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How To Get A District of Columbia Drivers License

In District of Columbia, driver’s licenses are administered by the District of Columbia Division of Motor Vehicles. If you operate a motor vehicle on roadways in District of Columbia, you must possess a driver’s license. Drivers who are under the age of 18 will participate in the Graduated Driver License Program. Within this, drivers who are between the ages of 16 and 18 will apply for a Level One Learner’s Permit. Candidates must undergo a District of Columbia Driver Education Certificate (Blue Certificate) stating that they passed a certified District of Columbia Driver Education Course.dditionally, candidates must have their driver license application signed by a sponsor. This sponsor assumes liability for any damages suffered due to the minor’s negligence. Sponsors may be one or both of the parents of the minor, a legal guardian, or is a person deemed “acceptable to the Secretary of Transportation or the Chief of Driver Services.” Within six months of the issuance of the Level One Learner’s Permit, sponsors must certify that the minor has driven 50 hours, within this 10 hours of nigh time driving. Additionally, minors may not have any passengers in the car other than an adult supervisor and one other passenger.After six months, minor drivers may drive unsupervised between the hours of 6:00 AM and 10:00 PM. There are some restrictions and variations for minors being able to drive within the hours of 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM, including school, work and church related activities. When a candidate is 17 years old but not yet 18 years old, and they have held a Level One Learner’s Permit they may apply for a Class D Operators License. In addition, the candidate may not have had any issues while driving such as having their license suspended, nor may they have had a sponsor revoke their endorsement.

Candidates are eligible to take the road test 10 days after passing the rules test.

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How To Pass the District of Columbia Driver's License Test

As you prepare for your driver’s test, some helpful things to keep in mind:

  • Practice safe driving. With your Level One Learner’s permit, take advantage of the 50 hours of training to prepare for your test with your sponsor
  • Be sure that your vehicle is properly insured prior to taking your driving test, including the ability to provide documentation for proof of insurance.

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  • Take sample rules tests that are available on this site as well as on the District of Columbia Division of Motor Vehicles site
  • Inspect your car the night before the road exam to make sure all turn signals, brakes, reverse lights and gears are working properly
  • Study the District of Columbia Driver’s Manual

Additional Information

District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles Information

The State of District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles provides oversight and administration for the CDL requirements and testing in District of Columbia. To get more information contact them via:

Website: https://dmv.dc.gov/service/obtain-commercial-driver-license

Phone:  202.737.4404

Find a Washington DC DMV Location here: https://drivingtestsample.com/dmv-locations/washington-dc/

More DC Driving Test & Drivers License Helpful Links

Please use the links below to access more valuable District of Columbia CDL testing resources and to learn more about practice driving tests for the state of District of Columbia.