Finally the big moment has arrived: you are ready to get your license and dominate the road. Here’s how to pass the theory and driving exams. You will need some basic information, some common sense and some quality time on four wheels. In this article we show you how!
The Permit (Pink Sheet)
Study the manual: it is not very long, but it contains useful information to become a cautious motorist.
Sure, it’s very boring and occasionally falls into the sermon, but you can take a few hours to it and highlight the important parts, especially the speed limits, safety distances and right of way rules. You will pass the theory exam with your eyes closed.
Get the pink sheet. State laws usually require certain requirements before giving it; they vary, so consult the site of the DMV, the motorization, of your state to know them. Here are some generic ones:
Be of a minimum age. On average, it is 15 years old, but it can range between 14 and 16.
Provide the Social Security Number. Some states require the card itself.
Prove your identity with your birth certificate, identity card, adoption documents, marriage certificate or other official document.
Prove your citizenship or legal residence with your official birth certificate, passport, tribal ID card or DHS documents.
Provide proof of your domicile through one of the documents listed above or show the declaration or authorization of a person living with you.
If you are under the age of 18, some states will ask you to provide proof that you are in school.
If you are under the age of 18, you will need a signature from a parent / legal guardian along with the person’s driving license or Social Security Number.
Pass the eye doctor test. If you wear glasses, don’t leave them at home; you will need it to drive, and this will be marked on your license.
Pass the theoretical exam. Before getting in the car, the DMV will want to make sure you are not a threat to society. If you’ve read the manual, everything will be fine. Don’t pass the test? After a certain period, you can repeat it. Take the opportunity to study, especially what you did not know on the exam.
Check your state’s DMV site – practice tests are often posted to practice.
Pose for the photo.
Pay the fees to take the test and to get the pink paper. Remember that DMVs generally don’t accept credit cards, so bring your checkbook with you (or ask your parents to have theirs on hand!).
Get in the car. If you want to get your driving license, perhaps in a safe way, you will have to practice with a licensed person who lives in the same state as you.
If you’ve never driven before, it will be difficult to coordinate your feet, hands and eyes at first. Some practice in empty parking lots, especially when they learn to start the car and keep it running.
Be patient with the person who teaches you, whether it’s a friend, relative, or a driving instructor. Their panic screams are annoying, but then it will all pass because you will get better at it.
Most states have a minimum number of months in which to have the pink slip and a certain number of hours spent driving before obtaining a license. This number can be lowered if you take an accredited driving course.
The Driver’s License (Patent)
Read the manual again! Yes, again! You have passed the theoretical test, but you still have to pass the decisive one, the one with the operator of the engine sitting by your side while you drive on a real road in a safe and efficient way. Any rule you ignore will turn into a check mark in the wrong column.
Make an appointment to take the test (optional). To save time, call the office closest to you and make an appointment.
Some DMVs do this, others don’t. If not, ask when to pass to take the driving test: they will tell you which times are more convenient for them, and therefore you will have to wait less.
Get ready. Bring the necessary documents with you:
The pink sheet. They will check your driving log and make sure you haven’t been suspended, which happens when you break the rules while you have the pink slip.
Proof of your identity, address and domicile.
Proof of your age. The legal age to drive is 16 in most cases, but it can also be 14 or 17 in some states.
Bring your state birth certificate with you.
Fill in the form. You will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian, unless you are married or emancipated.
Pass the written test. The theory exam is not available in all states and you may be exempted if you have a valid pink sheet.
Pass the eye exam. It will be like the previous one. Unless something has drastically changed from the previous time, the results should be the same.
Take the driving test. If you have been studying and practicing for many hours, then you are prepared, so don’t be nervous. Be confident, take it easy and treat the examiner with respect.
You will have to bring your vehicle with you to take the driving test and everything must be done safely. You will need to prove that you have insurance.
Have someone with a driver’s license accompany you when you go to the DMV. So, if you fail the exam, he can take you home.
Well done! All your work has paid off: now you have a driving license! But a few final bureaucratic details remain.
Deliver the pink sheet: you no longer need it. You will be given your first Driver ‘s License.
If you are under 21, you will be given an Under 21 driver’s license, generally valid for 90 days after your 21st birthday.
Remember that you will be subject to your state’s points system. A motorist under the age of 18 is at greater risk of having his driving privilege suspended if he loses many points, so drive safely.
All motorists under the age of 21 are subject to the so-called “Zero Alcohol Tolerance”, which means that even a beer will have detrimental effects on your driving log. Sermon is a must here: do not drive after drinking to avoid the problem directly.
If You Have Not Passed the Test
Try to understand why you have not passed it. You may have made only one serious mistake while driving, such as exceeding the speed limit in the school area, or various small mistakes or driving poorly throughout the exam (that part where you almost ran over a senior while greeting your parents. friends did not help you).
Read the manual. Again? Yup! Perhaps you have overlooked some rules: recover it.
Practice driving. Focus on the things that make you the most insecure. Practice until it feels natural to drive.
Take the test again. This time it will get better! After you pass it, read the “Passed!” Section.