The process of getting your learner’s permit is your first step towards gaining the kind of freedom that having a driver’s license brings. Most states make learner’s permits mandatory if you’re under a certain age, and some states even make it mandatory no matter what age you are.
The Steps Involved
It is important to understand the steps involved in obtaining a drivers license, before you even get your learner’s permit. Knowing these steps will help you to create goals and milestones along the way. And understanding them allows you to set the right expectations for yourself.
You need to start out by studying the official driver’s handbook for your state, and then taking the practice tests. This is an easy step, so be sure to study so that you can actually pass the learner’s permit test, which happens to be the next step.
Once you’ve tasted the sweet victory of passing the learner’s permit test you will have the ability to drive a car, under specific conditions that usually involve an older or more experienced driver’s supervision. This is also the point at which you take a Driver’s Ed class where a professional practices driving with you. You may also be able to skip driver’s ed depending on the state you are in and your age.
When you’re ready, and have logged the required number of supervised practice time behind the wheel of a car, you can take the driving test. Once you pass that you can drive with restrictions until you reach your state’s noted age, after which you can drive with no restrictions.
Learner’s Permit Tips
First things first, understand that you will have to pay a fee to take the test and that the fee will vary from state-to-state. It is suggested that you try to make an appointment, as most states will allow, rather than just walking in.
You will quickly find out that most DMV locations are very busy and backed up with people. Very few states will allow you to take the test online but do check to see if yours does as this is much easier than having to go in for an appointment.
The test IS timed. Yes, this is a timed exam unfortunately. The time alloted depends on your state and I think that it can range from 20 minutes to an hour or more. The number of questions on the test also varies. Each state has its own laws when it comes to permits and licensing.
Lastly, if you fail, you will be able to take the test again. Don’t get discouraged or embarrassed if you fail. You won’t be the first or the last person to do so. Just take more time studying the next time around.
Be sure to follow all the restrictions and requirements for driving with a learner’s permit. Because the last thing you want to do is to have the permit suspended, pay fines and penalties, or have points added to your driving record among other things.