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How to Get a Learners Permit in Arizona

Applying for a learners permit in Arizona is a mandatory step for minors who want to obtain a regular driver's license. Minor drivers can apply for a learners permit as soon as they turn 15 ½ years of age. Applicants may complete a graduated driver license process if they are at least 16, but not older than 18 years of age. Completing the GDL program allows motorists to receive graduated Class G license after holding a DMV drivers permit for at least six months. Applicants for a learners permit must provide payment, certain types of documentation and completed consent forms from a parent or guardian.

Applying for a learners permit in Arizona is a mandatory step for minors who want to obtain a regular driver's license. Minor drivers can apply for a learners permit as soon as they turn 15 ½ years of age. Applicants may complete a graduated driver license process if they are at least 16, but not older than 18 years of age. Completing the GDL program allows motorists to receive graduated Class G license after holding a DMV drivers permit for at least six months. Applicants for a learners permit must provide payment, certain types of documentation and completed consent forms from a parent or guardian.

Arizona Graduated Instruction Permit

Getting a learners permit in Arizona is a process that minors can complete by contacting a state Department of Transportation (DOT). You must satisfy certain requirements for learners permits as the first step of the procedure. The initial requirement for minors to qualify for an AZ driving permit is that they be at least 15 ½ years of age and older. The application process for DMV learners permit requires both teen drivers and their parents to complete and submit an application form, a payment for the applicable fee, and proofs of identity, age and legal U.S. presence to the AZ DOT. Once you submit the required learners permit documentation, you will have to take and pass a vision screening and a written knowledge test. Minor applicants for driving permits in Arizona are restricted to operating a motor vehicle only when accompanied by other licensed drivers. The licensed driver accompanying the holder of a permit for driving must be at least 21 years of age and must be seated in the front passenger seat.

Note: A graduated learners permit in Arizona is valid for one year only, so make sure to get familiar with the application process for a Class G license, which is the next step in the GDL program.

Arizona Graduated Driver’s License

Holding an Arizona driving permit for six months will make you eligible to apply for a Class G driver’s license. Minors must be at least 16 years of age if they want to apply for graduated driver’s licenses. After holding a learners permit, teen drivers need to satisfy additional requirements in order to get one level higher on the GDL system. A necessary requirement before applying for a graduated driver’s license is to complete a total of 30 hours of supervised behind-the-wheel driving. Out of the total number of hours, you will be required to practice driving for 20 hours during daytime and 10 hours during nighttime. Teen drivers with DMV learners permits can obtain behind-the-wheel experience while operating motor vehicles. During the first six months of holding a Class G license, minor drivers are restricted from driving between midnight and 5 am. This restriction does not apply to drivers who are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, or to drivers who are driving to or from school, church, work or in cases of family emergencies.

Note: Holders of graduated driver’s licenses who are younger than 18 years of age are not allowed to carry more than one passenger in their motor vehicles. This rule does not apply when teenagers transport their immediate family members such as: siblings, parents or legal guardians.   

Arizona “Under 21” Driver’s License

While learners permits in AZ can be replaced with graduated Class G licenses at the age of 16, drivers younger than 21 years of age can choose whether to keep their current Class G licenses or replace them with regular Class D licenses. As soon as you turn 18 years of age, you can either continue operating your motor vehicle with your Class G license, or you can apply for a duplicate license with a Class D status. The duplicate license will have a vertical orientation and will indicate that you are under 21 years of age.