Obtaining A New Arizona Drivers License

Applying for a new drivers license in Arizona? The Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) has a process in place for getting a driverse license, which requires exams and documentation. We've collected up-to-date information, and links to useful resources, to help save you time when going through the process. Select from the options below to get started. 

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Online application assistance can simplify the process for many MVD related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from the MVD offices or websites, you will receive value added products such as a comprehensive Easy Guide containing information relevant to your service needs. Where possible, we will prepare your MVD forms and/or provide links to MVD online services. You will also receive 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service from Road America. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the MVD in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local MVD.

3: Via a MVD office

If you prefer to access MVD services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical MVD office location. Varying MVD offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the MVD closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your local MVD allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in-person visit is either preferred or required.

It is important to note that if applicant for an Arizona drivers license is between the ages of 16-18, a parent or legal guardian must sign the “Legal Guardian” section of the Arizona driver’s license application form. The signature must witnessed by an Arizona MVD agent or notarized by a notary public.  The parent or guardian must present his or her identification as well as proof of legal guardianship. The applicant within this age category must also bring:

Arizona Drivers License Testing
The Arizona Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) divides the test into the three following sections:

  • Written – It is important for applicants to read the Arizona Driver’s Manual before they apply for the Arizona drivers license. The written test consists of:
    • Thirty multiple-choice questions that are all taken from this manual. The test will cover questions about road signs, rules of the road and proper driving techniques. A driver might be asked, “What is the speed limit when approaching a school?” or a driver could be shown a sign or symbol and will need to identify what it means. 
    • Persons holding an out-of-state drivers license may be exempt from taking the written test.
  • Vision In order to obtain an Arizona driver's license, it is important for an applicant to have good vision. Arizona MVD has to ensure a driver doesn't have a visual impairment that is a detriment to both the driver and other persons using the road.
  • Driving – An examiner from the Arizona MVD will accompany the applicant along a route that has multiple traffic situations, where the examiner will observe the applicant's ability to safely handle and operate the motor vehicle. Examiners will observe how well the driver interprets and uses road signs, traffic lights and street markings. 

Applicants must pass all three areas of the test to earn a drivers license. The state of Arizona usually issues an “extended” Arizona drivers license, which expires when the driver is 65 years old. However, the drivers license holder needs to update the picture and retake the vision screening every 12 years. If a driver is 60 years old, he or she will only be eligible for an Arizona drivers license that expires in five years. 

Relocating From Another State?

If you are relocating to Arizona from another state, you might also want to consider acquiring a new drivers license. For more information, click here. 

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