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Apply for a Driver License - Over 18

Drivers under 18 years old must complete an approved Driver Education Program before applying for a New Hampshire driver license. Drivers who are at least 18 years old can apply for a New Hampshire Driver License at any DMV office, without an appointment. The following documents are required:

  1. Application for Driver License Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol.
  2. Proper identification and residency documentation for the type of driver license you wish to apply for (REAL ID compliantAdobe Acrobat Reader Symbol or non-compliantAdobe Acrobat Reader Symbol.

If you would like more information on REAL ID compliant driver licenses, please visit our REAL ID webpage.

All applicants must pass a Vision Test to qualify for a license. Any applicant who has not previously held a driver license in New Hampshire, or any other state, must pass a Knowledge Test. Once the applicant passes the knowledge test, a Road Test will be scheduled.

Once all the requirements have been met, you will pay your license fee and have your picture taken. The DMV will give you a 60-day, paper temporary license. Your permanent driver license will be mailed to your New Hampshire mailing address within 60 days. If you are under 21 years old, you will be issued a Youth Operator license which will expire on your 21st birthday.

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