When applying for an Oklahoma driver permit with Department of Public Safety, it is important to know the permit prerequisites. Make sure you have the met the DPS requirements and that you have the necessary documents ready.
Obtaining a driving permit is an exciting event for a young driver. The driving permit is the first step in being a fully licensed driver under the Oklahoma graduated driver's license system.
Requirements for Obtaining a Oklahoma Permit
Before obtaining a driving learner's permit, you must be at least 15 ½ years old, and pass the written permit test. You must also be either enrolled in a driver education course, or have completed driver's ed. You may take drivers ed at age 15, but you may not obtain the permit until you are 15 ½ years old. You can also wait until age 16 to obtain your permit if you decide not to take driver's ed.
Oklahoma Permit Documentation and Fee Requirements
For those under the age of 18, these are the main documentation requirements, according to the Oklahoma Department of Motor Vehicles:
- Primary form of identification - can be a U.S. passport, birth certificate or naturalization certificate.
- Secondary form of identification – can be a social security card, health insurance card, employer ID or any other legally valid form of ID.
- Social Security Number
- Proof of enrollment in school and documentation proving reading ability to an 8th grade level.
- Applicants under 16 must show proof of enrollment in an approved driver education course.
- Applicants under 18 must have a parent or guardian present to sign the application.
Those over the age of 18 only need to supply a primary ID, secondary ID and social security number.
In addition to presenting the proper documentation, you must also pay fees to cover the costs associated with processing. In order to obtain an Oklahoma driving permit there is a $21.50 fee for the permit, and a $4.00 application fee. If a retest is necessary, an additional $4 fee applied.
Obtaining the Oklahoma Driver License
Permit applicants must take a written knowledge test. In order to pass the permit test, you must get 20 out of 25 questions correct. You must also pass a vision test to prove your competence in operating a motor vehicle.
Oklahoma Permit Restrictions and Graduated Driver's License
With a learner's permit, individuals may only drive when someone over the age of 21 is seated in the front passenger seat. Permit holders also must complete 50 hours of mandatory behind-the-wheel practice with a driver over the age of 21, with at least 10 of those hours after dark. The practice hours should be documented here. http://www.dps.state.ok.us/dls/pub/50HD.pdf
After holding the learner's permit for six months, the driver is eligible for an intermediate license. This also requires completion of the required practice hours, and passing the driving skills test. The intermediate license holders may only drive between the hours of 5 a.m. and 10 p.m., and only carry 1 non-family passenger under the age of 21.
After holding the restricted intermediate license for six months with no traffic convictions, the driver is eligible for an unrestricted license.