How to Pass the Idaho Permit Test

idaho-road-signIf you want to pass the Idaho permit test and eventually become a fully licensed driver, you will need to become familiar with the state’s Graduated License Program (GDL). The GDL helps to ensure you are comfortable with the rules of the road before you go on to become an unrestricted driver.

In the state of Idaho, the GDL process consists of obtaining:

  • A Supervised Instruction Permit (SIP), also known as the learner’s permit.
  • An Intermediate License.
  • A Full, Unrestricted License.

In this step-by-step guide, we will show you how to pass the Idaho permit test and go on to become a fully licensed driver.

Step I: The Idaho Supervised Instruction Permit

When you are 14 and a half years old, you may apply for your Driver Training Instruction Permit, which will allow you to participate in a required, state-approved driver’s education course. Once you have completed this course, you can apply for your Supervised Instruction Permit (SIP), more commonly known as the learner’s permit. The permit will allow you to practice driving with a licensed driver age 21 or older seated next to you.

To receive your permit, you must pass a written knowledge test (also known as the permit test) that will show how well you know the rules of the road as well as different traffic signs and signals.

Study, Study, Study

If you want to do well on the test, you will need to study as hard as you can. We provide a free copy of the Idaho Driver’s Manual, and you can request a physical copy at your local Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) office.

Consider Practice Exams

Taking practice exams is a great way to make sure you’ve absorbed the information you’ve been studying. Our Idaho practice permit test includes much of the same subject matter from the actual test and is a great resource for learning.

Check That You Have the Required Materials and Visit Your Local ITD Office or Testing Location

Before you leave to do your testing, make sure you bring:

  • A certified U.S. birth certificate, passport or another approved proof of identity. You must bring at least one proof of identity that shows your photograph.
  • Proof if Idaho residency (a school enrollment record will work).
  • Proof of lawful presence (your birth certificate will accomplish this).
  • Your Social Security Card.
  • Proof that you are enrolled in school or have graduated.
  • Proof that you have completed your required driver’s education course.
  • A parent or guardian to sign your liability forms.
  • $15 for testing and permit fees

Do Your Testing

Try to relax as you take your test. You have studied hard, and you will do better if you stay positive. After you pass, you will need to do a vision screening to make sure you can see well enough to drive. You must maintain 20/40 vision to drive in the state of Idaho.

Start Practicing

While holding your permit, you have to complete 50 hours of supervised driving, with 10 of those hours taking place at night.

Step II: The Idaho Intermediate License

When you are 15 years old, you have completed driver’s education, you have held your SIP for at least 6 months and you have finished your 50 hours of practice driving, you are ready to apply for your Intermediate license. Visit your local ITD office or testing location, bringing along:

  • Your parent or guardian.
  • $39 for testing and license fees.
  • Your SIP (or learner’s permit)
  • Proof of completed driver’s education course.
  • Proof of enrollment or completion of school.

At this point, you will be given a skills test (behind-the-wheel test) to determine whether you can safely drive. When you pass, you will be given your Intermediate license, which comes with some restrictions:

  • At age 15, you may only drive in daylight unless supervised by a licensed driver age 21 or above.
  • At age 16, you may drive at night, but you still can’t drive with more than one passenger under the age of 17 unless those passengers are family members.

Step III: The Full, Unrestricted Idaho Driver’s License

When you are 16 years old and you have completed all the above-mentioned requirements, you can visit your local ITD office and exchange your Intermediate License for your full driver’s license. Congratulations! You are now a licensed driver.

Additional Information

You do not qualify for an Idaho driver’s license if:

  • You have not enrolled in or completed school.
  • You have a habitual alcohol or drug habit.
  • You are suffering from a mental or physical disorder that could affect your ability to drive safely.