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When You Turn 21 Years Old

At the age of 21, all the GRAD drivers are released from the program:

  • During the learner permit stage, once you are age 21, you may immediately schedule a road test appointment. No driving certification form or six (6) months holding period is required.
  • During the provisional license stage, once you are age 21, you are no longer covered by the GRAD program (of which the provisional license is a part of) and you may immediately visit a DMV service center location to obtain a regular driver license. No driving certification form or six (6) months holding period is required. It is not mandatory that you convert your provisional license to a regular driver license once you turn age 21. Instead, you may wait until your provisional license expires to obtain a regular license.  However, if you do chose to obtain a regular driver license upon turning 21 years old (which will be horizontal instead of vertical), and you do not have a provisional license that is REAL ID compliant (i.e., with a black star in the upper right corner), then you will need to bring additional documents to DC DMV for proof of identity, proof of social security and two (2) proofs of residency.