If you are between 16 and 17 and hold a learner license (permit), you may go to stage two of Graduated Driver License Program and apply for a restricted (provisional) license.
Tip! If you took part in the Private High School Driver and Traffic Safety Education program at your high school and passed a road skills examination there, your driving test at the Driving License Office can be waived. Once you turn 16 and have held a learner’s license for 6 months you may take the DPS/SDE certificate, along with your learner’s license to the Driver License office and get your provisional license.
Alternatively, you can hold it till your 18th birthday whichever comes first. If you have a comparable learner license from another state, the rules are the same.
You must have a verification form provided by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), signed by a parent, grandparent, legal guardian or certified driving instructor verifying that you have completed a minimum of 50 hours of behind-the-wheel practice. Otherwise, submit a completion form supplied by the State Department of Education (SDE) verifying that you have completed a SDE-approved driver education course.
Your parent, grandparent or legal guardian should sign the permission form that allows you to drive without supervision.
If you are younger than 17, the presence of your parent or legal guardian is required.
Be prepared to show proof of car insurance to the examiner.
If you pass, the examiner will issue your temporary license. You will receive your permanent license by mail within thirty days. If you fail the test, you can reschedule for a later date.
Your new license will be valid for the remainder of a 4-year period and is of no cost to you if you had a learner license.
Provisional License Restrictions
You may not have more than one passenger in the vehicle other than parents, legal guardians or family members, you must not use any handheld communication devices.
You may not drive between midnight and 6 a.m. except in the following situations:
Once you reach age 17, visit your local DPS office to get an unrestricted license. Before doing so, you must have held your provisional license for at least 6 months.
To be able to apply for a regular driver license you must be 17 or older. If you are 17 you must have a restricted license for at least six months before applying for a regular one. If you satisfy these requirements, visit your local Driver License Office and exchange your restricted driver license for a restriction-free license. Pay the fee of $ 31.25.
Tip! You may also apply for a regular driving license if you 16 provided that you are married and become the head of a household.
If you are 18 and older and never held a provisional license, you may apply immediately for your adult license.
Alternatively you can provide Medicare/Medicaid identification card (if your SSN is followed by the letter "A") , U.S. military form DD 214, or W2 tax form.
This exam is going to test your ability to operate a vehicle under traffic conditions.
You can take the test at a Driver License Office or through the Third-Party Testing Program if available at your high school. Driving license offices welcome walk-ins, but some offices allow you to schedule your appointment online at least 48 hours prior to your preferred date or schedule by phone. To locate a nearby office, use this map.
You must bring a vehicle with proof of current insurance and a licensed driver older that 21 years of age.
No passengers or pets are permitted in the vehicle during the road test. Loose items like cameras or radios should not be in the car during the road test.
Your examiner will check your vehicle. It must be in safe operating condition and have the following:
You may be asked to demonstrate the location and usage of the following vehicle controls:
You should be able to show the following maneuvers:
Tip! Don't get distracted by what the examiner is writing during the test. The examiner's job is to mark your techniques as "acceptable" or "needs training", that is why the process of writing does not indicate you are receiving all bad marks.
You will fail immediately for ANY of the following errors:
In Alabama you don't have to transfer the license if
Please note: You will have to take a driving exam (the fee is $5.00) if your out-of-state license expired more than one year ago.
Please bring the following:
Please note: You will have to take a driving exam (the fee is $5.00) if your foreign license expired more than one year ago.
You will be issued a temporary license, your permanent license will arrive by mail within 30 days. If you do not receive your license in 30 days, call the driver license division at 334-242-4400