How to Apply for Oklahoma Driver's License: Step-by-Step Guide (2019)

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How Does It Work?

For most people, life in The Sooner State is unimaginable without a car. Commuting to Tulsa and Oklahoma City or travelling to explore the Ouachita Mountains and the Flint Hills will require you to have a driver license. Follow this full step-by-step guide to getting, renewing or transferring your driver license in Oklahoma and enjoy your drive!

Get a learner permit

Allows you to practice driving under supervision.

Get an intermediate license

Allows you to drive unsupervised with restrictions.

Get a Full (Adult) License

Allows you to drive with no restrictions.

Types of Driver Licenses in Oklahoma

For each license type there's a corresponding type of instruction permit
Oklahoma Class D Driver's License
Class D Regular
It is the most common driver license that allows you to operate cars and trucks, including recreational vehicles and fire trucks. It includes all noncommercial vehicles with a GVWR of less than 26,001 pounds. Read the OK Driver's Manual or take a free OK DPS practice test.
Oklahoma Class A/B/C Driver's License
Class A/B/C Commercial
These are commercial driver licenses (CDL) that allow you to operate any combination of vehicles with gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 pounds or more provided the GVRW of the vehicle towed is more than 10,000 pounds (Class A); any vehicle with GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more or towing a vehicle with GVWR not in excess of 10,000 pounds (Class B); any single vehicle that transports 16 or more passengers (including the driver) or is placarded for transportation of hazardous materials (Class C). Read the OK CDL Manual or take a free OK CDL practice test.
Oklahoma Motorcycle Driver's License
Class M
It allows you to operate motorcycles on public roads. You may either get it or a motorcycle endorsement. The latter requires a valid license of another class. Read the OK Motorcycle Operator Manual or take a free OK motorcycle practice test.

How to Apply for Your Class D Driver License in Oklahoma

To apply for your first driver license in Oklahoma, you must gather documentation and pass a vision, written and drive test. This is your complete plan of action depending on your age.

How to Apply for Your Learner Permit in Oklahoma

Getting a learner permit is the first step of Oklahoma Graduated Driving Licensing System for teenagers between 15 ½ and 18 years of age. The permit allows you to drive between 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. supervised by a licensed driver of at least 21 years of age. If you are 18+, you may also apply for a learner permit if you need to practice supervised driving before the road test.

1GET DRIVER EDUCATION IF UNDER 16 ½ YEARS OF AGE

You must be receiving or have completed driver education. You will have to provide a certificate, green card from public school driver's ed or a contract for driver's education from a commercial school or a parent-taught driver's education affidavit.

2APPLY IN PERSON

You will have to visit a driver license exam site. Use this map to find a convenient location near you. You may make an appointment online to save time in line. Note that some centers are staffed with one examiner only and they may stop accepting walk-ins much earlier than their formal closing time.

3BRING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

  • State-certified birth certificate or another form of Primary ID
  • Social Security Card or another form of Secondary ID
  • Social Security Number
  • Letter from an Oklahoma school stating that you meet enrollment, reading and attendance requirements or an alternative document ( if under the age of 18)
  • Driver education document if between 15 ½ and 16 years of age (check step 1)
  • Documents that proof legal name change (if applicable)

4PASS A VISION TEST

You pass if your visual acuity is 20/60 or better with or without corrective lenses, or 20/50 or better in one eye.

5PASS A WRITTEN TEST

There are 50 questions about Oklahoma driving laws and safe driving practices. If you fail the test, you may retake it for the fee of $4.00 as early as the next business day. Read Frequently Asked Questions about the Written Test and practice with OK DPS practice tests before you go.

6VISIT A TAG AGENCY

Here is a full list of Tag Agents. Bring the form issued by a license examiner that confirms you have passed vision and written tests. You will be also required to provide primary and secondary identification.

7PAY THE FEES

Application fee: $4.00. If you took your written test more than once, you will have to add $4.00 for each attempt.

Permit fee: $38.50.

8RECEIVE YOUR PERMIT

You will hold your permit for at least 6 months if you are under the age of 18. If you are 18+, hold your permit for at least 30 days before applying for the driver license.

