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How To Obtain an Arizona Drivers License

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Here are instructions for getting a new driver's license, replacing your out-of-state license, or renewing your license.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Depends

Here's How:

  1. If you have a valid license from another state, you must bring it and one other form of ID.
  2. Due to differences in state laws, an out-of-state driver license or instruction permit from the following states is no longer accepted as a Primary proof of identification for an application for an Arizona driver license or ID Card: Illinois, New Mexico, Utah, Washington. Examples of acceptable forms of identification include a U.S. birth certificate, U.S. passport or Passport Card, Permanent resident or Resident Alien Card and U.S. military ID. Thbere are others. You can find a list at Arizona MVD online.
  3. If you have a valid license from another state, or are renewing your AZ license, you must take a vision test. A written test is not required.
  4. If you are applying for your first driver's license you must bring 3 forms of ID, at least one of which must have a picture.
  5. If you are applying for your first driver's license you must take a written, vision and driving test.
  6. If you are between the ages of 16 and 18, you must have a parent or legal guardian sign the license application.
  7. You will also have to take a driving test if your license has been canceled or expired for more than a year, or if your license has been revoked.
  8. Fees will be collected for all services.
  9. If you have a license and simply need to change your address, you can do so by phone at (602) 255-0072. Have your current license handy to answer questions.
  10. If you want your change of address to be reflected on your license, you must go to MVD in person and apply for a duplicate license.
  11. A Class G drivers license is for drivers under the age of 18 who have had drivers education classes or instruction. There are some curfew restrictions, and different penalties for citations/violations.
  12. A driver may obtain a copy of his/her motor vehicle record by completing a form and submitting a fee.
  13. You can find out what tickets you have on your record by phone at (602) 255-0072. Have your license handy to answer questions.

Tips:

  1. If you have to go to MVD, try to go during the middle of the week, and during the middle of the month. Avoid Saturdays if you can.
  2. Bring a book and a cell phone. Try not to bring the kids. It may take awhile.
  3. Don't assume you'll be able to complete your transaction during your lunchtime, if you work during the day. Some offices have Saturday hours.
  4. If you are from another country (other than Canada) you will have to bring your current driver license, picture ID, and you will be required to take both the written and driving test. This can all be done in one day.

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