Arizona Permit Requirements

It is helpful to know requirements when applying for your Arizona driving learner permit with Motor Vehicle Division.  Make sure you have the met the MVD requirements and that you have the required documents ready.

The first type of license that teen drivers can receive in Arizona is a graduated instruction permit. You must be at least 15 years and 6 months old to apply for this permit. The graduated instruction permit is designed to keep teen drivers safe while they learn the basics of driving. You must have a licensed adult who is at least 21 years old in the front seat with you at all times when you are operating the vehicle.

In order to receive your permit you will need to bring the following when applying for your permit or Arizona driver's license:

  • Primary ID: Birth certificate, passport or Arizona ID Card that includes your date of birth
  • Secondary ID: Social security card or School ID

After presenting the required documentation, you must then pass a vision test as well as pay $7 fee for instruction permit or $25 fee for license.  

You will then take a written test. The written test consists of 30 multiple choice questions. All of the information necessary for the test, including vehicle safety, road signs and rules of the road, is covered in the Arizona Driver License Manual. A score of at least 80 percent is required to pass the written exam.

After you have held an Arizona instruction permit for at least 6 months, you can apply for a Graduated Driver License (Class G). In addition, you must have completed a state-approved driver's education course and have written certification from your parent or guardian stating that you have completed at least 30 hours of practice behind the wheel. Ten of these hours should be completed at night.

This license is available for drivers between 16 and 18 years old, and there are several restrictions with a Class G license. No driving is allowed between the hours of 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. for the first six months unless you are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian in the front seat.  Exceptions can be made for certain school, religious, work and other activities. Additionally, you cannot drive with more than one other person under the age of 18 unless your parent or guardian is present.  This restriction does not apply to siblings.

The first six months after you receive your graduated license are very important. If you do not have your driving privileges suspended or have your restrictive period extended, the restrictions will disappear after six months. You can then continue to drive without restriction until you apply for your full Class D license after you turn 18.