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    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:

    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 2 years.

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