To get an Oklahoma driver’s license, you’ll need to be at least 16 years old, and be able to prove your identity and address. You can apply for your license by taking and passing a written test, a vision test, and a skills test.
Getting your driver’s license is an important milestone in life. The procedure for getting a driver’s license is different from state to state, and certain life circumstances can complicate the process.
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What are the requirements for a driver’s license in Oklahoma?
Drivers who are seeking a license in Oklahoma need to be at least 16 years of age before they can get one. To start the process, you’ll need to bring the following documents to the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS)
Proof of identification: this includes a birth certificate, unexpired passport, naturalization certificate, and others
Proof of residency: you need two forms of proof of residency, which can include mail delivered by USPS, W-2 or 1099, Oklahoma handgun license, and others
Social Security number: a Social Security card is good to have, but you just need to be able to recite your SSN
If you have a medical or physical condition that may affect your driving, your physician will be required to complete some paperwork. This does not apply to renewal applicants.
What are the requirements for young drivers?
It gets a little complicated for drivers under 18. You’ll need to be at least 15 years and six months of age and appear before a
Driver's License Examiner. You’ll then take a vision test and a written exam.
To get your learner’s permit, you’ll also need to bring:
A parent or guardian if under 18
The same documentation that is needed for licensure
Documentation of driving instruction if under the age of 16
Drivers under 18 must hold their permit for six months. Drivers over 18 need to hold their permit for 30 days before applying for a license.
What are the requirements for out-of-state drivers?
You can easily transfer your out-of-state license to the state of Oklahoma. You’ll need to bring the following to a Driver Exam Site:
Primary ID: usually a birth certificate, but other documents are accepted as well
Documentation of name change (if applicable)
If you’re a college student whose permanent address resides outside of Oklahoma, you don’t need to change your driver’s license. You also don’t need to switch your ID if you are a member of the military stationed in Oklahoma.
How to get a driver’s license in Oklahoma
For new drivers: take an approved driving course
If you’re under 16 in Oklahoma, you’ll need to complete a driving course from your public school, a commercial driving school, or have a parent-taught driver’s education affidavit.
If you are 16 or older, you do not need to take a driving course. However, if you are enrolled in such a course or have completed a course, bring the documentation to prove it.
You’ll need to pass a vision test to get your license. You need to have 20/60 vision in each eye with or without correction. If you are blind in one eye, the other eye needs 20/50 vision with or without correction. You also need to have 70 degrees of vision in the horizontal meridian between both eyes.
You’ll need to pass a written test to get your license. You can do this during your public school education course or with a commercial driving school, but you are also welcome to take the test for free at DPS.
The last element is the road test. To take this test, you will need to provide proof of automobile liability insurance and perform the test with an
approved designated examiner.
During this test, these are some of the maneuvers that will be expected from you:
Safely operating a vehicle in traffic
Following signs and signals
Communicating with drivers
Generally following the rules of the road
Your instructor will let you know how you performed immediately after the exam, and if you pass, you’ll be ready to pay the fee and get your license.
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