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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending the REAL ID full enforcement date by 19 months, from October 1, 2021 to May 3, 2023, due to circumstances resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Commercial driver licenses (CDLs), commercial learner permits (CLPs), and medical certificates have been extended by FMCSA until May 31, 2021, as long as they were not expired prior to March 1st, 2020.

Applying for a Learner Permit

To apply for a Learner Permit, the applicant must be at least 15 1/2 years of age. Applicant must appear before a Driver License Examiner. Click here to make an appointment. The examiner will process the applicant and administer a vision and written exam. If the applicant is paying with a credit card, the permit can be printed at the DPS location. If the applicant is paying with cash or money order, the examiner will issue a form that is taken to a tag agency where they will pay the fee and get the permit printed.

The applicant must bring in the following:
  1. Click here for a complete document list.

  2. If you are under the age of 18 you must have a Parent or Legal Guardian present.
     
  3. If you are between the age of 15 1/2 and 16 you must bring documentation showing that you are receiving instruction in a driver's education course (i.e., certificate or green card from public school driver's ed) or a contract for driver's education from a commercial school or a parent-taught driver's education affidavit. Driver Education is not required if you are over the age of 16, however if you are taking or have completed Driver Education bring in the documentation. Click here for information about Parent Taught Driver Education.

If you are under the age of 18, you must have a permit for 6 months from the issue date. Anyone over 18 who gets a permit must hold it for 30 days minimum.

 

 

 

 

 

Last Modified on May 17, 2021
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