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Frequently Asked Questions - Nebraska Teen Driver

The State of Nebraska has the following requirements when applying for a permit:

Farm Husbandry Permit (Special and Temporary)
• You must be at least 13 years old and live on a farm or 14 years old if employed on a farm for wages. This permit will allow you to operate a mini-truck or an off-road vehicle used for agricultural, horticultural or livestock-raising operations for lifting or carrying an implement of husbandry.
• You must be able to pass a written, vision and driving test for a special permit and only a vision test for a temporary permit.

The temporary permit expires six months from the date issued and the special permit will expire on your 16th birthday.

Learner’s Permit (LPE)
• You must be between 14 and 16 years old.
• You must pass a written and vision test.

This permit is used for students who want to legally practice driving before applying for a School Permit and it expires three months after the date issued.

School Permit (SCP)
• You must be at least 14 years and two months old.
• You must have held an LPE or LPD for at least two months.

A School Permit allows you to operate a motor vehicle, motorcycle or moped to and from school if the following circumstances apply:

• You live one and a half miles or more from your school.
• You live outside a city of 5,000 or more.
• You attend a school outside a city of 5,000 or more.

You may only operate a motor vehicle unsupervised to and from your school under the following conditions:

• You must travel over the most direct route on the nearest highway from your residence.
• To attend any school-related activity.
• To transport another family member to school or school-related activity who lives with you.

You are allowed to use a School Permit at anytime when accompanied by a licensed driver who is 21 years or older and the permit will expire when you are 16 years and 3 months old.

Learner’s Permit (Type LPD)
• You must be at least 15 years old.
• You must pass a written and vision test. The written test may be waived if you have been issued an LPE, SCP or if your LPD has been expired for less than one year.

The LPD expires one year from the date issued.

Provisional Operator’s Permit (POP)
• You must be at least 16 years old.
• You must have held an LPE, SCP or LPD for at least six months and not have more than three points of your driving record during the six-month period before applying.
• You must pass a written, vision and driving test. The written and drive tests may be waived if you have a signed form from a driver safety course instructor. The written test may be waived if you have been issued an LPD, SCP or and LPD or it has been expired for less than one year. The written and vision tests may be waived if your SCP is valid or has been expired for less than one year.

The POP will expire on your 18th birthday.

The State of Nebraska has the following educational requirements:

School Permit (SCP)
• You must successfully complete an approved Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) driver safety course, or
• You must complete a 50-hour certification form signed by your parent, legal guardian or a licensed drive who is 21 years or older.

• Provisional Operator’s Permit (POP)
• You must successfully an approved Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) driver safety course, or
• You must complete a 50-hour certification form signed by your parent, legal guardian or a licensed drive who is 21 years or older. The certification form must indicate that at least 10 hours of driving was done between sunset and sunrise.

To obtain an Operator’s License, you must meet the following requirements:

Operator’s License (Class O)
• You must be at least 17 years old.
• You must have held a POP for at least 12 months.
• You must not have more than three points on your driving record during the 12-month period before applying.
• You must pass a vision test if you held a POP. If you are 18 or older and have not held a POP, you must pass the written, visions and driving tests. The written test may be waived if you previously held an LPD.

A Class O Operator’s License authorizes you to operate a motor vehicle, moped or an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). The Operator’s License will expire on your 21st birthday.

There are no specific restrictions for new drivers, but anyone operating a motor vehicle is prohibited from using a wireless communication device to read, write or send text messages. The law includes the following exceptions in emergencies:

• Firefighters
• Emergency medical technicians
• Law enforcement officers
• Ambulance drivers
• Any driver in an emergency situation

If you violate this law, you will be fined $200 for a first offense, $300 for a second offense and $500 for a third or subsequent offense.

The Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires all applicants to provide proof of identity, Social Security number or exemption and proof of residency by submitting the following documents:

Identity Verification (One document with name and date of birth)
• Valid Nebraska digital photo image retained in the DMV computer system
• Certified birth certificate issued by a State government office. Applicants presenting a city of county birth certificate may be asked to provide an additional identification document. Birth certificates issued by a hospital or issued from Puerto Rico prior to September 30, 2010 are not acceptable.
• Valid permit, operator’s license, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) or state identification card issued in another state or place of United States jurisdiction (Must not be altered or mutilated)
• Valid foreign passport with (I-94 or I-94A) record of arrival and departure. An I-20 will also be required for F1, F2, J1 or J2 status. An I-797 may be required if the I-94 or I-94A is stamped as “Refugee”. (Form I-151, I-94W or I-94 Border Crosser will not be accepted)
• Valid Permanent Resident Card (I-551)
• Valid ADIT stamp “Processed for I-551” in foreign passport
• Valid Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
• Certificate of Naturalization (N-560 or N-570)
• Certificate of Citizenship (N-560 or N-451)
• Consular Report of Birth Abroad issued by the U.S. Department of State (FS-240, DS-1350 or FS-545)
• Valid military identification card or DD214 discharge papers
• Letter from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services on State letterhead showing a ward of the state’s name and date of birth
• Tribal card containing name and date of birth
• Valid Job Corps Card containing name and date of birth

