Delaware DMV Handbook and Regulations FAQ

If you’re getting ready to apply for your Delaware driving privileges, then it only stands to reason that you might have questions as to where to begin and what to expect. Your written knowledge test will cover information contained in the Delaware Driver’s Handbook, so make sure you obtain a copy and learn the information it contains first thing. You may also wish to look over the following FAQ for a better idea of what you can expect from the application process on the whole.
How old do I need to be before I can get my license?
Minimum eligibility age varies from state to state. However, you need to be 16 years old before you can apply for your learner’s permit in Delaware.
What documents will I need to bring with me when I arrive at the DMV to apply?
When you show up to apply for your Delaware learner’s permit, you’ll need to make sure you have all of the following with you for your application to be considered.
  • Proof of your legal identity
  • Proof of your social security number
  • Two separate proofs of your residency in the state of Delaware
  • If you are under 18, your driver’s education certificate
If I’m underage, do I need to have my parents bring me to the DMV to apply?
Yes. If you are under 18 years of age, you need a parent or legal guardian to come with you so that they can sign your learner’s permit application in front of a DMV rep.
Will I need to worry about passing a physical before I can have my license?
No. Some U.S. states require people to take and pass a physical before they’ll be allowed to drive, but Delaware is not one of them. You will, however, have to pass a vision test, so you’ll want to make sure you arrive wearing any prescription corrective eyewear you require.
I have my Delaware learner’s permit. How long do I have to wait before I can get my license?
If you are over the age of 18, you can apply for your license after 10 days. However, if you are under the age of 18, you must successfully complete 50 hours of supervised driving practice first.
Are there any other requirements I need to meet in order to get and maintain driving privileges?
In addition to being 18 years old and having fulfilled any practice or education requirements, you need to be physically and mentally fit to drive in the first place. You also must be a legal resident of the United States and you may not be addicted to alcohol or drugs. If you are unsure as to whether or not something to do with your record or health status might disqualify you from getting your license, you can always contact a DMV rep and ask before applying.
I’m new to Delaware. What do I need to know about transferring my driver’s license from out of state?
Everyone that establishes residency in Delaware is required to transfer their out-of-state license within 60 days. Anyone looking to make the transfer must also be at least 16 years old. Anyone that can’t meet the age requirement will need to reapply for driving privileges and proceed through Delaware’s GDL program. When you arrive to transfer your license, be prepared to surrender your existing license. If you do not have a physical copy of your driver’s license, then you will need to provide a certified copy of your driving record instead. You’ll also need to bring and show all of the state-recognized documents a brand new applicant would be expected to show, as well as pay associated fees. Last but not least, you will be given a vision exam. You should also be prepared for the possibility of having to pass a written knowledge test and a driving test. In most cases, the written and driving tests will be waived for those from out of state with valid license. However, it’s ultimately up to the DMV.
What do I need to bring with me when I arrive to take my road test?
To begin with, you will need to bring your own vehicle. That vehicle must be registered, fully insured, and compliant with all Delaware safety laws. You’ll need to show your permit and the valid license of the person that drove you to your exam. If you’re not a United States citizen, you’ll also need to bring your immigration documentation. Last but not least, bring more money to pay your licensing fees.
What happens if I fail my written knowledge test or my road test?
If you do happen to fail either test, you’ll be allowed to retake the test. However, you have to wait at least 10 days before you’ll be allowed to do so. You also may be required to pay additional testing fees. Increase your chances of passing on the first try by studying hard and practicing as much as possible.
What will be covered by my written test and road test?
All of the questions on the written exam will be covered by the Delaware Driver’s Handbook, so as long as you know all of the information it contains, you stand a good chance of passing. Possible topics include rules of the road, safe driving practices, and road signage. Your road test will last approximately 30 minutes during which you’ll be asked to perform a variety of tasks. These tasks include but are not limited to parallel parking, backing up, passing other vehicles, reacting properly to road signs, changing lanes, and more. You will also be evaluated on your ability to locate and operate the specific vehicle you’re driving.
Do I have to renew my license in person?
Yes. Delaware does not allow license holders to renew their licenses by mail, over the phone, or online. You must show up in person with proper documentation. You’ll also need to take another vision test. In fact, the entire process has a lot in common with the initial process of getting a new license.
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