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Get a Learner Permit in Washington DC

DC Get a Learner Permit

If you’re a teen looking to drive, you must follow Washington DC’s Department of Motor Vehicle's (DMV) Gradual Rearing of Adult Drivers (GRAD) program. This step-by-step program applies to all new drivers ages 16 through 21 years old, beginning with the learner's permit.

A) Ace a Few DMV Practice Permit Tests

All questions are based on information (road sign identification, turning in intersections, night driving...) contained in Washington DC’s Driver Manual ― your prime study source. If you can't download the manual, you can grab a free copy from a DMV office location.

B) Gather the Appropriate Documents and License Fees

On the day of your learner's permit test, you’ll need to bring the following:

C) Take the Washington DC Learner Exam

Visit any District of Columbia DMV office to take the learner's permit exam. No appointment necessary. The DMV administers the test on a walk-in basis only.

You must pass a vision test and written test. Ace both exams and you'll leave with a learner's permit, valid for 1 year.

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