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Getting on the Road: A Guide to Getting Your Driver's License

One of the Most Anticipated Milestones a Teen Can Reach Is the Privilege of Getting Behind the Wheel!

Some can't wait to get on the road and start driving, while others might wait years until they are ready to get their license.

A person should not be forced to start driving just because they have reached a certain age. Once a person is ready to start driving there is a specific set of milestones to get there.

Graduated Instruction Permit

Freedom on the highway comes with responsibility, and that begins with the first steps you take to getting a learners permit called a Graduated Instruction Permit.

The first step is studying the Drivers License Manual.

Once a prospective driver reaches the age of 15 years and six months, he or she is eligible to apply for a Graduated Instruction Permit (Class G).

Several identification steps are needed to begin the process:

  • Social Security Number- this is required by law and is necessary to verify your identity and comply with federal and state child support enforcement laws. It will NOT be used as your permit, license, or ID card number.

  • At LEAST two additional forms of ID, one of which MUST have a clear photo of the applicant or three forms if none have a photo.

  • Of these forms of ID, one must be considered a PRIMARY form of ID. These include US Passport, AZ ID card, or birth certificate. REMEMBER: A birth certificate is issued by a government agency and will contain a seal or stamp form that agency. Most birth certificates issued by hospitals, with the little feet prints, are ONLY SOUVENIRS, great for scrap books, not so great to prove ID.

  • Secondary forms of ID include: bank/credit cards, W-2 forms, employee ID (w/ photo), school ID (w/ photo), or Social Security Card.

  • If applicant’s current legal name is different from the primary document, proof of name change must be shown, such as a court document.

  • If the applicant is under 18, a parent or guardian signature (notarized) is required. In the case of guardianship or shared custody, more than one guardian MAY have to sign. Information detailing this is available on the application.

  • An eye test will be administered, so if vision is in question, please visit your eye care specialist BEFORE coming in for your test. If the applicant fails the eye test, applicant will not be allowed to proceed until vision is te