Obtaining A New Missouri Drivers License

Applying for a new drivers license in Missouri? The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has a process in place for getting a driverse license, which requires exams and documentation. We've collected up-to-date information, and links to useful resources, to help save you time when going through the process. Select from the options below to get started. 

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Online application assistance can simplify the process for many DMV related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. Where possible, we will prepare your DMV forms and/or provide links to DMV online services. You will also receive 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service from Road America. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of a free membership to DMV Advisors, a state-specific help desk prepared to answer any driver-related questions or concerns you may have. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DMV.

3: Via a DMV office

If you prefer to access DMV services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical DMV office location. Varying DMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your local DMV allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in-person visit is either preferred or required.





Steps To Receive A New Missouri Driver License

Anyone 18 or older who wants to apply for a new Missouri drivers license, these are the steps they must take:

  • Print out the required forms and a step-by-step guide here.
  • Study the Missouri driver handbook
  • Pass vision and road sign test
  • Pass written and driving test
  • Present driver examination record (DOR-100) from MSHP showing completion of tests successfully.
  • Present the required documents and fees to the Department of Revenue

To be able to drive in Missouri, the applicant has to first study the Missouri Handbook to familiarize themselves with the road rules and laws before applying for new drivers license. Licenses are into several different categories for different ages:

  • Between 16 and 17 years of age: Drivers between 16 and 17 years of age are issued an intermediate license that expires in two years.
  • Between 18 - 20 years of age: This form of license is valid for three years, expiring on the applicant’s date of birth on the third year after it is issued.
  • Between 20 and 69: Drivers are issued a standard license valid for six years.
  • Ages 70 years and above: This form of license is valid for three years, expiring on the applicant’s date of birth on the third year after it is issued.

Requirements

Applicants are required to complete the following in order to receive their Missouri driver license:
Pass vision and road sign test

  • Pass written and driving test
  • Present a driver examination record (DOR-100) from MSHP showing completion of tests successfully.
  • Present documents that verify:

Documents For Proof of Identity And Place Of Birth

All Missouri driver’s license applicants will be required to furnish documents, when tendering their application.  Below are the lists of documents that are accepted for: identity proof, residency proof and completion of guidelines proof.

  • U.S. birth certificate
  • U.S. passport (valid or expired)
  • Certificate of citizenship, naturalization or birth abroad
  • U.S. military identification card

Documents For Proof Of Identity

  • Appropriate immigration document

Documents For Proof Of Residence

  • Bank statement
  • Housing rental contract
  • Property tax receipt
  • Voter registration card
  • Mortgage document
  • Pay check
  • Utility bill

Applicants should be aware that all documents furnished with their application should be certified or original copies. An applicant who uses a copy of a document will be unable to perform the procedure required to apply, as copies are not accepted.

Are You Moving to a Different State?

If you are relocating to another state, you might also want to consider acquiring a new drivers license. For more information on that process, click here.

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