11Jul 2015

Most states, including Missouri, have a Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program, the program is designed to help first time driver’s permit applicants to become safe and more responsible drivers. Under the GDL program, first time applicants are required to complete various milestones before obtaining a full driver’s license.  One of the first milestones before obtaining your unrestricted driver’s license is obtaining your driver’s permit; however, you will be required to take a written permit test and pass before you are issued with a driver’s permit.

If you are a new Missouri resident, you can transfer your out-of-state driver’s license or learner’s permit. To transfer out-of-state driver’s license you will have to:

  • Visiting your local DOR office.
  • Submit your valid current driver’s license or learner’s permit.
  • Submitting proof of:
    • Name.
    • Birth date and birth place.
    • Social Security number.
    • Address.

The written exam will be waived if your learner’s permit or driver’s license is valid or falls within the expiration range. If not, you will be required to take the written permit test again.

You will need to pass both a written permit test and a road signs recognition test to get your learner’s permit. When you have all the required documents and you are ready to take the written test, book an appointment with the DOR office and prepare for the test.  Most of the questions are directly obtained from the Missouri Driver Guide. The test is composed of multiple choice questions and is based on Missouri traffic laws, road signs, safe driving techniques, accident and emergency procedures, entering and exiting the freeway, lane use,  parking, vehicle safety, vehicle positioning, defensive driving, signaling and communicating to other drivers.

It is recommended that you prepare for the test by studying the Missouri Driver’s Manual. However, you can also take online practice test which will help you be familiar with the format of the questions in the test. If you do not pass the test on your first attempt you will have to wait for 5 business days before you can retake the test again.