Licensing & State Laws

To get your driver’s license in Wyoming, you’ll move through three licensing stages. As you progress, you’ll also need your parents’ permission at each step.

Learner’s Permit

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.

Intermediate Permit

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.

Full License

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 the laws in your state.

For more information on the licensing process, visit the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation, through its Driver Services Program, is in charge of licensing for all drivers in the state. The WDOT:

  • Conducts the written exam and road test for your learner’s permit and intermediate license.
  • Provides study materials to help you get ready for the exams.
  • Keeps track of your license status and can suspend your license if you get too many tickets, don’t keep insurance on your car or commit other violations.

Your parents will do most of the rule setting and enforcement as you learn to drive. But state and local police are involved, too.

Police enforce traffic laws and investigate crashes. By enforcing traffic laws and requirements on seat belt use, distracted driving, drinking and driving, and teen licensing laws, police keep everyone on the road safer. Breaking the law can lead to fines, license suspension and other penalties.

  • If pulled over by the police, expect to present your driver’s license, the vehicle registration and proof of insurance.
  • If stopped as a driver or passenger, always cooperate and be respectful with law enforcement.
  • If in any kind of situation involving law enforcement, talk to your parents about it immediately afterward.

If you get a ticket or are involved in a crash, you may need to appear in court, whether you believe you were at fault or not. This is serious stuff: Judges often assess fines and suspend driving privileges for traffic offenses.

Police and courts are there when things go wrong. You and your parents can help keep things right.

  • Use a parent-teen driving agreement.
  • Keep your parents in the know about who you ride with.
  • Let your parents know when and where you’re headed.