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New Hampshire DMV Learner's Permit FAQ

  • When can I apply for a permit in New Hampshire?

    At age 16, New Hampshire teen drivers can apply for a youth operator license.

  • What are the requirements to get a learners permit?

    While the state does not issue Learner’s Permits, teen drivers who are at least 16 years of age and who have completed an approved driver education course and accumulated 40 hours of driving practice can apply for a youth operator license. To receive this license, you will need to pass a written knowledge test and a vision test.

  • How many questions are on the permit test?

    There are 20 general questions and 10 road sign questions for a total of 30 questions in all.

  • How many questions must I answer correctly to pass?

    At must answer at least 16 of the 20 general questions and at least 9 out of the 10 road sign questions to pass.

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

    To ensure that you receive your learner’s permit as soon as possible, you are encouraged to study for the written knowledge test. One of the best ways to study for the test is to take online practice exams that provide real sample questions from the state exam. Click on the link to take a New Hampshire practice permit test and test your driving knowledge.

  • What percentage of people fail the permit test?

    Two out of every three first-time test takers is expected to fail the test, according to the latest statistics. In some states, if you fail the exam, you must wait at least a day to retake the exam. You also may be required to pay a re-examination fee. To improve your chances of passing, take multiple practice exams that have been designed to closely replicate the actual test, like those found here.

  • How much does the permit test cost?

    There is a $50 fee.

  • Where do I take the permit test?

    The New Hampshire Department of Safety’s Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is responsible for licensing drivers. Visit http://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/dmv/index.htm to find a local office.

  • What documents should I bring on test day?

    To apply for a youth operator license, you will need to bring a completed application, proof of identity, a driver education completion certificate, a parent or guardian authorization certificate and a log sheet. You will also need to pass a written knowledge test, a vision test and a road test. An appointment is required for the road test, however, you cannot schedule the appointment until you have already passed the written test and the vision test.

The New Hampshire DMV Learner’s Permit — What You Need to Know

You’ll never forget the day you receive your driver’s license.  For many people, it symbolizes the passage into adulthood. While for others, it symbolizes freedom and independence.  But before you can get your hands on your very own driver’s license, the state of New Hampshire has a few requirements.

While the state of New Hampshire does not issue learner’s permits, the New Hampshire’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) still requires you to pass a written knowledge test before issuing you a driver’s license. The test is designed to determine your understanding of the rules of the road, state traffic laws, and road signs.

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Failing the written test can be an embarrassing experience. Not only do you leave the DMV office empty handed but you also have to come back to take the test all over again.

Our goal is to help you prepare for the test with confidence.

We’ve done the hard work for you by gathering only the best study resources, including providing you with our sample interactive New Hampshire practice permit test. You’ll also find a copy of  the official  New Hampshire Driver’s Manual. Need a motorcycle license?  We have resources to help you pass the motorcycle written test as well.  Our New Hampshire study material is a great place to start as you prepare for your test. Don’t put it off any longer.  It’s time to prepare for success.

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