Idaho Permit and Driver's License FAQ

  • Applying for Your ID License
  • Preparing for the ID Permit Test
  • Taking the ID Permit Test
  • Preparing for the ID Driving Test
  • Taking the ID Driving Test
  • Renewing Your ID License
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Applying for Your ID License: Frequently Asked Questions

What are the age requirements for getting started?

Idaho is another state that requires teen drivers to follow a Graduated Driver’s License Program. Here are the program’s four stages and the age requirements of each:

  • 14 ½ years old – Supervised Instruction Permit (SIP)
  • 14 ½ years old – Driver’s Education
  • 15 years old – Underage Driver’s License
  • 18 years old – Regular Driver’s License

What documents am I required to bring with me when applying for a license in Idaho?

For the SIP, you need:

  • Idaho residency proof, such as school enrollment record
  • Legal presence proof
  • Age and Identity proof, such as birth certificate or passport
  • Secondary proof of identity, such as high school photo ID.
  • Social Security Card
  • Proof of school enrollment
  • $21.50 for permit fee and administrative fee

For the underage driver’s license, you need:

  • Idaho residency proof, such as school record
  • Age and identity proof, such as birth certificate or passport
  • Social Security Card
  • Proof of school enrollment
  • Proof of Driver’s Ed completion
  • Payment for $32.50 for driver’s license and administration fees

Here is more information on what documents are acceptable to submit for your SIP or underage license.

Where do I file my ID driver’s license application?

You will apply at your local driver’s license office.

How can I contact my local office?

Do I have to take a Driver’s Ed Course?

Yes, teen drivers in Idaho are required to take driver’s education as part of the state’s GDL program.

What if I am New to Idaho?

If you move to Idaho, you need to transfer an out-of-state license to an Idaho license within 90 days. If you are younger than 17 and do not have a license you will need to show proof of driver’s ed completion or take driver’s ed in Idaho. You will also need to complete the state’s supervised driving requirement.

If you are younger than 17 and have a license from another state you do not need to complete driver’s ed or the supervised driving requirement.

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Preparing for the ID Permit Test: Frequently Asked Questions

What subjects are commonly covered on the written test?

The Idaho tests your knowledge on subjects covered in the state’s driver’s manual, such as road signs, traffic laws and other rules of the road. Here are two examples of content from the driver’s manual that could be on the test:

  • Passing and being passed are normal part of driving, but can increase the risk of an accident. Idaho’s mountains and winding river canyons make passing risky on many two-lane highways. If you must pass, do so only when you won’t interfere with oncoming traffic or the vehicle you’re passing
  • It is against the law for any person in a motor vehicle on a public roadway in Idaho to drink alcoholic beverages, or to transport open (unsealed) containers of alcoholic beverages.

How is the test formatted?

Idaho’s written test is in multiple choice format.

Are there a lot of “trick” questions on the written test?

No, test questions are drawn from the content in the Idaho Driver’s Manual; whether a question surprises you will depend solely on your dedication to studying the manual. Study the manual thoroughly and you shouldn’t have any problems.

How many questions are on the test and how many do I need to answer correctly to pass?

There are 40 questions on the Idaho written test and you need to answer at least 34 questions correctly to pass.

What are the best ways to prepare for the written test?

As indicated previously, you should study the Idaho Driver’s Manual thoroughly. Pay particular attention to statistics and other numbers. To assess your knowledge and identify areas you need to study more, take a practice test online.

Where can I get a free Idaho Driver’s Manual to study?

We offer free copies of the Idaho Driver’s Manual.

How can I improve my odds for passing the first time I take the test?

There is no substitute for studying the driver’s manual, although taking practice tests is another way to improve your knowledge and prepare for the experience of taking the exam. We recommend you do both – study the manual as much as possible and also take practice tests to gauge your understanding and direct your study efforts. Take a practice test now.

What should I do the night before the test?

