So you went through the trouble of obtaining your learner’s permit, and now you’ve moved to another state. Don’t worry. Most likely you won’t have to go through all the steps that you went through the first time around, but it still may take a little work. Thankfully, there is generally a pretty easy transfer process that you can use to get a permit in the new state as well.
You May Have to Retake the Test
While it isn’t always the case, in some instances you will be required to retake your written exam after moving to a new state. This isn’t to make it difficult for you to obtain your permit, but to ensure that you know the laws of the state you live in now. Make sure to determine the new state’s policy before going through the trouble of retaking the test.
Driver’s Ed Requirements
If you completed Driver’s Ed, or you weren’t required to do so in your other state, you have to consider that it might be required in your new state. Some states mandate the class in order to obtain a permit, while others do not. Make sure that you know the rules for your new state so that you know what you have to do to obtain that permit. If you already took Driver’s Ed in your old state, you might be able to avoid taking it once again in the new location, but only if you can show proof.
Consider Age Requirements
If you moved to a state with a higher age requirement for a permit, you might have to accept that you won’t be able to drive until you get older. Unfortunately, whatever the age limit is in the new state, you’ll have to accept it as your new limit. It may mean your permit becomes your birthday present next year!
Bring the Proper Documents
When you go to have your permit transferred, make sure to have all of the following documents to make things easier at the new DMV:
- Your old permit
- Social Security card
- Proof of residency
- Other official identification such as a passport or state ID
- Proof that you took driver’s Ed, such as a certificate from the class
If you bring these things with you, the transfer process will go more smoothly, and you’ll have your permit before you know it. This is the quickest and easiest way to ensure that you get your new permit.
You’ll also likely have to pay a permit fee in the new state, which means the money you spent on that old permit isn’t doing you any good any longer. Just make sure that you have the right amount and proper method of payment when you show up to the permit office so you can begin practicing your driving skills in the new state.