Arizona DMV Handbook and Regulations FAQ

If you are planning on applying for your government-recognized Arizona state driver’s license soon, then you are required to obtain and study a complete copy of Arizona state’s official DMV handbook. However, you are also welcome to look over the following compilation of commonly asked questions for further reference.
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How old do I have to be to apply for a learner’s permit in Arizona?
As is the case in most states, you must be a minimum of 15 ½ years of age before you can apply for an Arizona state learner’s permit. You will also need to pass a written test, as well as a vision test in order to qualify. Once you begin your behind-the-wheel driver’s training, you must be accompanied at all times by a licensed driver that is 21 years of age or older. Said driver must be seated in the front seat.
How many questions are on the Arizona DMV written test and what score do I need to achieve in order to pass?
The written test you’ll take in order to qualify for your learner’s permit is 30 questions long in Arizona. You will need to answer a minimum of 24 correctly in order to get a passing score.
What happens if I fail the written test?
When it comes to first-time test takers, roughly 50% of all applicants fail their written test. Everyone is entitled to three attempts at passing the test within a one-year period. If you fail to pass all three times, you will be required to pay for a new application altogether the following year. (It costs $7 to apply for your permit and take the written test.) In order to maximize your chances of passing as quickly as possible, make sure you thoroughly review the materials in the Arizona state DMV handbook. For best results, you should also use practice tests so that you can be absolutely sure of what to expect.
What documents am I required to have with me when I arrive to take my Arizona state learner’s permit test?
When you arrive to take your test, you will need to present a completed copy of Form 40-5122, Arizona’s official driver license/ID card application. You will also need to provide government recognized proof of your identity, your age, and your legal presence in the United States. If you are a minor, you will also need to bring a parent or legal guardian with you so that they can sign your instruction permit application and acknowledge legal responsibility for your conduct as a student driver. You do not need to make an appointment. However, you may wish to do so in order to save time. You will also be required to pay the applicable fees, so make sure you’re prepared to do so.
What requirements does my vehicle need to meet in order to be deemed appropriate for my behind-the-wheel test?
In Arizona, you must provide the vehicle that will be used to take your behind the wheel test. However, know that the Arizona DMV will look it over and test it in order to make sure that it meets requirements. The vehicle in question cannot be found to have any missing or defective equipment or functions. Also, understand that you will be asked to prove your familiarity with the vehicle before the test will begin. Make sure you are able to:
  • Locate, release, and apply the parking brakes. You also must be able to recognize when these brakes have been applied.
  • Operate both the windshield washer and wiper functions.
  • Locate and operate the horn without taking your eyes from the road.
  • Recognize and understand any and all warning lights that may appear on the dashboard.
Understand that the instructor will also be watching to make sure that you know how to adjust your seat properly, as well as sit erect behind the wheel with your feet on the floor. Make sure that you put on your seat belt and check both your turn signals and brakes before turning on the engine.
How quickly am I expected to notify the DMV of a change of address?
In Arizona, you’re required to file a change of address with a rep from a DMV field office within 10 days. Understand that you may be cited by law enforcement officials if you fail to do this within the aforementioned time period. You can submit a change of address request in person at your nearest DMV field office. Alternatively, you can do so online or via telephone. Make sure you provide your full legal name, your new address in full, your zip code, and your date of birth. You will also be required to supply your driver license number, your plate number, and also possibly your VIN number. However, you should understand that if you are informing the DMV of a name change, you may not do this any other way except in person. As with address changes, you must inform the Arizona DMV of a legal name change within 10 days.
What can I expect when I show up to take my DMV road test in Arizona?
As is the case with other states, you will have an Arizona state DMV instructor/evaluator riding with you at all times and testing you in regards to a variety of road conditions. You’ll be provided with directions to follow and graded on your overall ability to follow directions and control a vehicle with confidence according to state regulations. If severe weather or safety conditions happen to present themselves, then road tests may be suspended and/or rescheduled for a later date. Payment of your application fee will purchase you three attempts to pass your test within a period of one year. If you happen to fail the test, you must wait until the next business day before retesting.
Can I become an organ donor in the state of Arizona via the DMV?
Yes. You can be included in Arizona’s official donor registry by specifying this desire at the time of application for a license of DMV card. You can also apply online.