How to Get a Wyoming Driver’s License
Wyoming 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.
Completing the Wyoming GDL program takes at least 18 months. You can apply for your learner permit at 15. Complete driver education and all supervised driving hours to apply for your intermediate permit. Drive with it for 6 months, or turn 17, and you’ll be eligible for a full WY driver’s license.
The steps below have the details you’ll need to know to get your full, unrestricted Wyoming driver’s license.
Get your Wyoming learner’s permit
You can start the process to get your Wyoming driver’s license at 15 years old. To get ready for driving, you can download the State of Wyoming Driver’s License Manual and start reading through it. At your local Department of Transportation location, you’ll need to fill out an application, bring in proof of identity, and pay a fee of $20 by debit card or check.
You will have to pass a written exam and a vision test so make sure to bring any corrective lenses you may require along with you.
You will be given an official paper which is your Wyoming learner permit. You’ll need to have that with you every time you’re behind the wheel.
You must have your permit for at least 10 days before you can apply for a regular license. During that time, you’ll need to have 50 hours of driving practice with 10 of those being at night. You may only drive while accompanied by a licensed adult 18 years or older. They must ride in the front passenger seat.
The State of Wyoming also allows for applicants as young as 14 to receive a special restricted learner’s permit. To find out if you qualify, and for more information, visit WY DOT Learner’s Permits.
This is the point also where you’ll need to get Wyoming Department of Transportation approved driving instruction. Applicants younger than 17 must have completed a driver’s education course to get their unrestricted license.
Drivers’ education consists of 30 hours of classroom training, 6 hours behind the wheel, and 6 hours of observed driving. Once you’ve completed the required amount of instruction, you can apply for your Wyoming intermediate permit.
When you’re ready to enroll in Wyoming DOT approved driver education find a driving school to get started.
Get your Wyoming intermediate permit
Receiving your license requires that you’ve completed certain requirements. You must have completed your required supervised driving time, held your WY learner permit for at least 10 days, and have turned 16.
Driving Skills Test: You will be required to pass a driving test with a WY DOT evaluator who will make sure you can perform basic driving tasks safely. You are responsible for providing the car you will be tested in. It must be registered, insured, and in good working order. You will also have to pass another vision test.
Before you take it, you should check out The Top 10 Automatic Fails on Driver Tests, so you’ll know what not to do on test day.
The application fee for your license is $20.
Your Wyoming intermediate permit will be mailed to you and will have your photograph on it. They take your picture the day you pass your driving skills test. During your restricted license period you will not be allowed to drive with any passengers younger than 18, unless they are a family member, or you are accompanied by a licensed driver over 18.
As you continue to learn how to operate a motor vehicle in different conditions, there are certain hours when you won’t be able to drive. Those are between 11:00 P.M. and 5:00 A.M.
Get your full, unrestricted WY 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 reach 16, and have taken driver’s education and had your restricted license for at least 6 months, or have turned 17, you can get your full license.
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 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 WY graduated licensing journey.
Am I allowed to drive in Wyoming with an out-of-state learner’s permit?
Yes. Drivers with out-of-state learner’s permits are allowed to drive in the state of Wyoming, but they must abide by all graduated licensing restrictions issued by their home state.
What happens if my learner permit is lost or stolen?
If you’re learner permit, intermediate permit, or driver’s license is lost or stolen you can visit the Wyoming Department of Transportation Lost/Renewal page to apply for a new one.
Wyoming Department of Transportation information
For comprehensive information on everything related to the Wyoming graduated licensing program, visit the Wyoming Department of Transportation.
If you have questions specifically related to Wyoming learner permits you can also call (307)-777-4800 Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Prepare for your license journey by reviewing the State of Wyoming Driver’s License Manual.