The night before the test you should review the driver’s manual and take a practice test or two to reinforce your understanding of the material. What you should not do is stay up all night cramming for the exam. Hopefully, you have studied enough prior to this night to pass so you can get a good night’s sleep and be ready for the test the next day.

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Taking the ID Permit Test: Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to make an appointment to take the written test?

If your local driver’s license office accepts appointments, it is recommended that you do make one.

Where do I take the written test?

You will take the test at the local driver’s license office.

What do I need to bring when I sit for the written test?

  • Idaho residency proof, such as school enrollment record
  • Legal presence proof
  • Age and Identity proof, such as birth certificate or passport
  • Secondary proof of identity, such as high school photo ID
  • Social Security Card
  • Proof of school enrollment
  • $21.50 for permit fee and administrative fee

Here is more information about what documents are acceptable to submit.

Who should accompany me to the written test?

You should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Do I need to pay a fee to take the written test?

Yes, you will need to pay a $15 permit fee and a $6.50 administrative fee.

What should I expect when I sit for the written test?

You will be asked 40 questions covering various traffic signs, traffic laws and other rules of the road in Idaho. You will need to answer at least 34 questions correctly to pass. There is no time limit for the test so you can take as long as you like to complete it. You cannot refer to the state driver’s manual or any notes when taking the test. To get more familiar with the test format, you can take an Idaho written practice test.

What happens after I pass the written test?

You will receive your SIP, or learner’s permit, and can begin supervised driving practice. You need to complete 50 hours of supervised driving practice, with at least 10 hours at night.

What happens if I fail the written test?

You can retake the test.

When can I retake the written test?

You must wait at least three days to retake the test.

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Preparing for the ID Driving Test: Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve passed the written permit test, what are the next steps?

Now that you have your learner’s permit you can begin supervised driving practice to prepare for the state road test. When practicing driving you must be accompanied by a licensed who is at least 21 years old. Also, all passengers must wear seatbelts or be in child restraints and you must have your SIP with you.

How long after getting my Learner’s Permit can I apply for a license?

Requirements to receive your underage license are:

  • You must have held your SIP for six months with no traffic conviction or learner’s permit violations
  • You must be at least 15 years old
  • You must have completed 50 hours of behind-the-wheel driving practice, with 10 hours completed at night

Can I drive anywhere in Idaho with my Learner’s Permit?

Yes, as long as you are accompanied by a licensed driver age 21 or older.

Should I practice driving solely during the day?

No, Idaho also requires that you get at least 10 hours of practice driving at night.

Does anyone have to be in the car with me when I’m driving with my Learner’s Permit?

Yes, you must always be accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years of age.

What should I do if I have a lost Idaho Learner’s Permit?

To obtain a duplicate go to your local driver’s license office. Be sure to bring identification documents similar to the ones you used to get your permit in the first place.

How can I be sure I’m prepared to ace the driving test?

Be sure to log the 50 hours of driving practice required by the state. During your practice, focus on applying Idaho’s rules of the road. Also, be sure to listen to your driving supervisor and put their tips to work in your driving as well. In the end, lots of practice time is essential to getting comfortable behind the wheel.

Are there particular driving maneuvers I should practice?

You should practice parking, stopping, turns, lane changes and defensive driving techniques, such as using your mirrors and signals.

How can I simulate the driving test?

Practice the maneuvers that are likely to be on the test, such as using a parking space, two and three-point turns, making a regular turn, coming to a complete stop, making proper lane changes and following at a safe distance. If possible, try to drive the roads that are used in the test to get familiar with them.

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Taking the ID Driving Test: Frequently Asked Questions

How do I schedule my driving test?

Contact your local driver’s license office.

Where do I take the driving test?

What should I bring to the driving test?

  • Idaho residency proof, such as school record
  • Age and identity proof, such as birth certificate or passport
  • Social Security Card
  • Proof of school enrollment
  • Proof of Driver’s Ed completion
  • Payment for $32.50 for driver’s license and administration fees

You also need:

  • A working vehicle
  • Vehicle registration
  • Proof of insurance
  • Your valid Idaho SIP
  • Proof of practice driving hours

Who should bring me to the driving test?

