Oklahoma DMV Handbook and Regulations FAQ
If you’re preparing to apply for your Oklahoma driver’s license or learner’s permit, then it only stands to reason that you might be a little nervous about passing your written knowledge exam. All of the questions on your exam will cover information found in the official Oklahoma Driver’s Handbook, so make sure you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience and start studying. You may also wish to check out the following FAQ for a better idea of what you can expect from the experience of dealing with the DMV in general.
How old do I need to be before I can apply for my license in Oklahoma?
Age limits can vary quite a bit from state to state. However, in Oklahoma you must be a minimum of 15 ½ years of age before you may apply for your learner’s permit. Getting your learner’s permit is the first step toward eventually having your full unrestricted adult driver’s license.
When I arrive to apply for my license, what documents am I required to bring with me?
Before your license application can be processed, you will need to show government recognized documents that fit each of the following categories:
Two proofs of your legal identity
Proof of your enrollment in the Oklahoma school system (if you are under 18)
Proof of your enrollment in a driver’s education course (if you are between 15 ½ and 16)
If you are unsure as to whether or not a document you’d like to bring will be considered acceptable by the Oklahoma DMV, then you should call ahead and speak with a DMV rep about it beforehand. Otherwise, you risk having to come back some other time and restart the process all over again.
If I’m underage, do my parents need to bring me to my appointment?
Yes. If you are not yet 18, then you are required to have your parent or legal guardian bring you. They will need to sign paperwork in order to show their legal consent.
Will I need to take a physical in order to get my license?
No. A few states still require applicants to pass a physical before they can have their driver’s license, but Oklahoma is not one of them. You will need to take and pass a vision test on the same day you arrive to apply though. Make sure you are wearing any corrective eyewear you require.
What happens if I fail my written knowledge test? Can I retake it? What about my road test?
If you do happen to fail your written knowledge test, then you can retake it. However, you will need to wait at least one calendar day before you’ll be allowed. You may wish to study with a practice test so that you’ll better know what to expect and can increase your chances of passing on the first try.
If you fail your road test, you must also wait one calendar day before you will be allowed to retake it. However, you are only permitted to fail it three times within 30 days of your initial try. Any attempts that follow that must occur 30 days apart. Make sure you get plenty of practice and wait to take your road test until you’re truly ready!
Once I have my learner’s permit, how much behind-the-wheel training am I required to complete?
Once you successfully obtain your learner’s permit, you can get to work on your supervised driving practice. You must complete a minimum of 50-55 hours of supervised driving practice. (Whether you must do 50 or 55 depends on the driver’s education course you took.) At least 10 of these hours must occur at night. Last but not least, you supervising driver must be at least 21 years old and have held their license for a minimum of 2 years.
What do I need to bring with me when I arrive to take my road test?
Once you’ve completed and logged all of the required supervised driving practice, it’s time to make an appointment for your road test. Make sure you bring:
- Your learner’s permit
- The driver’s training form onto which you’ve logged your practice hours
- Your birth certificate (or other primary form of ID)
- Your social security card (or other secondary form of ID)
- Proof of enrollment in secondary school or a diploma/GED
- Your parent or legal guardian (as they will need to sign an authorization form)
- Payment for all applicable fees
- Proof of insurance and registration for the vehicle you’ll be using for your road test.
The vehicle you use for your test must not only be properly registered and insured, but road safe in every way. All lights, gauges, and functions need to be in solid working order.
Once I have my intermediate license, what restrictions do I need to be aware of?
Intermediate driver’s licenses and unrestricted licenses have many of the same privileges in common. However, if you only hold an intermediate license, you have additional rules to consider. You may not drive with more than one passenger in your car at any time unless they are an immediate member of your family. You also are only allowed to drive without supervision between 4:30AM and 9PM. At any other time of day, you must be accompanied by a licensed driver that is a minimum of 21 years of age.
When may I trade my intermediate license in for an unrestricted license?
Everyone with an intermediate license that is under 18 must hold it for a certain period of time before they will be eligible for an unrestricted license. If you completed driver’s education, then you must hold your license for at least 6 months. If you have not completed driver’s education, then you must hold your license for a minimum of one year instead. Regardless of whether or not you took driver’s ed, you may not have had any traffic convictions during your waiting period.
If you are over 18 when you get your first license, you only need to pass the driving exam and the vision test. Then you will be immediately eligible for adult unrestricted privileges.