Wyoming DMV Handbook and Regulations FAQ
If you’re getting ready to apply for your Wyoming driver’s privileges soon, then you should definitely pick up a copy of the Wyoming Driver’s Handbook at your earliest convenience and study it cover to cover. All of the information covered by your written knowledge test will be contained therein. In the meantime, feel free to get a feel for what it’s like to apply for a license at the Wyoming DMV with the following FAQ.
How old do I need to be before I can apply for my Wyoming driver’s license?
Every state has its own age requirement in place when it comes to driving privileges, but in Wyoming you must be 15 years of age to apply for a standard learner’s permit. If you’re applying for a hardship learner’s permit instead, you must be 14 years of age.
What documents do I need to bring with me when I apply for my license?
When you arrive at the DMV field office to apply for your license, you will need to bring the following documents in order for your application to be considered.
- State-recognized proof of identity. Examples include a valid United States passport or a state-issued, certified copy of your birth certificate.
- Proof of your social security number – usually either your social security card or tax documents.
- Two proofs of your residency in the state of Wyoming. Acceptable documents include utility bills, rental agreements, tax documents, and bank statements.
I’m an underage would-be driver. Do my parents need to bring me to the DMV when I apply?
Yes. If you are under the age of 18, you should have your parent or legal guardian bring you to the DMV when you apply for your learner’s permit. They will need to show their consent by signing your application form.
Do I need to pass a physical before I can get a driver’s license in Wyoming?
No. Some states do require applicants to take and pass a physical before they’re approved for driving privileges but Wyoming isn’t one of them. You will have to take and pass a vision test though, so make sure you show up wearing any required prescription eyewear.
What does Wyoming’s graduated driver’s licensing (GDL) program entail and will I be expected to follow it?
If you are younger than 17 years of age, then you will be required to follow all the steps involved in the Wyoming GDL program. First you enroll in and pass driver’s education. Next you earn your learner’s permit. From there, you’ll earn your intermediate permit and eventually your full, unrestricted Wyoming driver’s license. Each stage of the program has minimum age requirements you must meet before you’re eligible, as well as additional rules and regulations to consider.
Once I have my learner’s permit, what restrictions do I need to adhere to?
Once you successfully obtain your Wyoming learner’s permit, you will officially be allowed to drive under supervision. Your supervising driver must be a licensed driver that is a minimum of 18 years old. Before you’ll be allowed to take your road test and proceed to the next phase, you’ll need to complete at least 50 hours of supervised driving with 10 of those hours occurring at night. You will also need to hold your learner’s permit for a bare minimum of 10 days.
What is the difference between provisional driving privileges and unrestricted privileges?
All licensed Wyoming drivers need to follow the rules of the road. However, drivers with provisional licenses have additional regulations and restrictions they must consider. You may drive unsupervised, but only between the hours of 5AM and 11PM. You also are not allowed to have more than one passenger in your car at a given time that is younger than 18 years of age. Exceptions can be made for immediate family members.
Once you’ve reached 17 years of age and have held your provisional license for 6 months, you are eligible for your unrestricted adult license. At that point, you are free to drive during any hours you like and with as many passengers in tow as you please.
I’m new to Wyoming. How long do I have before I need to have my out-of-state license transferred?
If you’ve recently become a Wyoming resident or are planning to in the near future, then you have one year to transfer your license. However, some transplants are required to make the switch immediately. If you are from any of the following states, you must transfer your license immediately upon becoming a resident:
What is the procedure for renewing my Wyoming driver’s license when it’s about to expire?
Within 120 days of your license’s expiration date, you should receive a renewal notice from the DMV. (Always make sure your address on file with the DMV is current.) The notice you receive will contain additional information as to your options. You may be able to renew via the mail. If you are, the notice will say so. A Wyoming license needs to be renewed every 4 years and you are eligible for mail renewal once every 8 years.
My Wyoming driver’s license is expired. Will I have to retake any tests before I’ll be allowed to renew it?
Yes. If you allow your Wyoming driver’s license to expire, you will have to restart the process of applying for driving privileges. Part of the process will involve retaking both your written knowledge test and your road test, so be sure to renew before your expiration date.
How much does it cost to renew my license and what forms of payment does the DMV accept?
In Wyoming, the renewal fee for your license is $15. However, it’s important to note that most field offices do not accept credit and debit card payments. You must pay using cash, check, or money order instead. You are, of course, advised to double check with the exact office you plan on visiting before you arrive to make sure you have the proper payment method on hand.