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Here we will explain everything you need to know about the United States driver's license application procedure. If you are an American citizen or resident, you will have to take into account the following points to be able to request your driving license, and thus, be able to legally drive through American territory as long as you respect the traffic regulations.

To begin with, you should know that the driver's license in the United States, unlike most other countries, is different in each state and there is not a single license for the entire country. That is, each state in the US has its own driver's license.

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You will need to comply with the following requirements:

  • - Being at least 14 years old. New drivers under the age of 18 will get a provisional license, which generally holds more restrictions than a regular license. Furthermore, restrictions will vary from one state to another, so it is important to ask about the specifics with the local administration.

  • - Having your Social Security number

  • - Having your passport, green card, or any proof that you are legally living in the United States

  • - Proof of address

  • - Passing the theoretical and practical driving tests, the medical check-up and the vision test

  • - Pay the exam application and license processing fee

  • * If you have one, you must present your foreign driving permit

You should go to the nearest Motor Vehicle and Driver License Office and provide all the documentation described above to start the process of applying for a driver's license.

Depending on the state or territory where you are, the agency responsible for driving licenses and other related procedures (such as vehicle registration and titles) will vary. If you want to find the one that corresponds to you, you can check the official site.


Keep in mind that in the United States driving rules are much stricter than in other countries and that, before receiving your driver's license, you will be subjected to different tests to verify your level of both road theory and driving theory. That is, you will be subjected to theoretical and practical tests. These tests will determine if you are eligible to receive your driver's license or not.

Although most of the theoretical questions are easy and in some cases even too obvious, it is recommended to study in advance the guide provided in the module where you are going to take the exam.

You should also know that each state has its own driving rules in addition to the "universal" ones, so it is recommended to inform yourself about the traffic laws of the state where you are going to take the test.


We strongly advise you to consider the following points:

  • - Arriving well prepared, that is, having thoroughly reviewed the condition of the car that you are going to use in the test: verify that the lights are on, that the tires are not worn, that the brakes are working correctly, etc.

  • - Before entering the car, you should check the tires and make sure that the person who is going to evaluate you realizes this.

  • - When entering the car, you should put on your seat belt.

  • - You should check and accommodate the rear view mirrors.

  • - Make sure your turn signals, blinkers and lights work correctly.


Here we mention the most important traffic rules that you should know to avoid being fined.

In the United States, the fines are usually high, so we assure you that you will want to be very well informed before going out on the streets in your vehicle.

  • - You must wear your seatbelt permanently.

  • - You should not use the cell phone, much less write text messages while driving.

  • - You should not be driving under the influence of alcohol or psychotropic substances. This fine is one of the highest, costing up to $ 50,000, in addition to leading to the definitive suspension of the license and even deportation in case of foreigners.

  • - You must respect the speed limits at all times (if it says maximum 20 mph, it is exactly 20 mph, not a little more). Most fines issued in the United States are usually for not respecting speed limits.

Something you should know is that security cameras abound on the streets of the United States, which are active 24 hours a day. Therefore, you should never make stops at unallowed places even for brief periods or ignore stop signs, since this can have serious consequences such as expensive infractions.


The price varies from $ 20 to $ 1,000, depending on the State where it is processed, the type of license, etc.


In the United States there are different types of driver's licenses, each with its own characteristics. The Departments of Motor Vehicles allow the processing of the following types of licenses:

  • - Classes A, B, and C: For drivers over 21 years old who want to drive commercial four-wheel motor vehicles, such as large trucks and buses

  • - Classes D and E: for drivers of non-commercial vehicles, such as cars and motorcycles

Remember you need an International Driving Permit to drive outside your home country.

Now that you have this information, do not wait any longer and go to process your new license or renew your driver's license, and prepare to freely explore the country with the tranquility provided by this important document.

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