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Renewing Your Learner’s Permit

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Learner’s permits typically require you to drive a certain number of hours with supervision and take a driver’s education class before you apply for a full driver’s license. However, it may be the case for a variety of reasons that you are unable to spend the time you need to feel confident in your driving ability or to meet your state’s requirements for a driver’s license before your learner’s permit expires.

Permits typically expire after two years, and if your permit expires before you can get your license, you will need to renew it before you can get behind the wheel of a car. It is illegal to drive with an expired learner’s permit, even if you are following the permit rules and have a qualified driver in the vehicle with you.

Different states have different rules and regulations regarding the renewal of your permit. Some states require you to visit the DMV before the permit expires, while others allow you to apply for renewal up to 60 days following the expiration. Some states require a permit renewal fee while others allow you to renew for free. Still, others will require you to take the written or vision test again in order to be issued a new permit.

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Learner’s Permit Renewal Requirements

It is a good idea to read up on the requirements for your state, but most states require the following documentation to renew your learner’s permit:

  • Proof of identity (birth certificate, passport)
  • Proof of residence (bills or official mail in your name)
  • Proof of citizenship (Social Security card, passport, or similar document)
  • Expired or about-to-expire learner’s permit

Fees generally cap at about $20 but visit your state’s DMV website for specific pricing information for a learner’s permit. If you live in a highly-populated area or you know that the DMV will be crowded, you may want to make an appointment to renew your permit beforehand so you are assured of a quick turnaround time. Come in prepared to retake the vision and written tests unless you are 100 percent certain that you don’t have to do so.

In addition to providing copies or bringing proof of identity, residence, and citizenship, you may also need to fill out an application to renew your learner’s permit. This application will contain standard information to fill out like your name, address, birth date, and permit number. You may fill out the application before you visit the DMV or pick up an application and fill it out on site.


This article contains general legal information but does not constitute professional legal advice for your particular situation. The Law Dictionary is not a law firm, and this page does not create an attorney-client or legal adviser relationship. If you have specific questions, please consult a qualified attorney licensed in your jurisdiction.

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