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How to Apply for Intermediate Driver License in Oklahoma

Getting an intermediate license is the second step of Oklahoma Graduated Driving Licensing System for teenagers between 16 and 18 years of age. It allows you to drive on your own but with several restrictions:

  • No driving between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless you are driving for school, church or work activities; or accompanied by a licensed adult 21+.
  • No more than one passenger that doesn't live in your home unless accompanied by a licensed adult 21+.
  1. HOLD YOUR LEARNER PERMIT FOR AT LEAST 6 MONTHS

    Make sure you don't get any traffic convictions during this time.

  2. COMPLETE DRIVER EDUCATION (IF UNDER 16 ½ YEARS OF AGE)

    If you haven't completed it before getting your permit. You must complete public school driver's ed or driver's education from a commercial school or a parent-taught driver's education. If you are between 16 ½ and 18, you don't have to get driver education, however, if you have completed it, bring the certificate to your drive test appointment.

  3. PRACTICE DRIVING

    You must have at least 50 hours of behind-the-wheel training, at least 10 of which are at night. Your trainer may be any licensed driver at least 21 years of age who has been licensed for at least 2 years. Your parent/guardian is required to certify it by signing Affidavit of Driver Training.

  4. MAKE A DRIVE TEST APPOINTMENT

    You may schedule your appointment online. If you need to reschedule, you may do it with no charge until one minute before the appointment time.

  5. BRING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED
    • Your learner permit (If you lost it, bring another form of primary ID)
    • A secondary ID ( e.g. your SSN card)
    • Your Social Security Number
    • Driver Education Completion Certificate (required for under 16 ½ years of age)
    • Insurance Security Verification Form
      The form must have the VIN number matching the vehicle you will be driving.

    The drive test at DPS is administered at no charge.

  6. BRING PARENT OR GUARDIAN

    If they cannot come, bring the Affidavit of Driver Training completed by your parent/guardian in front of a notary public.

  7. BRING A VEHICLE IN GOOD ORDER

    It must have a current tag and valid insurance.

  8. PASS YOUR DRIVE (SKILLS TEST)

    The test will check your ability to drive safely. Read about the drive test procedures here. If you fail the drive test, your examiner will let you know when you may retake it.

  9. VISIT A TAG AGENCY

    Here is a full list of Tag Agents where you will be able to purchase your license. You must bring the following:

    • primary and secondary identification
    • paperwork issued by the examiner
    • your learner permit

  10. RECEIVE YOUR INTERMEDIATE LICENSE

    You must hold it for at least 6 months or reach 18 years of age to get an unrestricted license. There mustn't be any traffic convictions on your driving record.

How to Apply for Adult (Unrestricted) Driver License in Oklahoma

If you have never been licensed and you are over 18 years of age, start with step 1.

If you are under 18 and have never been licensed, go to How to Apply for Your Learner Permit in Oklahoma.

If you are over 18 and hold a learner permit, start with step 6.

If you are under 18 but hold an OK intermediate license, you may get your unrestricted license earlier. If you have completed your driving education, you may apply for adult license after 6 months of holding an intermediate license. If you haven't completed the driver education, you may apply for your adult license after a year of holding your intermediate license.

1APPLY IN PERSON

You will have to visit a driver license exam site. Use this map to find a convenient location near you. You may make an appointment online to save time in line. Note that some centers are staffed with one examiner only and they may stop accepting walk-ins much earlier than their formal closing time.

2BRING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

  • State-certified birth certificate or another form of Primary ID
  • Social Security Card or another form of Secondary ID
  • Social Security Number
  • Documents that proof legal name change ( if applicable)

3PASS A VISION TEST

You pass if your visual acuity is 20/60 or better with or without corrective lenses, or 20/50 or better in one eye.

4PASS A WRITTEN TEST

There are 50 questions about Oklahoma driving laws and safe driving practices. If you fail the test, you may retake it for the fee of $4.00 as early as the next business day. Read Frequently Asked Questions about the Written Test and practice with free OK DPS practice tests before you go.

