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Speed through the DMV: Fast and Easy Driver License Guidelines

Updated on March 26, 2013



Going to the DMV for any reason can be a hassle for people. The lines are usually long and you are told to take a number which most like starts after 100. If you go to the DMV for your driver’s license you may actually be there longer than for any other reason unless you are well prepared. The more prepared you are the faster you can get in and out and be on your way driving, legally!

In order to get your driver’s license you have to pass a written test and an actual driving test. The first test, the permit test, varies from state to state. You are required to get a certain amount of questions correct before you can pass. This can be anywhere from 10-40 questions. Don’t panic! There are books provided for you to study and most of the drivers books can be found online in PDF format.

The Permit Test is usually a written test but in some states upgraded to a computerized version. You will be tested on traffic laws, driving safety rules, and road signs. Some states allow you to retake this test once if you fail in the same day. Other states make you wait 2 weeks before you can come and retake the test again, which is a good amount of time to restudy the book.

There is usually a fee to pay but again that varies among states. You will need to present a photo id which you will have to pay for if you do not have one. Some states require a vision test to be passed as well. You will need to have your social security number and your birth certificate handy. These are used to verify your identity and to provide the information needed to present you with your permit when you pass.

After you have successfully passed the written test and have received your permit, you will be scheduled to take your driving test.

When you arrive to take your driver’s test, you will need to have met the insurance requirements of your state and will need to present your permit. The test is never longer than an hour and you will be graded on a point system. You will be asked to perform a number of stops, turns, and parking procedures in order to accumulate the points needed to pass. Normally all you need is 70 out of 100 points to pass your test.

If you fail, you will have to reschedule another driving test depending on the states licensing policies. If you pass you will be issued an intern license that will only be valid for 60 days or until you receive your photo license in the mail. In some states you will be able to get your official photo license right after you have passed your driver’s test.


  1. Study, Study, Study! If you study your driver’s book you study not only your permit test but your driver’s test as well. Picture yourself behind the wheel of the car as you learn the rules of the road.
  2. If you fail take the time given you until you can take the test again to study and review notes, even if you were only a question or turn off from passing. It won’t hurt to double check your methods.


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