A Comprehensive Guide to Getting Your Oklahoma Driver's License

Are you thinking about getting your Oklahoma driver’s license? From passing your exams to getting your first car, there are many exciting milestones you’ll experience along the way. 

The following guide will provide the step-by-step instructions you need to go from driver’s ed to the driver’s seat. Let’s get started!

How to Get Your Oklahoma License as a Teen Driver

Here’s the short version of what teens need to do to get a driver’s license in Oklahoma. You ready? 

  1. Take a driver education course. 

  2. Get a Learner Permit.

  3. Begin Your Behind-the-Wheel Training.

  4. Complete the Work Zone Safety Course.

  5. Take a driving test.

Let’s take a closer look at each of these steps. 

1. Take Driver’s Ed 

Before you ever get close to getting behind the wheel, you’ll need to complete a 30-hour driver education course that covers the rules of the road, including things like:

  • Signs

  • Traffic signals 

  • State traffic laws 

  • Driving safety

  • Information on driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol 

  • Basic vehicle maintenance, and insurance laws

In other words, you’ll need to know all the stuff that’s in the Oklahoma Driver’s Manual

Back to signing up for driver's ed. You can take driver education from the following places:

  1. A public secondary school

  2. A parochial, private, or another nonpublic secondary school

  3. A SOK-approved parent taught driver education provider (more on that below!)

Still not sure which to choose? Here’s a more in-depth look into instructor taught vs. parent taught drivers ed.

Are you 16 or older? Technically you don’t have to take a driver’s education course if you are over 16, although it’s probably a good idea if you want to pass the test. Because if you choose not to take a driver education course, you will still be required to pass a written test over the content covered in the Oklahoma Driver’s Manual in order to get your license. Here’s the top 5 things you’ll learn from Driver’s ed that’ll need to know for the test.

Parent Taught Driver Education

You probably have a pretty good idea of what to expect from an in-person driver education course, but you may not have ever heard of parent taught drivers ed before. That’s okay; that’s what this guide is for!

Parent taught driver education is designed for students who don’t have access to an in-person driver education course or students who simply prefer the flexibility of an online course. A parent taught course enables students to take their driver education online, at their own pace, independently. 

Parent-taught driver education meets the state-mandated requirements for content and course length (30 hours). Students taking parent-taught driver education will need to complete 55 hours of behind-the-wheel training. 10 of these hours must be done at night. 

How to Complete Oklahoma Parent Taught Drivers Ed in 4 Easy Steps

You can do all of these steps without leaving your home! Unless you have one of those mailboxes that you have to walk a ways to get to.

  1. Visit the Service Oklahoma website to access the Parent Taught Drivers Education packet.

  2. Download the packet. It will provide you with information about the parent taught program, a list of approved providers, and an affidavit that you’ll need to sign and mail in.

  3. Send in the affidavit. 

  4. Choose a course from the list of approved providers, enroll, and begin the course. It’s as easy as that!

  5. Take the course. Once you’ve completed the coursework and passed the final, you’ll get a certificate of completion sent to you.

What to Expect from Aceable's Oklahoma Driver's Ed

Aceable’s parent taught course makes learning about driving fun and engaging. Really, it’s true! Learning to drive can be a little overwhelming, so our goal is to help students enjoy learning what they need to know in order to feel confident and ready to drive. Because when you’re having fun, you just learn better!

One big benefit of taking an online driver's ed course is that you can study at your own pace. You can pause the course when you need a break and pick it back up when you’re ready to continue. 

Whatever device you have, we’ve got you covered. You can take our course on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android phone, Android tablet, laptop, and desktop computer. Start on one device, then pick up where you left off on another one. Your Oklahoma driver education is always with you and ready to go.

Once you’ve finished the course, there’s no need to need to request the certificate of completion — we’ll send it to you immediately. Don’t scrapbook that certificate just yet though because you’ll need to take it with you when you go to get your Learner Permit. 

Which brings us to step 2.

2. Get Your Learner’s Permit

To get your learner’s permit in Oklahoma, you must be at least 15 years old. If you have taken a driver education course, you can present your certificate of completion to waive the written test. That’s right, taking a driver education course means no written test for you! However, if you take Parent Taught Drivers Ed the written test will not be waived. Learn more information at the Oklahoma drivers services page.

If you are 16 or older and have not taken a driver education course, you’ll need to take a 20-question written test in order to demonstrate your understanding of Oklahoma traffic laws, road rules, road signs, and safe driving practices. 

