Your First-Time New Hampshire Drivers License Guide

by Jim Thompson | Last Updated: September 6, 2023

To apply for a New Hampshire license, the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles requires all first-time drivers under the age of 18 to complete a driver education course. A drivers ed course helps new drivers gain the skills necessary to be safe and responsible on the road and is also a great tool to help them pass the required written knowledge test.

Getting Started with Drivers Ed New Hampshire

Unlike other states, New Hampshire does not issue learner permits, so there is no need to obtain one before starting your driver education class. New Hampshire teens can begin supervised practice behind the wheel as long as they are accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or another licensed driver over the age of 25.

If you are under 18 years old and have recently moved to New Hampshire, you can transfer any driving privileges earned in another state as long as it meets NH licensing standard. Otherwise, you will be required to complete a New Hampshire drivers ed course.

How New Hampshire Drivers Ed Works

In New Hampshire, drivers ed programs are available at high schools as well as approved professional driving schools. Consult the DMV website for a list of professional driving schools.

A New Hampshire drivers ed program is at least 46 hours in length. These 46 hours or broken into 30 hours of classroom instruction, 10 hours of behind the wheel practice and six hours of in-car observation.

During the classroom portion of your course, you will be exposed to the following topics:

Getting Your License after Drivers Ed New Hampshire

After you have completed your driver education course, to obtain your license requires that you complete the following steps:

If you are nervous about your written exam, you could always prepare by doing one of the following:

Permit practice tests are a great way to review because they are made from actual New Hampshire DMV questions. You can really increase your confidence by using a permit practice test.