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All DC DMV locations will be closed on Thursday, November 22, 2018, and Friday, November 23, 2018, in observance of Thanksgiving Day. Normal operating hours will resume on Saturday, November 24, 2018, for those DC DMV locations with Saturday operations.

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Provisional License

If you are under 21 years old, have had a DC DMV learner permit for 6 months, have taken and passed the road skills test, and meet all other eligibility requirements, DC DMV will award you either a REAL ID provisional driver license or a Limited Purpose ID driver license, depending on which you qualify for.

Your REAL ID or Limited Purpose provisional license is valid for 1 year for US citizens; the validity period will vary depending on length of residency for non-US citizens.

In general, a REAL ID credential can be used as a federal ID; the Limited Purpose credential is available to DC residents who do not have a Social Security number, and it cannot be used for official federal purposes.

For more information about REAL ID, please review our REAL ID FAQs, at the link below:

For more information about Limited Purpose credentials, please review our Limited Purpose FAQs, at the link below:

To obtain your DC DMV provisional license:

  • Complete the Certification of Eligibility for Provisional License form that certifies that you have had at least 40 hours of driving experience, accompanied by a licensed driver at least 21 years old with a valid full driver license. You will need a photocopy of your supervising driver’s license. The Certificate of Eligibility for Provisional License form is available at the link below:
  • Certificate of Eligibility for Provisional License Form
  • Schedule your road skills test appointment at the link below:
  • Road Skills Test Appointments
  • Bring your valid learner permit (either REAL ID or Limited Purpose ID) to your road skills test.
  • You must have had this learner permit for at least 6 months.
  • You may not have had any violations that result in points awarded to your permit. Information on the DC DMV driver point system is available at the link below:
  • DC DMV Driver Point System
  • Take and pass a road skills test. More information on the road skills test is available at the link below.
  • Road Skills Test
  • Complete the Driver License Application form available at the link below:
  • Driver License Application Form
  • Take and pass a vision screening.
  • Take a digital photograph (DC law and policy requires a full frontal digital photo that shows either the ears or up to the hairline without exposing the hair) 
  • Pay the appropriate fees. Information on DC DMV fees is available at the link below:
  • DC DMV Fees

In addition, you must ensure that you do not have any outstanding debt to DC DMV or unpaid fines for moving violations in other jurisdictions.

  • Obtain your temporary, paper REAL ID or Limited Purpose provisional driver license.

Your official provisional driver license will be mailed to you; DC DMV does not mail to PO boxes.

Note: Drivers under the age of 21 who are obtaining a REAL ID or Limited Purpose provisional driver license are automatically enrolled in the GRAD Program. Information on the GRAD Program is available at the link below:

Driving hours are restricted for provisional license drivers. Details on the restrictions are available at the link above to the GRAD program.

To convert an out-of-state provisional license to a DC DMV provisional license, see the information at the link below:

To renew a DC DMV provisional license, see the information at the link below:

To replace a DC DMV provisional license, see the information at the link below:

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