Getting an Idaho Instruction Permit
Like a lot of states, Idaho employs a Graduated Driver Licensing program. This means that drivers under the age of 18 must hold a few different types of drivers permits before they turn 18. The first of these is the Idaho Supervised Instruction Permit – and getting one is the first step in becoming a fully licensed Idaho driver.
Idaho Supervised Instruction Permit Requirements
Getting your Idaho supervised instruction permit – or SIP – isn’t terribly difficult; it’s a part of your overall Idaho drivers education. In fact, you’ll need to get your Idaho SIP before you take your state-mandated drivers ed course. Here’s what you’ll need to know.
How the Idaho Supervised Instruction Permit Works
The first step towards getting your Idaho drivers license is to apply for your permit. You’ll need to be at least 14 ½ years old, and you’ll need to apply in-person at your nearest Idaho Driver’s License Office. Make sure you bring the following with you:
- Proof of your Idaho residency, such as your school enrollment records.
- Proof of your legal presence in the U.S.
- Proof of your age and identity, such as your:
- Certified original birth certificate.
- U.S. passport.
- A secondary proof of your identity with information that supports your primary document, such as a high school photo ID.
- Your Social Security card.
- Proof of your school enrollment. (Contact your school or the DMV for more information.)
- Payment for the $15 permit fee and $6.50 administrative fee.
- You must be accompanied by your parent or legal guardian.
Once you’ve gotten your Idaho SIP, you can enroll in a drivers education course. The drivers education course must be licensed by the state; your high school may offer drivers ed, but if not you can take the course from a commercial driving school. For more information about the drivers education process in Idaho, visit the state’s official Drivers Education page.
Your Idaho SIP enables you to complete your behind-the-wheel instruction portion of your drivers ed course, a total of 6 hours. But that’s not all! Before you can get your license, you’ll need to log an additional 50 hours of supervised driving with your licensed parent or guardian, 10 of which must be at night.