Missouri DMV Handbook and Regulations FAQ
Those planning on applying for the Missouri state driver’s license will be expected to know all of the information contained in the official state DMV handbook. However, the following FAQ may help you better know what you’ll be able to expect from your application experience, as well as the experience of becoming a Missouri driver. Don’t forget to study for your written exam using a practice test designed to mimic the testing process to maximize your chances of passing the first time around!
How old do I need to be before I can apply for my driver’s license?
The minimum age you need to be in order to apply for your license and learner’s permit varies from state to state. However, in Missouri you must be 15 years old. You will qualify for your intermediate license at 16 years old and your full driver’s license complete with unrestricted driver’s privileges at 18 years old.
What tests do I need to pass in order to obtain my Missouri learner’s permit?
In addition to being a minimum of 15 years old, you are required to report to a State Highway Patrol (MSHP) examination station in order to undergo testing. Your vision will be tested in order to make sure you can see well enough to be a safe driver. You will also have to pass a road signs test, as well as a written knowledge test.
All of the information to be found on the written and road signs tests is covered in the Missouri Driver Guide, so be sure to study carefully. Taking a few practice exams before you report for your real testing may help you better understand which information is more likely to be on the test.
Once I pass my exams at the MSHP examination station, what’s the next step?
Once you’ve successful received passing scores on your vision test, your road signs test, and your written knowledge test you will receive a Driver Examination Record (Form DOR-100) stating as much. Take that form to your nearest Missouri DMV field office along with the following:
- Your parent or legal guardian if you are underage.
- Proof of your legal name, date of birth, and place of birth (e.g. certified birth certificate or U.S. passport)
- Your social security number
- Proof of your residency in the state of Missouri (e.g. bank statement, rental agreement, or utility bill)
- A completed application for your learner’s permit
- Payment of the $3.50 application fee
Once your application is processed, you’ll be ready to start your hands on behind the wheel training with a licensed adult.
What are the restrictions I need to be aware of once I’m driving under my learner’s permit?
Many of the learner’s permit limitations and rules are age-related. For instance, if you are under 16 years of age, you are only allowed to drive when accompanied by your parent, your legal guardian, or a driving instructor.
Alternatively, you can drive with a licensed driver that is a minimum of 25 years old. However, they must have had their license for at least 3 years and be formally approved by your parent or legal guardian via a Parent or Guardian Permission Statement. If you are 16 years old or older, you can drive with any licensed adult as long as they are at least 21 years old.
All drivers regardless of age are required to do the following:
- You must carry your Missouri learner’s permit with you at all times while driving.
- Your supervising driver must be seated in the front seat at all times when you’re behind the wheel.
- Every occupant of your car (including yourself) must wear a seatbelt at all times.
- No other people besides your supervising driver are allowed to be in your vehicle while you’re driving.
How many hours of supervised driving do I need to complete once I have my learner’s permit?
Once you have your learner’s permit, you’ll be required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of supervised driving practice. A total of 10 of those hours must be completed at night (between sunset and sunrise). Your parent, legal guardian, or driving instructor will be required to maintain a log of your hours in order to verify that your driving practice has been compliant with state requirements.
What other requirements do I need to meet before I’ll be eligible for my intermediate license?
Aside from being at least 16 years of age, having completed all of the required behind-the-wheel driving practice detailed above, and having passed the DMV road test, you will also have to meet all the following requirements:
- You must have held your Missouri learner’s permit for a minimum of 182 days.
- You may not have had any convictions in regards to alcohol-related offenses within the prior 12 months.
- You also may not have accumulated any traffic tickets or moving violations within the prior 6 months.
It’s also important to note that in Missouri, if you are applying for your intermediate license more than one year after you took your original written exams and vision test, you will be required to take them again. As with before, you will need to report to a MSHP examination station in order to do so.
What do I need to bring with me when I apply for my intermediate license?
You’ll need to bring state-recognized proof of your name, birth date, place of birth, residency, and social security number just as you did when you applied for your learner’s permit. You’ll also need to bring a completed application (which you can pick up at any field office), proof of your completed behind-the-wheel driving hours, and your actual learner’s permit. If you’re a teen driver, you will also need to bring your parent or guardian so that they can sign the back of your application. (If they can’t come with you, you can bring an application they’ve signed for you prior to your visit.) Last but not least, bring payment for the $7.50 licensing fee.