5GET A LEARNER PERMIT (OPTIONAL)

If you feel the need to practice driving before the drive test, you may get a learner permit. It will allow you to drive supervised at all times by a licensed driver of at least 21 years of age. To do it, visit a Tag agency and pay $ 4.00 + $38.50 for the permit issuance. You will have to hold your learner permit for at least 30 days before taking the road test.

6MAKE A DRIVE TEST APPOINTMENT

You may schedule your appointment online. If you need to reschedule, you may do it with no charge until one minute before the appointment time.

7BRING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

  • State-certified birth certificate or another form of Primary ID
  • A secondary ID ( e.g. your SSN card)
  • Your Social Security Number
  • Insurance Security Verification Form. The form must have the VIN number matching the vehicle you will be driving. The drive test at DPS is administered at no charge.

8BRING A VEHICLE IN GOOD ORDER

It must have a current tag and valid insurance.

9PASS YOUR DRIVE (SKILLS TEST)

The test will check your ability to drive safely. Read about the drive test procedures here. If you fail the drive test, your examiner will let you know when you may retake it.

10VISIT A TAG AGENCY

Here is a full list of Tag Agents where you will be able to purchase your license. You must bring primary and secondary identification.

11PAY THE FEE

$4.00 + $38.50. If you had to retake a written test, your retesting fees ( $4.00 for each attempt) will be added to the total.

12RECEIVE YOUR DRIVER LICENSE

Oklahoma Written Test aka Knowledge Test

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What does the test include?
The test consists of 50 multiple-choice questions that cover OK traffic laws, safe-driving practices and drug/alcohol laws and effects. To pass the test, you will have to answer at least 40 of the questions correctly and get the 80% passing score. The test may be administered on paper or computer depending on the location.
How to prepare for the test?
Study OK Driver's Manual as all questions are based on the information provided there. Then prepare with the help of our practice tests available here. When you feel comfortable with your score, you are ready! You can also download our free DMV Genie app to study on the go. Get it on the App Store or on Google Play.
What common errors must I avoid when taking the OK written test?
The most common mistake comes from not knowing enough information out of the manual. This happens when people study solely with practice tests. Make sure you read the handbook first. Another problem is rushing through questions. Take your time and remember what you have studied.
Can I use the manual when taking the actual test?
No, it’s considered cheating. Moreover, you mustn’t use your phone or other wireless devices.
Can I take the written test orally?
Yes, but the appointment may be required.
What happens if I fail the test?
You may retake in as early as the next business day.

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Road Test

Step-by-Step Guide
What to expect during OK drive test
Road Test FAQ

You will be asked to demonstrate your ability to drive safely with the traffic and perform basic driving patterns.

If you take the test at your local DPS, there will not charge you anything for it. You may schedule your drive test appointment online. If you need to reschedule, you may do it with no charge until one minute before the appointment time.

If you have taken driver education, you may schedule your exam at your school or DPS. Your school may charge up to $25.00 for the test.

Before the test

Arrive on time and bring the following

  • A primary ID ( if you are under 18 years of age, it must be your learner permit)
  • A secondary ID ( e.g. your SSN card)
  • Your Social Security Number
  • Driver Education Completion Certificate (required for under 16 ½ years of age)
  • Insurance Security Verification Form. The form must have the VIN number matching the vehicle you will be driving.

Note the following:

  • If you are under 18, you must be accompanied by your parent or legal guardian.
  • The vehicle you bring must be in good order and have a current tag and valid insurance.
  • No pets or passengers will be allowed in your car during the test.
  • The test won't be administered in case the examiner decides that the road is hazardous or slick.
During the test

The examiner will sit next to you and will give you instructions. Your job is to drive lawfully and safely as well as follow the instructions.

The examiner will check if you can fulfil the following maneuvers:

  • Right and left turns
  • Backing
  • Parking on a hill
  • Parallel parking
  • Driving in the correct lane
  • Using signals appropriately
  • Obeying traffic signs, signals and markings
  • Giving and accepting right-of-way appropriately
  • Observing other vehicles and pedestrians
  • Responding to traffic situation
  • Controlling the vehicle

You will fail you test if

  • You make too many errors.
  • You drive dangerously.
  • You break the law.
  • You refuse to follow the examiner's instructions.
  • You get into traffic collision.
At the End of the Test
The examiner will let you know if you passed or failed. If you pass, you will be given paperwork to present at the Tag agent and receive your license. If you fail, you may retake your exam on a later day as instructed by the examiner. If you fail for the third time, you will be required to wait 30 days before your next attempt.

