Sample Missouri driver's license.
A driver's license is required for anyone who plans to operate a motor-driven vehicle on public roadways. If you have an international driver's license (written in English), you may be able to use it to drive in the United States. However, if you plan to drive regularly or purchase a car, you should obtain a Missouri driver's license.
Before you obtain a driver's license or learn to drive in the United States, you must have an instruction permit, also known as a learner's permit. To obtain this permit, you must pass a vision test and a written test about Missouri traffic rules. With a permit, you may drive only when an adult licensed driver is in the vehicle with you. For additional information about obtaining an instruction permit, including the information you will need to learn to pass the written test, please see the Missouri Driver Guide. You will take all tests at the Missouri State Highway Patrol testing office.
After you have satisfied the requirements to graduate from an instruction permit, you can apply for a driver's license. You must pass vision, road sign and written tests, in addition to a driving test. For the driving test, you must provide a registered and insured vehicle in which to take the test. You will take the tests at the Missouri State Highway Patrol testing office. You must successfully pass all tests to obtain a driver's license.
If you are in nonimmigrant status, you will receive your license by mail in four to six weeks. If you have a driver's license from another state in the U.S., you should get a Missouri license as soon as possible after moving here.
For Missouri instruction permit or driver's license:
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