Apply for Alabama driver's license

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Everyone needs a valid drivers license of before hitting the road. If youve moved to Alabama from another state, you will need to exchange your out-of-state license for an Alabama license.
The Driver License Division of the Alabama Department of Public Safety provides several different types of licenses.
A Class D license is available to those 16 and older with restrictions. Older drivers are not governed by the same restrictions.
A Class D learners license is available to teens 15 years of age. This is the first step in the graduated license program and includes restrictions.
A Class M license is for motorcycle riders at least 16 years old. A Class MB license is available for motorcycles riders as young as 14.
Commercial vehicle drivers, at least 18 years old, can apply for a Class A, B, or C license.

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Drivers younger than 18 years old must complete 30 hours of behind the wheel driving practice or complete an Alabama State Department of Education approved driving course. The license division provides several options form completing the driving time and the education course.
Drivers who are at least 18 years old are not required to take a driving course, but it is recommended.

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It is recommended to not only study the Alabama Drivers manual, but also prepare for your final test by taking practice tests.

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To take both the written and driving tests it is recommended that you contact your local office and make an appointment.

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On the day of your Class D driver’s license test, be prepared to:
Pay the written test fee of $5, and/or the driver license application fee of $23. Checks are not accepted and fees may be higher at some locations.
You will need to provide photo or non-photo identification along with your Social Security Card.
Be prepared to provide a school enrollment form or proof of graduation from a program if you are younger than 19 and applying for a license for the first time.
Make certain you arrive with a licensed driver and a properly insured and registered vehicle if you’re taking the driving test.
You will need to pass a vision exam and have your photo taken

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Test questions are taken from the manual. It is best to study the manual prior to taking the written test. The test if available in several languages including English, Spanish, Japanese, Thai and Farsi. An American Sign Language test is available.
If you pass the written test and are younger than 18, you must have your permit for six months before taking the driving portion of the test. Those older than 18 can take the test the same day.
If by chance you do not pass the test, you may take it up to two times in one day, however, you must pay the $5 fee each time.

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You’ll need your own once it’s time to take your driving exam. Make sure the vehicle is properly registered and insured.

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All drivers in Alabama are required to have liability insurance and carry that proof of insurance when driving.

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If you are new to Alabama and have a valid out-of-state license you are not required to take the driving test. Provide your current license and Social Security Card and one other form of identification to the nearest office along with a $5 transfer fee and $23 for the new license.
First-time drivers must take the driving test and an appointment is required. Take note that driving tests are not administered on rainy days.
Once you pass the driving test you will be issued a temporary license which is valid for 30 days. This allows you to drive legally while you await your permanent license in the mail.
If you do not pass it will be up to the examiner to decide when you will be allowed to take the test again.

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License are sent via US mail and usually arrive within 30 days. If you do not receive your license within 30 days it is advised that you contact the office.