Washington,D.C. Driver License Requirements at-a-glance:

DMV Info
  • Minimum Age for Learner Permit 16 years
  • Learner Permit Holding Period 6 months
  • Minimum Age for Driver License 16 years, 6 months
  • Road Test Yes
  • Minimum Amount of Supervised Driving 40 hours to obtain a provisional license; 10 hours of night driving to obtain a full license
  • Unsupervised Driving Rules From September through June, provisional and full license holders under the age of 18 may drive between 6am and 11pm Monday--Thursday and from 6 am to 12 midnight Friday—Sunday. During July and August, you may drive everyday from 6am to 12 midnight. You may drive after these hours if a licensed driver who’s at least 21 years old is seated in the front passenger seat, or if you are driving to/from work, a school-sponsored activity, a religious or athletic event.
  • Passenger Rules Provisional license holders may only carry passengers who are family members and/or one (1) non-family passenger who's 21 or older, has a valid driver's license, and is seated in the front passenger seat. Full license holders who are under 18 may carry no more than two (2) non-family passengers. All passengers in vehicle must wear a seat belt.
  • Other Driver education is required for license applicants age 18 and younger.

How to get your Washington,D.C. Driver License step-by-step:

  • Obtain driver education certificate
  • Practice for the written Learner Permit Exam using our free practice tests
  • Find a driver license office and schedule an appointment for the written exam (you may also simply show up but you may have to wait some time)
  • Take the Learner Permit Written Exam
  • Practice driving with your learner permit
  • Take driving Exam