Licensing & State Laws
Are you legally allowed to drive without supervision now? Learn more about Wyoming’s multi-stage licensing process.
When you turn 15, you may apply for a learner’s permit. You and a parent or guardian need to visit your local driver exam office and bring a state-certified copy of your birth certificate. Once you pass the written driver’s knowledge test and a vision test, you’ll be given your learner’s permit.
A learner’s permit lets you drive only with a licensed driver age 18 or older supervising and sitting in the front seat. The learner’s permit lets you practice driving with an experienced adult driver. Once you have practiced driving for at least 50 hours (including 10 hours at night) with a parent or legal guardian, you are allowed to get an intermediate license.
When you turn 16 and have had your learner’s permit for at least 10 days, you can go to your local DMV to take the driving test. You’ll also need to take a second vision test and provide proof that you completed 50 hours of practice driving time. Once you do that, you can receive your intermediate permit. Make sure a parent comes with you to sign the application form or get your parent’s notarized signature on the form ahead of time.
- Keep track of your practice driving through AAA’s driving log.
When you have an intermediate license, you’re allowed to drive without a parent, but you must follow certain rules to help keep you safe. Wyoming does not allow teens with intermediate licenses to drive between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. — some of the riskiest driving hours for all drivers and especially teens. Exceptions are granted for travel to and from work, school activities and medical reasons. Wyoming teens also may not drive with more than one non-family passenger under age 18. These restrictions, however, do not apply if you are driving with an adult, licensed passenger seated next to you. You and all of your passengers must wear seat belts while you’re driving.
At age 16 ½, you are eligible for a full unrestricted license if you have held the intermediate license for six months and have taken a certified driver education course. Without driver education, you cannot get an unrestricted license until age 17.
Now is a good time to set up a parent-teen driving agreement to help you and your parents establish expectations related to both their rules and those of the state.
For more information on the licensing process, contact the Wyoming Department of Transportation.
- Expect to present your driver’s license, the vehicle registration and proof of insurance.
- Always cooperate and be respectful with law enforcement, whether you’re the driver or a passenger.
- Talk to your parent about what happened.
If you get a ticket or are in a crash, it could lead to a court appearance and many unpleasant consequences.
- Suspended driving privileges
- Driver’s license points
- Attorney’s fees
- Court costs
- Insurance rate increases
The Wyoming Department of Transportation, through its Driver Services Program, is in charge of licensing for all drivers in the state.
- StartSmart: Practice Driving – AAA’s tips for parents and teens about practice driving.
- StartSmart: Always Use Seat Belts – 63 percent of 16- to 20-year-olds who die in car crashes aren’t buckled up.
- StartSmart: Distractions and Driving – Read about the most common distractions, and get helpful advice for teens and parents.
- Parent-Teen Driving Agreement – Signing a formal agreement with your parent helps in multiple ways.
- Driver-ZED – Offered by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Driver-ZED is a computer-based program to help you practice driving.