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Who needs a driver license in Delaware?

Anyone who operates a motor vehicle on public roadways in Delaware.

Which documents do I need to apply for a driver license in Delaware?

  • Proof of identity;
  • Proof of lawful status in the US;
  • Proof of date of birth,
  • Social Security Number;
  • Primary residence address.
  • The documents in their original or certified form must be provided for their validation.

Can undocumented immigrants apply for a Delaware driver's license?

Yes, unauthorized immigrants can apply for a Delaware driver's license, if the required documentation is provided. Applicants must provide documentation to prove their identity, such as a valid foreign passport or consular identification, and proof of residency. Applicants must file to legalize as soon as they are eligible.

What is the difference between a compliant and a non-compliant Delaware driver license?

A "Non-Compliant Driver License" gives the license holder the appropriate driving authority, but is not in full compliance with rules established by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. A non-compliant driver license cannot be used for domestic flights, entering federal facilities and for other federal purposes.

Which tests do I have to pass to obtain a Delaware driver's license?

  • Vision test;
  • Written test;
  • Road skill test.

What is the age requirement to apply for a driver's license in Delaware?

You must be at least 18 years old to apply for a DE driver license. If you are at least 16 years of age but less than 18 years of age you can join the Graduated Driver License (GDL) program and apply for a Level One Learner's Permit.


Which are the requirements to join the GDL in Delaware?

  • Be at least 16 years old;
  • Pass a Delaware Driver Education Course;
  • Proofs of applicant's identity, legal presence, SSN, Delaware residency;
  • Signature of a sponsor.

Who can be my sponsor for the GDL in Delaware?

Your father/mother (or the parent you reside with) or your legal guardian.

Which authority does the sponsor have?

Your sponsor can withdraw his/her endorsement at any time during the GDL program until you reach age 18. Your sponsor is held liable with you for any damages resulting from your negligence while driving.

Do I have any restriction when driving with my Level One Learner's Permit?

  • You must wear a safety belt;
  • You cannot use a cellular phone, text messaging device or similar electronic device;
  • Only an adult supervisor and one other passenger can ride in the car with you;

Who can be my supervisor when I am under mandatory supervision?

A properly licensed parent, guardian or licensed driver approved by the sponsor. The supervisor must seat beside you in the car.

How long do I have to be supervised while driving with my Learner's Permit?

For the first 6 months, you must be supervised at all times. You must complete at least 50 hours of supervised driving (including at least 10 nighttime driving). After the first 6 months, you can drive unsupervised between 6am and 10pm.

When can I convert my Level One Learner's Permit to a Class D driver license?

After successful completion of the 12-month GDL program.

I am a first applicant over age 18. Do I have to apply for a Level One Learner's Permit?

No. You can apply for a Temporary Instruction Permit (Learner's Permit).

What do I have to do to obtain a Learner's Permit?

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Pass the eye screening and knowledge test;
  • Pay the required fee.

I have a valid Learner's Permit. How can I obtain a Delaware driver's license?

Hold your Learner's Permit for at least 10 days and pass the road test. The Learner's Permit is valid for six months.

Do I have any restriction while driving with my Delaware Learner's Permit?

Yes. You may drive only if accompanied by a licensed driver of at least 21 years of age seated beside you in the car.


How many questions are there on the DE knowledge test?

The test is made of 30 questions, including 10 signs questions.

What is the score required to pass the DE knowledge test?

You must correctly answer at least 24 questions to pass.

What kind of questions are on the Delaware knowledge test about?

The test covers the following topics: highway signs, traffic signals, pavement markings, rules of the road, motor vehicle laws and safety practices.

I failed my DE knowledge test. What can I do?

You can retake the test after ten days. Study the manual and practice on DMV Permit Test before retaking the test.


Do I have to make a reservation to take the road test in Delaware?

Yes, contact the DMV to schedule your road test.

What do I need to bring to my road test?

  • Valid vehicle registration card;
  • Valid insurance card for the vehicle;
  • Learner's Permit.

How long will the road test last?

You will drive for approximately 30 minutes.

What should I be able to perform on my road test?

  • Parallel parking;
  • Three point turn;
  • Merge with traffic;
  • Backing;
  • Use right-of-way rules;
  • Change lanes;
  • Enter intersections.

Can I drive alone to the DMV office to take the road test?

No. A licensed driver of at least 21 years of age must accompany you.

Do I have to provide a motor vehicle for the road test?

Yes. The vehicle must be properly registered and pass the DMV safety inspection. You must provide valid proof of registration and liability insurance.

Am I allowed to use parking assist technology during the road test?


I failed my road test. When can I retake it?

After at least 10 days.