Principal Address Verification (Must present two documents of Nebraska principal address and post office boxes will not be accepted. Applicants under 21 can provide proof of parent or legal guardian’s address)
• Utility bill or credit card bill issued within the last 90 days
• Account statement issued from a bank or other financial institution issued within the last 90 days
• Valid Nebraska vehicle registration
• Nebraska Voter Registration card
• Paystub or earning statement issued within the last 90 days with name and address of the employer
• Federal, state or local government documents issued within the last 90 days, such as assessments, licenses or receipts with the exception of previous Nebraska licensing and state identification card documents issued prior to July 20, 2009
• Valid auto, health, home insurance or life insurance policy or card
• Mortgage, lease or rental agreement (Lease and rental agreements must include landlord’s name and contact information)
• Nebraska DMV 30-day receipt
• Nebraska DMV Renewal Notice
• Valid real estate tax statement or receipt
• Magazines issued within the last 90 days
• Any envelope, box or postcard that has been sent indicating a postmark or stamped date within the last 90 days
• Blank check if accompanied by another document listed above
• Valid license over 90 days old (nursing, law, teaching, hair, etc.) if accompanied by another document listed above
• Any correspondence, receipt or invoice dated within the last 90 days if accompanied by another document listed above

Social Security Number of Exemption (May be required and must include complete Social Security number)
• Social Security Card
• W-2 form
• SSA-1099 form
• Paystub showing applicant’s name and Social Security number
• Valid I-94 or I-94A with record of arrival and departure in valid foreign passport

The State of Nebraska has the following restrictions:

Learner’s Permit (LPE) and Learner’s Permit (Type LPD)
• You must be accompanied by a licensed drive who is 21 years or older. This person must sit in the seat next to you at all times.
• You are prohibited from using any type of wireless communication device while driving.

School Permit (SCP)
• You are allowed to drive unsupervised to and from school by taking the most direct route. All other driving must be supervised by a licensed driver who is 21 years or older. This person must sit in the seat next to you at all times.
• You are prohibited from using any type of wireless communication device while driving.

Provisional Operator’s Permit (POP)
• For the first six months, you may only have one passenger under the age of 19 in your vehicle unless they are member of your immediate family.
• You may drive unsupervised from 12 am to 6 am only if you are driving to or from work or to or from a school-sponsored activity.
• You are prohibited from using any type of wireless communication device while driving.

The State of Nebraska requires drivers to pass the following tests:

Written Knowledge Test
• The written knowledge test consists of multiple-choice questions, which covers the Nebraska traffic laws and road signs. You must correctly answer 20 out of 25 questions to pass the test.

Vision Test
• You must be able to pass the vision test with an acuity of 20/40 in both eyes or 20/40 in one eye and not worse than 20/60 in the other eye. The peripheral vision standard is 140 degrees or greater. You must have a visual acuity of 20/70 with both eyes with or without using corrective lenses and at least 100 degrees of visual field.

Road Skills Test
• The driving test will be conducted to check how well you control a motor vehicle and to ensure that your vehicle is in proper working order. You must score at least 80 points out of 100 in order to pass. If you fail the test, you will receive an Examiner Refusal Certificate indicating when you can retake the test.

When applying for a permit or operator’s license, you will need to do the following:

• Fill out the Nebraska Application For Revision Operator’s License/Permit/ID Card form.
• You must have parental consent if you are under the age of 18.
• Pay the appropriate fee in cash which ranges from $7.50 to $26.50.
• Submit the required documents as proof of identity, residency and legal presence to the Driver’s License Examiner.

You may also be asked to show your Social Security Card for verification.

It is recommended that you and your parents sign a written agreement defining the rules, restrictions and the privileges of driving. A Parent/Teen agreement should include the following:

• Set expectations for practice driving
• Establish guidelines to minimize the risks
• Define parameters to increase driving privileges
• Outline the consequences for violating the rules

A written contract can help both the teen driver and parents to stay on track.

Before applying for any type of permit, you should study the Nebraska Driver’s Manual, which covers the following topics:

• Nebraska License to Drive
• Important Driver Information
• Signs, Signals and Markings
• Rules of the Road
• Special Driving Conditions
• Sharing the Road With Other Users
• If You’re Involved in a Crash

The manual is available on the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicle’s (DMV) website in both written and audio formats. A hard copy can be obtained at any Driver Licensing Office.