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The State of Arizona has a Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) Program that requires anyone under the age of 18, who has never had a driver’s license in any state, to first receive and complete requirements for a Learner’s Permit and Graduated/Provisional License before earning a full and unrestricted driver’s license. If you’re a teenager itching to get your foot on the gas and hit the open Arizona road, remember that preparing for your AZ permit test can take a little bit of time and effort. To make sure that you qualify from the very beginning. here’s what you’ll need to know to complete the process and get behind the wheel.

Meet the Qualifications

In Arizona you must be at least 15 and a half to qualify for your drivers permit and 16 for a license. You will also have to pay a $7 fee for your permit and a drivers license fee. In Arizona the fee is determined by age, those from 16-39 will pay $25, 40-44 will pay $20, 45-49 pay $15 and residents age 50 and above pay a $10 fee. Out of state licensed drivers can simply trade their license for an Arizona license by paying the fee and taking a vision test.

Study the Arizona Driver License Manual

Before you can take your Arizona permit test, you will need to have a basic knowledge of the driving rules and regulations in the state. You can get a copy of the manual online or from the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles. If you want to pass your written permit test on the first try, study these rules and regulations with a special focus on traffic safety.

Take an Arizona Practice Permit Test

If you’re nervous about your permit test and want to take a practice test to prove your knowledge and give you a boost of self-confidence, there are a variety of free online sources for practice questions and tests that you can easily find with your search engine. Make sure you have studied and acquainted yourself with the basic rules and regulations of driving in Arizona, first.

Apply for a Arizona Drivers Permit

If you meet the requirements and are ready to pass your permit test, you may go to the Arizona DMV to apply for a drivers permit and take an Arizona drivers permit test. You’ll need to bring two forms of identification if one has a photo, or three if none do. A copy of your birth certificate school ID, and social security card, passport, and copy of a utility bill are all valid for helping satisfy the ID requirement. A complete list of identification documents—more than 30 are accepted—.is available from the DMV. If you are under 18 you will also need to have your application signed by your parents, so don’t forget to bring them along too.

Take The Permit Test

To receive your permit you’ll need to pass a written knowledge test that will verify your understanding of traffic safety and basic driving principles.
Once you’ve passed your permit test and have your Learner’s Permit, you’ll need have it for 6 months and also either enroll in an Arizona driver’s education course or complete 30 hours of driving supervised by a licensed driver, to get your Graduated/Provision License. Plenty of time to practice!

It may seem like a lot to do before you can get behind the wheel whenever you want (and with whomever you want), but it goes quickly! You’ll soon be driving the highways and byways of The Grand Canyon State and doing it safely, and with full respect for other motorists and the traffic laws and regulations that help keep all Arizona drivers on the road.