A licensed parent or legal guardian should bring you.

What will I be asked to do on the driving test?

During the test, you will complete a basic maneuver course that will include turns, stops, starts, parking and more. You will also be asked to drive in traffic.

What are the most common reasons new drivers fail the driving test?

Nerves are a big reason why many drivers fail. The best way to ensure your remain calm is to get a lot of driving practice before the test. The more familiar you are with what you have to do and the more confident you are that you can do the required maneuvers the less likely you are to be nervous on test day and make a silly but costly mistake.

What are five mistakes I should be sure to avoid when taking the driving test?

  • Failure to signal
  • Failure to check mirrors when changing lanes
  • Not paying attention to speed and going over the posted limit
  • Following the car in front of you too closely
  • Not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign or traffic light

What happens if I fail the driving test?

You may retake the test in three days.

Will I have to repay the test fee?

Yes, each time you retake the test you will have to pay the test fee.

I’ve passed the road test, now what?

You will receive your underage license.

What restrictions come with an Idaho license?

Drivers under 16 years old:

  • You can drive alone only during the day. A driver who is at least 21 years old must ride the front passenger seat if you are driving at night.
  • Also, you can have no passengers in the front seat other than a supervising driver.

Drivers under 17 years old:

  • For the first six months, you can only have one passenger who is under 17, unless the other passengers under 17 are family members.

What are the insurance requirements for drivers in ID?

Idaho drivers are required to have car insurance. Idaho law has set minimum insurance requirements at the following levels:

  • $25,000 for the injury or death of one person
  • $50,000 for the injury or death of more than one person in a single accident
  • $15,000 for property damage
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Renewing Your ID License: Frequently Asked Questions

What if I need to renew my license or replace a lost/stolen license?

Fees to renew your license are $15 for 1 year (17 years old); $30 for 4 years (21 years old and older); and $55 for 8 years (21 to 62 years old).
If you have a lost or stolen license, you must go to your local driver’s license office in person to get a duplicate. The Transportation Department will have your photo on file but you will still need to show identification documents.

Where can I renew my Idaho driver’s license?

You can renew your license by mail or in person at your local DMV office.

Will I be required to take a vision test when renewing my license?

If required to renew in person, you will need to take a vision test. The Idaho vision test requires you to see 20/40 with or without correction.

If you must wear corrective lenses to pass the test, a corrective lenses restriction will be added to your license.

If you take the test and fail, you will be sent to a licensed vision specialist who will conduct a full vision examination and complete a report that you will have to take back to the DMV.


The Idaho DMV Test — What You Need to Know

Imagine getting your Idaho learners permit and sitting behind the wheel for the first time.  What a truly awesome feeling.  A learners permit provides you with a new found sense of freedom and independence. However, before you can earn such a privilege, you’ll have to prove you’re ready for it.

Idaho’s Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires all potential drivers to pass a drivers written knowledge test otherwise known as the Idaho permit test. It consists of a series of multiple-choice questions covering the rules of the road, Idaho motor vehicle laws, techniques for safe driving, and a variety of road signs.

Get the Practice You Need With ID DMV Practice Permit Tests

Some people fail the permit test simply because of test anxiety. However, most fail simply because they didn’t properly prepare.  With statistics revealing that nearly 70% of first time test-takers fail, it’s essential that you start preparing with the right tools.

Here, you’ll find some a powerful set of resources to help you prepare for your Idaho permit test.  Our interactive Idaho practice permit tests are a great method for getting valuable feedback on what areas you need to spend more time on.  The practice tests have been developed to simulate the testing environment as closely as possible by using the same multiple-choice format you’ll encounter on test day.  You’ll also find a copy of the official Idaho’s Driver’s Handbook for reference.  Need a motorcycle permit or license?  We have study tools to help you prepare for that test as well.