How to Get a Nebraska Driver’s License
Nebraska has a Graduated Driver License program, or GDL, that will give you time to learn how to drive in a controlled way. There are three stages to this program, from no license to full license.
You can start the Nebraska GDL process at 15. Complete a driver education course and get your learner’s permit, hold it for 6 months, and at 16 you can get your provisional operator’s license. Drive with that until your 17, and you’ll be eligible for your unrestricted NE driver’s license.
The steps below have the details you’ll need to know to get your full, unrestricted Nebraska driver’s license.
Get your Nebraska learner’s permit
You can start the process to get your license at 14 by getting your School Leaner’s Permit, or LPE. To get ready for driving, you can begin to study the Nebraska Driver’s Manual. At your local Nebraska DMV location, you’ll need to fill out an application, bring in proof of identity, and pay a fee of $12.50 by debit card or check.
You will be given an official paper which is your Nebraska driver’s permit. You’ll need to have that with you every time you’re behind the wheel. While driving under your NE LPE you will also need a person 21 or older in the passenger seat.
At 15 you’ll be able to apply for a Learner’s permit (LPD). If you live in or go to school in an area of less than 5000 people, you can apply for a full School Permit (SCP) at 14 and 2 months.
To apply for a Nebraska school learner’s permit, you must also have completed a Nebraska DMV approved driver safety course or have a signed certification form that you’ve driven 50 hours with a licensed driver that is at least 21. You will also need to take a written and driving test unless you have completed a NEDMV approved driver’s safety course.
Nebraska DMV approved driver’s education courses consist of 20 hours of classroom instruction along with 6 hours behind the wheel.
When you’re ready to enroll in driver education, find a driving school to get started.
Like a standard Nebraska learner’s permit, you will only be allowed to drive with a licensed driver that’s 21 or older in the passenger seat.
The next step will be to apply for your Provisional Operator’s Permit.
Get your Nebraska provisional operator’s permit
Receiving your POP requires that you’ve completed certain requirements. Those are:
- Reaching the age of 16
- Holding a LPD or SCP for 6 months, while accumulating no more than 3 points on your license.
- Successfully complete a Nebraska DMV approved driver safety course or complete the 50-hour of supervised driving certification form.
You will not need to take a road or written test to attain your POP if you have completed a Nebraska DMV approved driver’s safety course or had an SCP or LPD within the last year.
The fee for a NE POP is $19.50
With your Nebraska provisional operator’s permit, you will only be allowed to drive by yourself between the hours of 6:00 A.M. and Midnight, unless driving for work or school. You may drive with a licensed driver over 21 at any time.
For the first 6 months you will only be allowed on passenger under 19 who is not a family member in the vehicle while driving.
Get your full unrestricted NE driver’s license
At a certain point, the state feels that you’ve been able to receive enough supervised driving experience that you can go out on your own. Therefore, once you’re 18 years old, or 17 years old and have had your Nebraska provisional operator’s license for a year, you can get your full license.
If you have held your POP for a year and have not accumulated more than 2 points on your license you will not need to take any written or road tests. Simply apply at any driving licensing office or online at: Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles. Costs vary by the number of years you would like the license to remain valid. From $10 for a single year to $24 for 5.
This means that previous restrictions are lifted. However, you will not receive an updated license until that one expires. After you renew your license, you will receive your full, unrestricted Nebraska driver’s license in the mail.
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Frequently asked questions
Here are some other details which are good to know as you start out on your NE graduated licensing journey.
Can I drive in Nebraska with an out-of-state learner’s or provisional operators permit?
The Nebraska DMV allows a 30-day grace period in which you are allowed to drive with valid, out-of-state learner’s permits or driver’s licenses. Within those 30 days you’ll need to demonstrate that you fulfil Nebraska DMV POP requirements before acquiring one.
Can I change my name or gender on my Nebraska learner’s permit or provisional operator’s license?
Nebraska residents may change personal information on the permit or license, but will have to provide a Nebraska State ID Card Data Form, court order reflecting your legal name change, and, if necessary, a Nebraska DMV Certification of Sex Reassignment Form filled out by a licensed physician.
Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles information
For comprehensive information on everything related to the Nebraska graduated licensing program, visit the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles You can also call 1-402-471-4435 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or make email inquiries at https://dmv.nebraska.gov/mc/contact.
Prepare for your license journey by reviewing the Nebraska Driver’s Manual, and taking a few practice tests.