Additional Information for those Applying for a Graduated Driver License or Permit


Level One Learner's Permit (Drivers Under Age 18): The Delaware Driver Manual contains a detailed explanation of the graduated driver license program. Drivers issued a level one learner's permit are authorized to operate Class D vehicles. For the first 6 months from the date of issue, the minor must be supervised when they operate a motor vehicle. After the first 6 months from the date of issue the applicant may drive unsupervised from 6:00a.m. until 10:00p.m. Only supervised driving is allowed from 10:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m., except when driving directly to and from church, work, and school activities on school property. The supervising driver must be a licensed parent, guardian, or a licensed driver at least 25 years old, with at least 5 years driving experience. No more than 1 passenger, except for immediate family members, plus the supervisor may be in the vehicle. The supervising driver must be seated beside the permit holder in the front seat. The permit and/or license must be in the possession of the driver when operating a vehicle. The permit will be suspended for violating the above restrictions.

The level one learners permit will automatically convert to a Class D license once the permit holder has completed a full 12 months of valid driving authority. The time used to compute the 12 months of required driving experience shall not include any period of time when the permit holder's driving privilege has been suspended, revoked, canceled, denied, or surrendered. A period of additional driving experience equivalent to that of the suspension, revocation, cancellation, denial, or surrender will be added to the end of the original 12 month period. This will ensure that the permit holder has fully complied with the required full 12 months of valid driving authority.

Driver's Education Learner's Permit: A permit holder must be supervised al all times by a licensed parent or guardian. If neither are licensed to drive, the supervisor must be a licensed driver over age 25 with at least 5 years of driving experience. The supervisor must be in the front seat beside the permit holder. No more than 1 passenger, except for immediate family members, plus the supervisor may be in the vehicle.

Parent/Sponsor's Role: The sponsor who signs this application on behalf of the minor has the final authority to determine if the minor is capable of operating a motor vehicle. The sponsor designates who may supervise the minor driver. The sponsor may withdraw their sponsorship/endorsement at any time until the driver reaches the age of 18, thereby canceling the license of the minor driver. The minor will be issued either a driver education permit or level one learner's permit and obtain a Class D license when eligible, unless the sponsor withdraws their driving privilege by withdrawing their endorsement. By signing this application, the sponsor accepts liability with the applicant for any damages caused by his or her negligence while driving a motor vehicle.

Additional Information


Class D and Motorcycle Road Tests. Road tests are given on every weekday, except Wednesday, from 8:00 until 11:30a.m. and 1:30 until 3:30. They will not be conducted during inclement weather (rain, fog, snow, and ice). Contact the facility that you obtained your permit for road test information. Again, the Division does not conduct road tests on Wednesdays. To take the Class D test you must show: 1. Valid vehicle registration card and valid insurance card for the vehicle that you will drive during the test 2. Driver's license of the driver who came with you, and 3. Your learner's permit. The examiner will conduct a basic vehicle safety inspection before the road test begins. Please retrain from smoking during the test. The New Castle Inspection Lane does not conduct motorcycle road tests.

Motorcycle Learner Permits.

Motorcycle permits are valid for 6 months.

You can extend the permit only once for an additional 6 months.

You must apply for an extension at DMV before the expiration date and pay a $5.00 fee. The following restrictions apply when operating a motorcycle with a temporary motorcycle learner's permit.

  1. No passengers shall be allowed on the motorcycle.
  2. Operating a motorcycle between sunset and sunrise is prohibited.
  3. Approved safety helmet and eye protection must be worn.
  4. Operation is not permitted on the federal interstate highway system.
  5. You can take the motorcycle road test anytime after 10 days but within 6 months at the DMV facility you received your permit.

Megan's Law/Sex Offenders. By signing the driver license application form I acknowledge that the Division on Motor Vehicles has notified me that registration in compliance with Section 4120 of Title 11, Delaware law is mandatory for any person who has been convicted in any state of any offense which committed or attempted in this state, would have been punishable as one or more of the offenses referenced in Section 4120(a) of Title 11, and that such registration must occur within 7 days of coming into any county, city or town in which he/she temporarily resides or is domiciled for that length of time. This form will be permanently retained.

Mandatory disclosure of Social Security Numbers. Disclosure of the applicant's social security number is mandatory, Federal and state law authorizes such disclosure, Sec 42 U.S.C. Section 405(c)(2)(1) and 21 Del.C.Section 2718(a). The Division will use social security numbers solely for the administration of the driver's license program to ensure accurate identification. Social security numbers will not be released to business or private individuals, but may be released to state agencies to carry out their governmental functions. More information is available upon request.

Males Only: I understand that my signature constitutes consent to be registered with the Selective Service System, if so required.

Telephone Assistance. Georgetown 302.853.1000 or 1004; New Castle 302.326.5000 or 5005; Dover 302.744.2500 or 2506; Wilmington 302.434.3200 or 3204.