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From taking the test to different driving rules, here is a guide to your driver’s license. Let’s get you started!

Why Should I Get a Driver’s License?

There was a time when getting a driver’s license was a matter of necessity. Yet, now we’re living in a time where you might not need a car at all. With the utility of public transit and other means of transportation, many people never bother getting a license.

Whether or not you decide to purchase a car, a license can be a useful tool. There’s a time you may need to drive in a foreign country, and being without a license can be a limitation. But even if you aren’t planning an overseas trip in the near future, having a driver’s license can give you more transportation options at home.

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Getting a Driver’s License in the USA

There are several requirements for getting a driver’s license, and they vary from state to state. While the age limits might vary from state to state, they all require both a written and road test. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, for example, you must take a written test, a vision test, show government-issued I.D., pay a license fee, and complete a driving course before being issued a license.

For the written test, pick up a driver’s handbook at your local DMV and read through it. You’ll want to make sure you’ve reviewed it before taking the test and be alert for possible trick questions!  If you don’t pass the first test, you’ll have to wait a few days before trying again.

Tips for Hitting the Road First-Time

After the written test, you’ll have a learner’s permit for a few months to years, depending on your state requirements where you can only drive with a licensed adult. During this time, you will need to pass a road test run by a certified driving school or instructor in order to obtain your license when the times comes.

Most states require those who are old enough to get a learner’s permit for several months to a year before they’re allowed behind the wheel. New teenage drivers might also have restrictions on how many passengers they’re allowed to transport. They might also have curfew restrictions.

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Why Do I Need a Driver’s License?

Despite the freedom driving can bring, many people are less interested in having a driver’s license.

According to a University of Michigan study, nearly 25 % of 16-year-olds had a license in 2014 compared to more than 46 % in 1983. A lack of interest, available public transit, or the higher cost of a vehicle could all contribute to this trend.

Today there are a lot of different transportation methods so you might not need a car. Students may once have driven to school, but available transit options mean many people aren’t as worried about their driver’s license status.

Tips for Hitting the Road on a Budget

Public services like the bus, metro, and train might be a more economical choice. Or if you live in a busy city, even getting occasional rides from Uber or Lyft might be a good alternative to car ownership.

Others opt for more eco-friendly modes of transportation. Many people walk, cycle, or use bike shares that provide exercise and accessibility. They also leave a smaller environmental footprint. With the expensive cost of ownership, sharing the family car or taking alternate travel can be the way to go.

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Hitting The Road Around the World

Requirements for acquiring your license vary throughout the world.

The United Kingdom has similar driving requirements to those in the U.S. You have to get a provisional license or learner’s permit, an eye test, a passport, and pay a fee. Then, you take a written and road driving test.

In Finland, one must pass a summer and winter exam to get a provisional license. When two years have passed, theory lessons and on-the-road lessons must be completed to pass the test. But, it’s worth being aware that not every place is so stringent!

In Mexico, you can pass a driving test with just a verbal statement of driving ability. People in Egypt just need to answer 10 written questions and being able to drive forward and backward.

Benefits of a Driver’s License

With improved public transit and rideshare options, owning a car isn’t always a necessity. But, there are still many benefits to getting your license. Let us know in our comments section if you’re going through the process, or use FamilyApp to discuss with your family members. It might take hard work and commitment but completing your driver’s license test can be the pathway to the open road.

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Josh is an avid outdoorsman and approaches his writing with a sense of passion and adventure. He loves watersports, but hates gyms. You can often see him and his family biking along the Virginia Beach boardwalk.


  • I never knew that the United Kingdom has similar driving requirements to those in the U.S. My brother is taking his driving test next month. Thanks for the tips on getting a driver’s license.

  • It makes a lot of sense that a driver’s license is necessary to drive a car. These credentials make it a lot simpler for the driver and any possible passengers to get around. My niece should know this as she looks into driving courses.

  • Thanks for this article for a driver’s license. It’s good to know that a learner’s permit is available where a person could drive with a licensed adult. This seems really beneficial if you want to get hands-on experience driving.

  • It is interesting how the number of 16-year-olds with licenses are declining. I think it is important to me that my kids become independent. I sign them up for road tests so that they learn fast.

  • It’s nice to know that after a written test, we will have a learners permit for a few months. It makes sense that we would want this so that we have some time to drive with someone who has more experience. I still don’t have my license, but I want that to change because I can’t keep taking my bike everywhere. I’ll look into finding a driving school to attend to help me get my license!

  • I’ve been thinking about taking an extended trip to a different country. As you said here, the driving tests in different places are different. I’m not sure which place I’ll be at but I’ll for sure get my license.

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