For first-time drivers under the age of 17, getting a license through the Wyoming graduated licensing program is a step-by-step process. The first step is getting an instruction permit, the next an intermediate permit and, finally, you will be able to apply for your full driver license. All of these steps may be supplemented by taking a driver education course.
Should You Take Drivers Ed Wyoming?
The earliest age at which you can get a full privilege Wyoming driver license is 16 ½, but only if you have completed a driver education course. State-approved driver education courses may be available through your high school, local community college or at an authorized driver training school. The drivers ed requirement is lifted on your 17th birthday.
Even if you have no intention of applying for your full license before you turn 17, a Wyoming drivers ed course could help you prepare for getting your instruction and intermediate permits. If this is the case for you, you could take advantage of an online driver education course.
Getting a Learner Permit
You can begin the application process for a Wyoming learner permit at age 15. To apply for this instruction permit, you’ll have to visit your local DMV office and supply the following:
- A valid birth certificate
- A parent or guardian signed license application
- A $20 license fee
To eliminate any confusion about acceptable ID documents, visit the driver license general information page on the Wyoming DOT website.
After you have submitted your payment and documents, you will then need to pass a vision and a written knowledge test. You can prepare for your written exam by studying the Wyoming driver handbook or by taking a permit practice test. Wyoming practice tests are made from questions seen on actual Wyoming DMV permit examinations. It is a great confidence builder when you know the questions you will see before you even walk in take your exam.
With your learner permit, you can begin fulfilling the practice driving requirement of the graduated licensing program. You will need to complete 50 hours practice driving supervised by licensed driver at least 18 years of age. These hours must be documented on a Form FSGDL-01.
Step Two – Moving to Your Intermediate Learner Permit
If you are 16, have held your learner permit for six months and have completed 50 hours of supervised driving, you are now ready to apply for your intermediate learner permit. The documents you will submit to the DMV office will be the same ones you presented to get your learner permit with the addition of your supervised driving log. After your documents have been approved you will then be required to pass a driving skills road test.
While called a permit, this certification functions more like license except that it carries some restrictions:
- The permit holder can only transport one passenger younger than 18 years of age unless they are immediate family members.
- The permit holder can only drive between the hours of 5 AM and 11 PM unless accompanied by a licensed driver over the age of 18. Exceptions to this rule would include medical emergencies or the need to drive to work or school.