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Driver Licensing Requirements for Minors

New Hampshire residents can start learning to drive at the age of 15½ but must be at least 16 years old to apply for a driver license. Drivers under 18 years old must complete an approved Driver Education Program and provide written permission from a parent or guardian in order to apply for a driver license. Drivers must be at least 18 years old to apply for a commercial driver license. Drivers under 21 years old will be issued a Youth Operator License which will expire on the driver's 21st birthday.

Apply for a New Hampshire Driver License - Under 18

If you are under 18 years old, you can apply for a driver license once you have passed a New Hampshire approved Driver Education Program and completed forty (40) hours of additional supervised driving time. To apply, go to any DMV office before 3:30 p.m. with the following documents:

  1. Application for Driver License Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol. All relevant information must be given including legal name, date of birth and social security number.
  2. Proof of Identity. Provide two documents from the list of Required Documentation Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol.
  3. The original, green Driver Education Completion Certificate issued by your driver education instructor.
  4. A Parent or Guardian Authorization Certificate Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol signed by a parent or guardian.
  5. A completed Driver's Out-Of-Class Log Sheet Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol signed by a parent or guardian.

You do not need an appointment to apply for a license, but you must arrive at the DMV no later than 3:30 p.m. to allow enough time for testing. You must pass a vision test, knowledge test and road test. An appointment is required for a road test; however, appointments can only be scheduled after you have passed the vision and knowledge tests. Please see appointments and scheduling for more information.

Once you have met all the requirements and passed your road test, you will pay your license fee and have your picture taken. The DMV will issue you a 60-day, temporary paper license. Your permanent driver license will be mailed to your New Hampshire mailing address within 60 days.

Transfer an Out of State License - Under 18

Drivers who are under 18 years old who hold a license from another state must fulfill all of the licensing requirements for minors, including taking a Driver Education course or transferring a Driver Education course from another state. Drivers under 18 years old who wish to transfer a Driver Education course from another state should contact the Driver Education office to ensure that all requirements are met. New Hampshire does not honor or transfer driving permits from other states.

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