Arizona Department of Transportation wants to make the process for you to get your state issued driver’s license as painless as possible. that is why they outline the rules for obtaining a driver’s license or learner’s permit succinctly on their web site.

Everyone has been there (well most of us anyway.) The excitement building to a crescendo in the weeks or months leading up to our birthday (15 yrs and six months for an Arizona learner’s permit) can be almost overwhelming. We study the driver’s manual, memorize street signs and road rules; do everything in our power to be as ready humanly possible so we can pass the test in one go.

But where do we go from there? How do we get the process started? Often first time drivers, while busily learning how to drive and preparing for the test have forgotten to answer those simple questions. Fortunately, ADOT has those answers, plus a whole list of the identifying documents you will also need (bet you didn’t even think about need identifying documents, did you?)

You must visit an MVD office to complete an application, have a photo taken and pass a vision screening. Begin your application online. If you need to print one, see Driver License/Identification Card Application.

If you are currently licensed in another state, you must bring in your out-of-state driver license and one other form of identification, take the vision test, and pay the appropriate fee. A written test will not be required.

If you are between the ages of 16 (15 and 6 months for an Instruction Permit) and 18, a parent or legal guardian must sign the legal guardian section on the driver license application. The legal guardian’s identification may serve as one form of identification, but you will still need two additional documents, such as an original birth certificate and Social Security card. You will be subject to the written, vision and road skills test as well as the appropriate application fee.

See Identification Requirements for a listing of acceptable proof of identification. One proof must be listed under Primary.