Nebraska DMV Handbook and Regulations FAQ

If you’re planning on applying for your Nebraska state driver’s license or learner’s permit, then it’s important that you pick up a copy of the Nebraska Driver’s Handbook from your local DMV field office and study it thoroughly. You may also want to peruse the following FAQ, the better to know what to expect from the application process, as well as the experience of learning to drive on Nebraska roads.
How old do I need to be before I can apply for my Nebraska driver’s license?
As is the case with many U.S. states, Nebraska has a graduated driver’s licensing (GDL) program in place. According to the Nebraska GDL policy, you’re eligible for different types of driving privileges at different ages.
  • You are eligible for a school learner’s permit (LPE) at 14.
  • You are eligible for your school permit (SCP) between the ages of 14 and 16. However, it’s important to note that you must have had your LPE for a minimum of 2 months prior to applying.
  • You are eligible to apply for your state learner’s permit (LPD) at age 15.
  • You are eligible to obtain your provisional operator’s license (POP) at age 16.
Please note that before you begin the application process for your provisional Nebraska driver’s license, you need to have held your LPE, LPD, or SCP for a minimum of 6 months.
What documents do I need to bring with me to the DMV when I apply for my license?
In Nebraska, you will need to bring one primary form of identification, two forms of address verification, and proof of your social security number. Please note that all forms of proof need to be government-recognized documents such as certified copies of your birth certificate, military ID, student ID, state ID cards, and social security card. Popular ways to verify your address include pay stubs, utility bills, and bank statements. If you are unsure as to whether or not a given document will be acceptable, contact your nearest DMV field office and speak to a rep.
Does Nebraska require me to pass a physical before I’m eligible for my driver’s license?
No. Nebraska will not require you to undergo a physical in order to obtain your state driver’s privileges. However, you will be required to pass a vision test to make sure you’re safe to drive. If you fail your vision test for any reason, you will be asked to visit an eye doctor and return to the DMV at a later date with the doctor’s report.
Once I have my Nebraska learner’s permit, what are my state-approved options as far as learning how to drive?
Once you have your Nebraska learner’s permit, you have two options at your disposal when it comes to actually learning how to drive and fulfilling the requirements necessary to obtain your full driver’s privileges. You can sign up for and successfully complete a DMV-approved driver safety course. Alternatively, you can complete 50 hours of supervised behind-the-wheel driving practice (with 10 of those hours completed at night). Your supervising driver must be a licensed driver that is 21 years of age or older.
How do I prove to the DMV that I’ve completed all of the required supervised driver’s training hours as specified?
You will need to obtain a certification form and have your supervising driver (of 21 years of age or older) sign it for you. Make sure that your form states that 10 of your practice hours were completed at night
I’m new to Nebraska. What’s the protocol for having my out-of-state driving privileges transferred?
If you are under the age of 18, you will need to complete Nebraska’s graduated driver’s licensing (GDL) program before you can drive in Nebraska. If you are 18 years of age or older, you will need to complete the following steps at a DMV field office within 30 days of becoming a Nebraska resident.
  • Surrender your existing driver’s license.
  • Show state-recognized proof of your identity and residency within the state.
  • Successfully pass a vision test.
  • Successfully pass a written test and a road test (if it’s decided that you need to).
  • Pay the applicable driver’s licensing fees.
Underage drivers are welcome to bring the necessary documents, as well as fee payment, and apply for their age-dictated learner’s permit.
How long does it take to receive my new Nebraska driver’s license?
Assuming you’ve successfully met all requirements, passed any necessary tests, and shown all the necessary documents, you can expect your driver’s license to arrive in the mail shortly. It typically takes no longer than 30 days.
What will be covered by my Nebraska DMV written knowledge exam?
All information covered by the written knowledge exam can be found in the Nebraska Driver’s Manual, so make sure you study it thoroughly. Possible topics include Nebraska state road law, safe driving practices, signage, and more. You can increase your chances of passing your written knowledge exam on the first try by including a practice test in your study routine. Practice tests mimic the actual test taking experience, the better to prepare you for what you can expect.
What will my behind-the-wheel road test be like?
Your road test will be your official test as to how safe a driver you are under various conditions. You’ll be tested on concepts like parking, driving on the freeway, starting/stopping the vehicle, and backing out of a parking space.
What if I fail my written test or my road test? Will I be able to take them again?
If you fail your written test, you will need to wait until the following day to take another crack at it. If you fail your road test, you will also need to wait until the next day to retake it. However, if you fail your road test three consecutive times, you will need to sign up for and complete a DMV-recognized driver’s training course. You will also need to have held your learner’s permit for an additional 90 days.
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