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For a Missouri teen to get a drivers license, the state of Missouri requires a three step graduated process. Every teen must pass the first level before graduating to the second, and the second before qualifying for the third. The following explains the process and answers some of the most common questions.

Step 1
Before you can proceed to level 2, you must obtain an Instruction Permit from a Missouri DMV office (find your local office here).

Eligibility - 15 years of age minimum

To Get -
$
3.50 fee
Documents proving Proof of Lawful Presence, Proof of Identity, Proof of Residency (list of necessary or acceptable documents)

Pass a vision, road sign, and written test (download Missouri Drivers Guide-pdf)
You must be accompanied to office by parent or legal guardian to sign a permission statement.

Valid - for 12 months after issue date

Limitations -
1. Under the age of 16, you must have one of the following as a front seat passenger - parent, guardian, grandparent, or qualified driving instructor. (See below for state requirements of a qualified driving instructor.)
2. Over the age of 16, you must have a licensed person, over the age of 21, occupying the front passenger seat.
3.  You are responsible to ensure all occupants of your vehicle are seat belted.
4.  You must have your instruction permit with you anytime you are driving a vehicle. Your test paper is not acceptable.

To graduate to the Intermediate License, you must....
1.  You must have held the instruction permit for a minimum of 182 days (6 months)
2.  You must not have any traffic convictions within prior 6 months
3.  You must have no alcohol related convictions within prior 12 months
4.  You must have received, and documented, 20 hours* of driving instruction with a parent, guardian, grandparent, or qualified driving instructor (print the required form documenting hours driven here)
5.  You must be 16 years of age

* Note - Effective January 1, 2007, to graduate to the Intermediate License, the number of hours of driving instruction increases from 20 hours to to a minimum of 40 hours, including a minimum of 10 hours that occurs during nighttime hours falling between sunset and sunrise.

Step 2
Before you can obtain an under 21 drivers license, you must have met all of the requirements and graduated from an Instruction Permit, and obtain and meet all of the requirements of an Intermediate License.

Eligibility - 16 years of age minimum

To Get -
$7.50 fee
You must pass the vision, road sign, and written test IF it has been 12 months since you took and passed previously.
You must pass the driving test.
You must be accompanied to office by parent, legal guardian, grandparent or qualified person to verify you have met the 20 hours of driving supervision required as part of the Instruction Permit.

Valid - for 24 months after issue date

Limitations -
1.  You must have your intermediate license with you anytime you are driving a vehicle. Your test paper is not acceptable.
2.  You are responsible to ensure all occupants of your vehicle are seat belted.
3.  For the first 6 months from date of issuance, you may NOT carry more than one passenger who is under the age of 19 and not a parent, stepparent, foster parent, grandparent, step-grandparent, foster grandparent, brother or stepbrother, sister or stepsister, or adopted or foster child residing in your household.
4.  After 6 months from date of issuance, you may NOT carry more than 3 passengers who are under the age of 19 and not a parent, stepparent, foster parent, grandparent, step-grandparent, foster grandparent, brother or stepbrother, sister or stepsister, or adopted or foster child residing in your household.
5.  At no time, may you drive alone between the hours of 1:00 am and 5:00 am, unless the travel can be verified to be related to a school activity, job, or emergency. You may drive during these hours if you are accompanied by a licensed driver over the age of 21.

To graduate to an Under 21 Drivers License, you must....
1.  You must be 18 years of age.
2.  You must have had no traffic convictions during the prior 12 months.
3.  You must have had no alcohol related related convictions during the prior 12 months.
4.  You must have an intermediate license, which can not be suspended, revoked, or denied.
5.  You must pass the vision and road sign tests.

Step 3

If you have met all of the requirements above, for the fee of $10, you may receive your Under 21 Full License.


Frequently Asked Questions

Source and more info - State of Missouri Official Site

Definitions
Qualified driving instructor is defined as an instructor who has a valid driver education endorsement on a teaching certificate issued by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, or a driver training instructor employed by a private driver education program.


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