Driving license is a necessary document for everyone to have the right to drive any kind of vehicle in the US. The primary purpose of driving license is to ensure that the person who possesses this document is well versed and well trained in traffic laws and has enough driving experience. Knowledge of these things ensures safety of the driver and all other people.
Another purpose of driving license is to educate people especially drivers about the traffic rules for smooth and properly managed traffic. The trainings about traffic rules that each person undertakes before obtaining a drivers license informs about the rules like driving priority, speeds, lane rules and other things. This knowledge ensures the continuous and smooth flow of traffic on roads.
Interestingly, there is no federal authority that makes traffic laws or manages driving licenses. For this each state has its own laws and motor vehicle authority (for example it’s called department of motor vehicle in California, department of public safety in Texas and department of transportation in Pennsylvania). Each person has to approach the local office to get the driving license.
Getting a driver license require some activities which vary from a state to another. Still some of the activities that almost every state authority follows include:
- Proof of residence in the state where you are trying to get the driving license
- 16 to 18 years of age (vary within states)
- Obtaining drivers education
- Passing written driving test
- Passing driving road test
There are classes available that offer practice for written test. For road test many driving school offer the services for practicing before the actual test. Many public and private institute offer both kind of practice sessions. One has to check that the institution offering this kind of services is recognized or qualified by the state or local authority.
After meeting all the requirement one gets the driving license which has a specific validity period which varies within state. After the validity period for the license is matured the license holder has to go through the process of license renewals. This process is slightly different and lenient than the first time depending upon the driving record of the holder during the validity period.