How to Renew a Learner's Permit

by Irena Eaves

A learner's permit is a necessary step on the road to becoming a licensed driver. This junior operator's license enables young drivers to learn to drive firsthand behind the wheel of a car, provided they are accompanied by a licensed adult. In general, a learner's permit expires two years after it is first acquired. Young drivers who don't feel confident enough to acquire their full license after two years or who simply let their junior permit expire will need to renew it. The procedure for renewing a learner's permit may vary slightly by state.

Check the expiration date on your learner's permit. The expiration period varies from state to state, so you're better off if you know exactly when it will expire ahead of time. In general, the renewal process will be much easier if you begin before your permit has expired.

Pay a visit to your local Department of Motor Vehicles office. You can simply walk in to the office and wait to be seen. If you live in a highly populated area, you might want to make an appointment beforehand to save time.

Bring proper documentation along with you, since you may be turned down if you don't have all the necessary paperwork. In general, you will need proof of identity like a birth certificate, a social security card and proof of residence. Don't forget to bring a form of payment, since you will likely have to pay a fee to renew your permit. In general, fees hover around the $20 range.

Be prepared to take the exam again. Some states require that you pass the written and vision exams all over again for a permit renewal. Other states may require you to pass the tests again only if your permit has been expired for an extended period of time. Unless you're positive you won't have to re-take the exam, it's best to walk into the DMV prepared for anything.

Tip

  • check Most states have very informative, reliable websites, typically ending in .gov, listing their policies when it comes to learner's permit renewals.

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About the Author

Irena Eaves began writing professionally in 2005. She has been published on several websites including RedPlum, CollegeDegreeReport.com and AutoInsuranceTips.com. Eaves holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Boston University.

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