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Alabama DMV Learner's Permit FAQ

  • When can I apply for a permit in Alabama?

    You can apply for an Alabama learner’s permit immediately after turning 15 years of age. The AL learner’s permit is valid for 4 years and can be renewed once.

  • What are the requirements to get a learners permit?

    You will need to pass the state written knowledge test (permit test) and a vision test to receive your learner’s permit. Then Alabama drivers under 18 years of age have a choice of completing at least 30 hours of behind-the-wheel driving practice or completing a driver education course approved by the Alabama State Department of Education.

  • How many questions are on the permit test?

    The Alabama permit test contains 30 multiple choice questions.

  • How many questions must I answer correctly to pass?

    You must correctly answer 24 out of the 30 test questions (80%) to pass.

  • What steps should I take to prepare for the test?

    Begin by becoming familiar with information found in the Alabama Driver’s Manual. This is the official drivers manual published by the Alabama Department of Safety (DPS). Once you feel you’ve adequately studied the contents of the manual it’s time to determine how much you’ve absorbed.

    Practice tests are an excellent way to assess your overall level of knowledge as well as identify any weak areas that you may need to focus on. Our Alabama practice permit tests are a great study tool to help you on your journey towards becoming a new driver.

  • What percentage of people fail the permit test?

    According to the very latest statistics, over half of all those taking the test for the first time fail. To increase your chances of passing on the first time be sure to study the Alabama Driver’s Manual and to take multiple practice exams.

  • How much does the permit test cost?

    You will be required to pay a $5 testing fee and a $23 license purchase fee.

  • Where do I take the permit test?

    The Alabama Department of Public Safety (DPS) is responsible for administering driving tests and licensing drivers in the state of Alabama. To find an office near you please visit the Alabama DPS website:

  • What documents should I bring on test day?

    You will need to visit the local Department of Public Safety office with a parent or guardian. You will also need to bring a certified copy of your birth certificate, your Social Security Card and proof of school enrollment or graduation.

    Those who are 16 years of age and older who are seeking a learner’s permit must provide two forms of identification, including one photo ID, in addition to the above. After showing your ID, you will need to pass both the written part of the test (permit test) as well as the vision test to receive your learner’s permit.

The Alabama DMV Learners Permit — What You Need to Know

So it’s finally your turn to get your Alabama learner’s license and start learning how to drive.  This is an important moment for a permit represents both freedom and independence.  No more need to bug friends or family for rides or take public transportation.  But before you can begin exploring Alabama’s roads and highways, you’ll need to pass the permit test.  The local Alabama Department of Public Safety (DPS) office is responsible for licensing all drivers in Alabama as well as administering the permit test.  This driver’s knowledge test contains multiple-choice questions that will assess your knowledge of the rules of the road, Alabama traffic laws, and road signs.

Get Ready With AZ DMV Practice Permit Tests

With over 50% of students failing the test every year, it’s now more important than ever to start preparing for the test.  To help prepare you to pass the Alabama permit test and get your learners license we’ve put together some essential test prep resources.  Our Alabama practice permit test has been developed to simulate the format of the real exam while the Alabama drivers handbook makes a great reference.

Remember, the sooner you start preparing, the sooner you can start exploring the state on your own terms.  Get started now!