- Depending on the state, an applicant for a learner's permit must be between 14 and 16 years of age.
- Since the traffic laws in each state vary slightly, a state-specific driver's manual must be obtained from the local Department of Transportation. When applying for a permit, the applicant must take a test that verifies skills learned from the driver's manual.
- All states will require the applicant to bring in either a birth certificate, immigration card, valid immigration documents or passport. The applicant will also need to know his social security number so that it can be confirmed in the national social security database.
- Applicants are required to take a vision test, and if the test is taken with glasses or contacts, that fact must be recorded. There will be a section on the actual permit indicating that it is awarded on the condition that a vision aid be used while driving a vehicle.
- There will be a fee of $10 to $15 that is paid prior to taking the exam. If the applicant takes the exam multiple times, that fee must be paid before each attempt.