Wyoming uses a multi-stage licensing process for teens. This system allows teens to gradually gain exposure to complex driving situations, easing them into driving over an extended period of time.
At age 15, teens can apply for a learner’s permit in the state of Wyoming. To do so, both teen and parent must visit their local driver exam office with a state-certified copy of the teen’s birth certificate. Teens must pass a written driver’s knowledge test and a vision test to receive a learner’s permit.
With a learner’s permit, teens may only drive with a licensed driver age 18 or older supervising and sitting in the front seat. Teens are required to practice driving for at least 50 hours, including 10 hours at night, with a parent or a legal guardian, before they’re allowed an intermediate permit.
When teens turn 16, have had a learner’s permit for at least 10 days and have completed 50 hours of practice driving, they can apply for this intermediate permit. They also must pass a behind-the-wheel driving test, complete a vision test and provide proof of practice driving time. Legal guardians must accompany their teens to the DMV to sign the application form, or their signature must be notarized on the form.
A teen with an intermediate permit is allowed to drive alone, but must follow certain restrictions. They may not drive between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. (Some exceptions are granted.) They are also prohibited from driving with more than one non-family member passenger under age 18, unless an adult with a valid license is seated next to them in the vehicle. Teen drivers and all passengers are required to wear seat belts.
At age 16 ½, teens are eligible for a full unrestricted license if they have held an intermediate permit for six months and have taken a certified driver education course. Without driver education, teens can get an unrestricted license at age 17. The state does not place night or passenger limits on those with unrestricted licenses. However, AAA encourages parents to maintain their own rules.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation, through its Driver Services Program, is in charge of licensing for all drivers in Wyoming. The WYDOT conducts the written exam and road test needed to get a driver’s license. It also provides study materials to help your teen get ready for the exams.
Consider using a parent-teen driving agreement to help enforce licensing rules that the state and your family set. An agreement helps you and your teen understand the rules of the road and sends a clear message that driving is an earned privilege that your family takes seriously.