This Step: Get a Learner Permit
Get a Learner Permit in Washington DC
If you’re a teen looking to drive, you must follow the Washington DC’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Gradual Rearing of Adult Drivers (GRAD) program. This step-by-step program applies to all new drivers ages 16 to 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:
- Proof of name and date of birth
- Proof of DC residency
- Your Social Security number
- A completed Notarized Parental Consent form along with a copy of your parent’s or legal guardian’s driver license or Washington ID card
- A completed Driver License Application
- Cash, money order or credit card (Visa, Discover, MasterCard) to cover the fees:
- Knowledge Test: $10
- Learner Permit: $20
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.