Drivers Licence Information

Drivers Licence Information


Each state has different rules and regulations on how to get a driver’s license. Commonly, vehicle registration and driver licensing is under control of a state government agency called Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) that is operated by a single agency in each state.

The minimum age to drive a motorized vehicle varies from state to state. The lowest age limit is in South Dakota where a child aged 14 years and 3 months may obtain a Driver's licence. On the contrary, the highest minimum age is in New Jersey and it is 17 years. Those junior drivers obtain junior Driver's licenses that are subject to a graduated licensing law used in most of the United States.

Driver’s licenses expire between 60-70’s birthday and then need to be renewed in regular periods, which means to pass through a sight check or, in some cases, written knowledge test too.

How to Get a Driver’s License:
  • First, you need to learn from a learner’s permit brochure and then pass a practice DMV test to obtain a junior driver’s license. The license is valid for a certain period of time and it is subject to some restrictions.

  • After a certain period of time, you can take a driving test that will decide if your skills are sufficient for defensive driving. If so, you will obtain a full driver’s license.
    A full driver’s license needs to be renewed regularly.

Some differences of US transportation:

Land transportation in the USA is divided to Interstate highways (that usually has 2 traffic lanes and connect the States from East to West), parkways, freeways, motorways, roads.Freeways (in eastern parts of the States, it is also called Expressways) are highways with free access (unlike toll-roads where you need to pay a fee) and they have different grades. There are usually 4 (sometimes 2) traffic lanes in each direction and it is the only type of land transportation in the States that does not have any traffic lights or cross-roads. Traffic lanes are narrower compared to European ones and speed limits move around 105 to 113 km/h (65-70 miles/h). It is allowed to pass other cars from both sides.

You should also know that most of traffic signs are in written form (for example, “DO NOT ENTER” = ban of traffic, “YIELD” = give way, “PED XING” = pedestrian crossing or “FINES ARE DOUBLED” = it is common that, for example, fines are double higher if you hit a worker on worksites where construction workers are currently working).  


First thing that one should know is that you must drive on the left side of a road in the UK. In the UK it is typical that drivers be very regardful and drive very carefully. There are no problems to cross a street on a crossing or even outside a crossing as a motor vehicle (car, bus, etc.) will stop and give way to a pedestrian. Even in city centres it is not a problem to cross a street. Generally, traffic in the UK is safe.

The minimum age to drive a motorized vehicle is 17 years and to drive a moped or medium-sized motorcycle it is 16.

The UK driving system is divided under the control of two state authorities:
  • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) for England, Scotland and Wales.

  • Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVANI) for Northern Ireland.
The minimum age to drive a motorized vehicle is 17 years and to drive a moped or medium-sized motorcycle is 16.

Drivers who reach 70 years of age need to renew their driving licenses. Such license is valid for 3 years then it is necessary one renew it again.
Driving courses are focused on defensive driving.

In the UK, 2 types of licences are recognized:
  • Provisional - for those who have not passed a UK driving test. This type of licence is subject to special conditions.
  • Full
Before you get a full licence, you have to hold a valid provisional licence! UK driving test consists of 3 parts: