Getting your Oklahoma driver’s license is easy. Just like any other state, you need to be old enough, submit the right paperwork to the Department of Public Safety, and pass certain tests. There are slightly different requirements depending on if you're over or under the age of 18. Here’s what you need to know about getting your Oklahoma driver's license.
Getting Your Permit If You’re Under 18
If you’re under the age of 18 and applying for a driver’s license in Oklahoma for the first time, you’ll first need a learner’s permit. For this, you need to be at least 15 ½ years old and you must appear before a driver license examiner as well.
At the examiner location, you’ll need to take a vision and written driving test. You can prep for the written exam with the help of a convenient online course approved by the Oklahoma Department of Safety. The course covers test subjects such as:
Road signs and signals
Defensive driving strategies
Merging and lane changes
Nighttime and various weather driving scenarios
Once you pass your in-person exam, the examiner issues a form you take to a tag agency, where you pay a fee and receive your learner’s permit. At the tag agency, your parent will need to be present. You'll also need:
Primary ID (usually a certified birth certificate)
Proof of Social Security number
Documentation of enrollment in a secondary or vocational school
Documentation of enrollment in a driver’s education course or program (if you're between 15 ½ and 16)
If you have already turned 16 and have not had a permit, you will still need to pass the written driving exam and vision exam before you can get your permit. Finally, for anyone under the age of 18, you must have a permit for at least six months before applying for a license.
Applying for Your License If You're Under 18
Once you’ve had your learner’s permit for six months, had no road violations, and have turned 16, you can apply for your driver’s license. You’ll need to pass a road test, also called a driving skills exam, at one of the examiner sites. Once you pass, you’ll be issued an intermediate license with the following provisions:
You can only drive between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. except for activities related to school, church, or work. You can also drive outside these hours if you’re accompanied by a licensed driver at least 21 years old.
You can only have one passenger or only people who live in your home in the car. You can have additional passengers if a 21-year-old licensed driver is in the car with you.
If you’ve had driver’s education, had an intermediate license for six months, and took at least 50 hours of behind-the-wheel training, verified by an affidavit, you can apply for an unrestricted license, even if you’re still under 18 years old.
If You’re Over 18
If you’re over the age of 18 and applying for a license for the first time, you'll be able to get an unrestricted license once you pass the vision, written, and road tests. You don't need to get a permit first, but if you choose to get one to practice driving, you need to hold it for at least 30 days before applying for a license. To apply for your license, you’ll need the following documentation:
Primary ID, usually a state-certified birth certificate
Proof of Social Security number
Proof of automobile insurance
Make sure you are taking the driving exam with an automobile you know has insurance coverage. Melanie Musson, a car insurance and driving experts with CarInsuranceComparison.com, an educational site about car insurance options, says about 10% of Oklahoma drivers drive without car insurance.
“Most of the time, people drive uninsured because they don’t want to or can’t afford to pay for insurance coverage,” she added.
If you’re in need of driver’s education in Oklahoma, consider iDriveSafely.com. In addition to teen driver’s education courses, we also have defensive driving/ticket dismissal classes and insurance discount classes for mature and younger drivers as well. Classes can be done in person or online and are fully approved by the Department of Public Safety.