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    Get a Drivers License in New Hampshire

    A) Gather Required Documents and New Hampshire License Fees

    When applying for your full driver's license, you must submit the following to the New Hampshire New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles:

    • 1 document as proof of positive ID (documents with your name, address and date of birth); Teens typically submit an original birth certificate plus one other form of legal identification (see the state site for more on acceptable documents
    • Proof of residence
    • Social Security number
    • A completed Application for Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card (Form DSMV450)
    • A completed Driver's Out-of-Class Log Sheet (Form DSMV 509)
    • Driver education certificate (if younger than 18 years old)
    • Parent or Guardian Authorization Certificate (Form DSMV 38) from your driver education instructor or the NH DMV (if younger than 18 years old)
    • Proper fees (check, money order, cash or credit card)
    • Proof of current registration and insurance for your road test vehicle*

    *You must also provide a driver test vehicle of the proper class for the type of license you are applying for. It must be legally registered and inspected in New Hampshire, and be in good running condition.

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    B) Take the Required Drivers License Tests

    With your required documents and fees in hand, head to a New Hampshire DMV office with a licensed driver who will drive your test vehicle for you to and from the testing site. Here you will be given:

    • A vision test; if you pass,
    • A multiple-choice knowledge test; if you pass
    • A road test appointment and your road test*

    If time permits, you might be able to take your road test the same day as your knowledge and vision tests.

    Road Test Retakes

    If you fail any part of the driver license test, the state will not administer any remaining portions. Instead, the division will schedule a retest at its convenience.

    C) Get Your New Hampshire Class D Operator License

    Once you pass all three parts of the driver license test, the state will issue you a digital driver license. You'll first receive a temporary license valid for 60 days that you can use until your permanent license arrives in the mail.

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