-HR10), verifying you received a minimum of 10 hours of supervised night driving with a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old
The following restrictions only apply to full license holders under 18 years old:
- You cannot drive with more than 2 passengers under 21 years old (siblings are exempt)
- You cannot operate any other vehicle other than a passenger car or a motorized bicycle
- No driving during restricted hours.