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Apply for New Arizona Drivers Licenses

Arizona residents must get drivers licenses to operate their vehicles within the state. Applications for new drivers licenses in AZ are processed by the state Department of Transportation (DOT). Prior to applying for drivers licenses, applicants must ensure they meet the eligibility criteria to do so, which vary based on several factors including age and status as a new resident. The standard passenger vehicle license in Arizona is the Class D operator license, but this does not allow drivers to operate all vehicles types. Drivers can learn more about AZ drivers licenses by reading the sections below.

Arizona residents must get drivers licenses to operate their vehicles within the state. Applications for new drivers licenses in AZ are processed by the state Department of Transportation (DOT). Prior to applying for drivers licenses, applicants must ensure they meet the eligibility criteria to do so, which vary based on several factors including age and status as a new resident. The standard passenger vehicle license in Arizona is the Class D operator license, but this does not allow drivers to operate all vehicles types. Drivers can learn more about AZ drivers licenses by reading the sections below.

Requirements for a New Drivers License in Arizona

Getting drivers licenses in Arizona is a process that can only be completed by drivers who meet the requirements set forth by the department. Drivers license application criteria vary based on factors such as the age of the applicants and whether or not they were previously licensed by another state. For instance, drivers with out-of-state DMV drivers licenses may be exempt from retaking the driving exams.

In order to successfully apply for drivers licenses in Arizona, motorists will generally have to fulfill the following criteria:

  • They meet the minimum age requirement (16 years of age for a graduated driver license, 18 years of age for an operator license).
  • They have held an instruction permit for at least six months (if required).
  • They have passed the mandatory driver examinations (vision screening, written test, driving skills exam).
  • They have completed a state-approved driver education program and/or a certain number of hours of supervised driving practice (if required).
  • They are able to submit the necessary evidentiary documents and payment for the applicable fees.

Note: The above list outlines the general AZ driving license application requirements. The department, however, evaluates applicants on a case-by-case basis, and you may be required to meet additional criteria as well.

When applying for driving licenses in Arizona, drivers will be required to submit several types of identification paperwork as proof of age, identity and legal U.S. presence. Note that the submitted driver license documents must be in English, and in either their original form or as certified copies. Based on their importance, the AZ DOT separates the acceptable documents into two lists: primary and secondary identification documentation. In order to get driving licenses in AZ, you will be required to submit at least one primary document and one secondary document. If the paperwork does not include a valid photo of the applicant, the department requires the submission of at least three documents.

Note: Primary documents must include the driver's date of birth. Also, drivers may be required to submit their Social Security Number.

How to Apply for an Arizona Driving License

During the Arizona drivers license application process, applicants will be required to complete several steps, which will vary based on their specific circumstances. Prior to applying for a Class G driving license in AZ as a teenage driver, for example, you will first be required to request a driving permit. The procedure to apply for drivers licenses can be completed in person through a local DOT branch office. Depending on your circumstances, you may be required to make multiple office visits.

To finalize the process of getting drivers licenses in AZ, applicants are typically required to complete the following steps:

  • Submit the filled out AZ Driver License Application (Form 40-5122).
  • Present the mandatory proofs of legal presence, identity and date of birth.
  • Submit additional documents, such as a certification of a driver education course, proof of driving under supervision or evidence of name change (if applicable).
  • Surrender their learner's permit (if applying for a Class G minor license).
  • Surrender their out-of-state credential (for new AZ residents).
  • Pass the vision test, the knowledge exam and the driving test.
  • Pay the applicable driver licensing fees.

Note: Applicants who are minors will also be required to submit a parental approval form.

Drivers can initiate the Arizona driving license application procedure via the department's internet services in order to complete the process in a more expeditious manner. The DOT online drivers license services allow applicants to fill out the application form through their home computers, saving it on the DMV database so that a DOT official can access it during the office visit.

After processing your request for an AZ license to drive, the department will issue you the Class G or Class D credential. Note that owners of graduated driving licenses in AZ will be required to follow certain restrictions when operating their vehicle. Also, applicants younger than 21 years of age will receive a special vertical credential to indicate their age.