After you’ve completed your driver’s ed course (or turned 16) you can make an appointment to get your Learner Permit. You’ll need a parent or legal guardian to come with you and will need to provide the following items:

  • Proof of enrollment in or completion of a driver’s education course

  • Birth certificate (or another form of primary ID)

  • Social Security card (or another form of secondary ID)

  • Documentation showing you’re currently enrolled in a secondary or vocational-technical school or proof of GED enrollment or completion

You’ll also need to also bring a credit card, cash, or money order to pay the $42.50 fee to print and issue your Learner Permit. 

3. Begin Your Behind-the-Wheel Training

Once you get your Learner Permit, you can begin your behind-the-wheel training. All Oklahoma drivers must complete at least 50 hours of supervised driving while accompanied by a licensed driver (55 hours if doing parent-taught with 10 of those completed at night), who is at least 21 years old and has had their license for at least two years. Ten of these hours must also be completed at night.

4. Complete the Free Work Zone Safety Course

The state of Oklahoma now requires all teens to complete the free Work Zone Safety course before they are eligible to apply for their Intermediate License. The course is designed to teach new drivers what to do when driving through construction work zones and what to do when first responders are on the road with their lights and sirens on. The course completion certificate will be required at the licensing office when you apply for your license.

5. Take Your Driving Test

Once you’ve had your Learner Permit for at least six months, you can apply for an Oklahoma intermediate license by taking the behind-the-wheel driver’s test

According to the Oklahoma Driver’s Manual, when you take your driver’s test you must demonstrate your ability to:

  • Control the car or motorcycle.

  • Properly perform basic maneuvers such as turning right and left, backing, parking parking on a hill, parallel parking, etc.

  • Use signals and drive in the proper lane.

  • Understand and obey traffic signs, markings, and signals.

  • Properly apply the rules of right-of-way.

  • Carefully observe and correctly respond to other vehicles and pedestrians.

You will have at least 50 hours of behind-the-wheel driving instruction (55 hours if not doing parent-taught) to practice these skills (with 10 completed at night), so don’t worry!

You’ll need a parent or guardian to come with you, and you’ll also need to provide the following items:

  • Your learner’s permit

  • Birth certificate (or another form of primary ID)

  • Social Security card (or another form of secondary ID)

  • Documentation showing you’re currently enrolled in a secondary or vocational-technical school or proof of GED enrollment or completion

  • Affidavit of Driver Training Form (completed in front of a notary public)

  • Registration and proof of auto insurance for the vehicle you’ll use to take your test

You’ll also need to bring a credit card, cash, or money order to pay the $25.00 license fee for printing your awesome new license!

6. Get Your Driver’s License!

If you pass your driver’s test, you’ll receive an intermediate driver’s license, which comes with a few restrictions on when you can drive and how many people you can drive. If you took a driver education course, you’ll get your full driver’s license in six months as long as you’ve had no traffic convictions during that time. You’ll have to wait 12 months to get your full license if you didn’t take a driver education course. 

Licensing Steps for Drivers 18+

Getting an Oklahoma driver’s license as an adult over the age of 18 is a fairly simple process. There are no specific training requirements. As long as you can pass the tests, you’ll be able to get your license quickly. Here’s a look at what you’ll need to do.

1. Study for the Written Test and Make an Appointment

The first step is to study the Oklahoma Driver’s Manual and take your written knowledge exam. This will include questions regarding traffic laws, safe driving, and drug and alcohol laws. If you fail your written exam, you’ll need to wait at least one day before you can retake it. 

2. Pass the Written Test & Vision Exam

Bring the following to your appointment:

  • A primary form of ID (ex. birth certificate or U.S. passport)

  • A secondary form of ID (ex. high school diploma or Social Security card)

  • Proof vehicle insurance

  • Your Social Security number

  • Proof of your name change (if applicable)

3. Pass Your Driving Test

The final step is to take and pass your behind-the-wheel driving test. Once you pass your test, you'll receive your Oklahoma driver's license!

The fee for an adult driver license is $42.50. 

OK, Let’s Do This

Now that you know what to do, there’s no stopping you from getting started today. Start by signing up for our online Oklahoma driver's ed course. You'll be able to complete your educational requirements from the comfort of your home and then eventually leave your home in a car that you’re driving yourself! Where is the first place you plan to drive with your newfound freedom? Make it epic, and tag us @aceable on Instagram.

Skip The Classroom and Take Your Oklahoma Drivers Ed Course Online with Aceable!

Teen Drivers Ed

Elizabeth McBride

Updated 12/1/23