- New Hampshire residents who wish to drive a motor vehicle.
- New residents - people who move to New Hampshire - are allowed up to 60 days to obtain a New Hampshire driver license.
License Age Requirement
You must be at least 16 years of age to get a New Hampshire driver
license. Persons 16 and 17 years of age may get a New Hampshire driver license only if she or he has passed an approved driver education program. Persons under 18 years of age cannot get a commercial driver license.
You need to go through the following three tests, in order to get a New Hampshire driver license. A vision test - measure how clearly you see, to pass, you must be able to read the 20/40 vision line with both eyes. If you are blind in one eye, you must read the 20/30 vision line. A knowledge test - The driving knowledge test is a 40 question multiple choice test. You will have 40 minutes to complete the test. Each question has four possible answers, only one answer is correct. If you miss more than eight of the total forty questions, the test will automatically terminate and you may request an appointment to retest not sooner than ten days from the current date.
If you hold a valid out-of-state driver license, you do not normally have to take the written test. If you applied for a license to drive a different class of vehicle, you will have to take the written test for that class of vehicle and a road test. If your out-of-state license is not valid, a written and road test may be required. If your driver license was issued by a foreign country, a written and road test may be required. A road test - Measure your skill to drive a motor vehicle properly and safely on
the road During the road test, you will be scored on :
Your skill in handling the vehicle in traffic.
Your driving habits.
Your working knowledge and understanding of traffic signs and rules of the road.
How well you physically, mentally and emotionally handle the actual stress of driving in traffic.
Your attitude toward driving and personal and public safety.
The road test is a sample of your driving skills. The average test will take 15 to 20 minutes.
To pass the road test, you must be able to show you can drive a motor vehicle with good control. You must possess certain basic driving skills and be able to demonstrate your ability to share the road with safety and courtesy.
Pass the Tests
As soon as you pass all 3 parts of the driver test, you will be issued a 60 day paper temporary license. The permanent license will be mailed
to you within 60 days.
Fail the Tests
If you fail any part of the driver test, the remainder of the test will not
be given. A retest will be scheduled at the convenience of the division.
vehicles in New Hampshire are classified according to the manufacturer's gross vehicle weight rating and body style. Drivers must have the proper class of license to drive any vehicle.
Class A - CDL-A
Class B - CDL-B
Class C - CDL-C
Class D - Operator
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