How to Renew Your Driver License in Oklahoma

  • Your OK Driver License will expire every 4 years. You may renew it up to one year before its expiration. If you are a US citizen or permanent resident, you may go straight to a Tag agent. If you are a resident alien, you will have to present your immigration documents to a Driver License Examiner first.

    If your license expired more than 3 years ago, you will be required to retake vision, written and skills tests.

    Plan of action

    1. Visit a Tag agent. If your license expired more than a year ago, you will have to present a certified birth certificate. You may make an appointment online to save time in line.
    2. Provide one primary and one secondary identification document.
    3. Have your picture taken. See top 7 tips for an excellent driver's license photo.
    4. Pay the fees. In most cases you will pay the license fee of $38.50. If you are older than 62, you will pay between $13.75 and $21.25. If you are older than 65, the renewal is free.
    5. Receive your new license.
  • You may renew your Oklahoma driver license by mail if you are out of state when your license expires. You may renew your license up to one year before its expiration.

    Plan of Action

    1. Send the following information:
      1. Your full name and date of birth
      2. Your license number
      3. Your Oklahoma residential address. If your residential address has changed, update it here before sending your license renewal request.
      4. Your out of state/country address. Your new license will be sent there.
      5. Copy of Primary identification
      6. Copy of Secondaryidentification
      7. $38.50, payable to the "Department of Public Safety"

    2. Mail your packet to:
      Department of Public Safety
      Driver License Services, Renewal By Mail
      PO Box 11415
      Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73136
    3. Your new license will be sent to your out-of-state/out-of-country address.
  • Oklahoma DPS doesn’t allow online renewals at this time.

New Residents: How to Get the Oklahoma Driver License

If you move to Oklahoma, you must transfer your driver license as soon as you establish your OK residency.
Out-of-state license Foreign license
Residing temporarily?
Are you a visiting California

You don't have to transfer your out of state driver license if you are

  • A college student studying in Oklahoma whose permanent home is in another state
  • A member of the armed forces stationed in Oklahoma as well as your spouses and children who intend to return to your home state.

I’ve Got a Valid Out-of-State License

Moving from another US state or territory? Welcome to Oklahoma!
Moving from another state?

To transfer your out-of-state or territory driver license, you must collect required documentation, visit a driver license exam site, pass a vision screening test and pay the fee at the Tag agent’s.

Plan of Action
  1. APPLY IN PERSON

    You will have to visit a driver license exam site. Use this map to find a convenient location near you. You may make an appointment online to save time in line. Note that some centers are staffed with one examiner only and they may stop accepting walk-ins much earlier than their formal closing time.

  2. BRING DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED
    • Your out-of-state driver license
    • State-certified birth certificate or another form of Primary ID
    • Social Security Card or another form of Secondary ID
    • Social Security Number
    • Documents that proof legal name change (if applicable)
    • English translation of your traffic record dated within 60 days (only if you are transferring the license from American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U. S. Virgin Islands)

  3. PASS A VISION TEST

    You pass if your visual acuity is 20/60 or better with or without corrective lenses, or 20/50 or better in one eye.

  4. VISIT A TAG AGENCY

    Here is a full list of Tag Agents where you will be able to purchase your license.

  5. BRING DOCUMENTATION
    • out-of-state driver license
    • one primary ID
    • one secondary ID
    • paperwork received at the driver license exam site

  6. PAY THE FEE

    $38.50.

  7. RECEIVE YOUR OK DRIVER LICENSE
driver's license in Oklahoma

Your New Oklahoma driver license will be valid for 4 years. It will usually expire at the end of the same month it was issued but in four years.

I've Got a Valid Foreign License

Moving from another country? Welcome to Oklahoma!
If you have a driver license from another country, you will have to take and pass a vision, written and drive test. Check the Full Procedure of Getting an OK Driver License.
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