9Jun 2015

Deleware Graduated Driver Program

In Delaware, the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires that if you are a teen you complete the graduated driver license requirements. The first and most important stage is to complete a driver’s education course and then obtain your level 1 learner’s permit. In addition, if you are over 18 years you will still need to obtain a temporary instruction permit (learner’s permit) but you will have different requirements to obtain it and restrictions. After getting your driver’s permit, you will be allowed to drive while under supervision and be on your way to passing your road test.

Delaware Learner’s Permit Requirements

You must be at least 16 years for you to obtain your learner’s permit in the state of Delaware, furthermore, you must have successfully completed an approved Driver’s Ed course (only if you are 18 years and below).

To apply, visit a Delaware DMV office and:

  • Submit an application, which must signed by a sponsor.
  • Present your Delaware driver’s education certificate of completion.
  • Submit documents proving your date of birth, name, Delaware residency and Social Security number
  • Pass the written permit test
  • Pass a vision exam.
  • Pay the $40 fee.


Provisional License

If you are below 18 years old, you can move on to the next step and apply for a driver’s license once you:

  • Have turned 17 years old.
  • Have held your learner’s permit for more than 1 year.
  • Pass the road test.


If your Delaware learner’s permit has been revoked, cancelled or suspended for any period of time, that period will not count towards your requirement of 1 year holding your permit.

Learner’s Permit Driving Restrictions

After getting your learner’s permit, you can begin practicing driving but under the following restrictions: for the first 12 months, you can only have one passenger other than your supervising driver, you must drive supervised at all times for the first 6 months and for the second six months you can only drive unsupervised between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. the person supervising you while driving must be your parent, legal guardian or an adult who is at least 25 years old and has a valid driver’s license.