Oklahoma Drivers License
Oh, there is nothing like anticipation of your first drivers license. The freedom to move around, to go anywhere you please. However, the process of obtaining your Oklahoma drivers license may be somewhat tricky and this is what we're here for — to help you get your license in no time.
Types of Oklahoma Driving Licenses
If you've already done some reading and browsing around, you probably know that there are different types of driving licenses out there. The following types of the driving licenses are the most common ones:
- Class D. The “regular” drivers license. Allows you to operate most of the common vehicles.
- Class A, B and C. Commercial driver's licenses. You will only need this if you plan to make a living off your driving skills.
If you are a teen and this is your first license, you will only be able to go for the class D drivers license. As all other states, Oklahoma uses the graduated licensing system and you can apply for the more advanced licenses classes only after you've gained sufficient proficiency with your class D driving license.
Graduated Drivers License
The graduated drivers license system may have different names in different states, but it always servers the same purpose - the state wants to keep the roads safe. Oklahoma is no exception and if you are a teenager, you will not be able to obtain the unrestricted license right away - you will have to go through a series of steps, each one bringing you to a new level of experience.
By this time you are probably wondering at what age you can start the whole process. At the moment, you must be at least 15 and ½ years old in order to be able to apply for your learners permit. Please note that if you are under 18 years of age, you will also have to fulfill the Oklahoma drivers education requirements when you will be applying for the drivers permit.
Oklahoma Drivers Education
As mentioned above, if you are under 18 and you want to get your Oklahoma drivers license, drivers ed is not an option for you - it is a must. Fortunately, there are quire a few drivers ed options out there, you may take the course at school, with a local commercial driving school or you may even go for the parent taught course.
If you fulfill the age and drivers education requirements, your next step would be to visit the Department of Public Safety and take your Oklahoma permit test. At the time of the application, you would have to provide proof of ID and you would also need to present proof that you either completed or are currently participating in the drivers education program.
Even though the test is not that hard and your drivers ed teacher should prepare you for it, you may still want some extracurricular materials. A good place to start when you're diving into the road rules is the Oklahoma drivers manual. The manual has answers to all your driving-related questions (including a detailed description of the drivers licensing procedure). Once through the manual, you can also have a quick run through the Oklahoma practice tests to check how well you could do on those before you go in for the real thing.
When you pass your exam, you will be issued with your first Oklahoma learners permit.
The Long Road from Your Permit to Your License
Congratulations, you've got your permit and now you can get behind the wheel and go for your first drive. Just make sure that you have an experienced driver seating next to you at all time, as you do not have your license yet.
You can apply for your first Oklahoma drivers license after you have held your permit for at least 6 months. At this time, you would take your driving exam and if your driving skills are found adequate, you are “upgraded” to the intermediate license. The intermediate license allows unsupervised driving, but still has some restrictions when it comes to the number of passengers you can carry and the times when you can be out on the road. These restrictions will be lifted and you will be granted a full Oklahoma drivers license when you turn 18.