Passing one’s driver’s permit test or driver’s test and
earning a driver’s license is a rite of passage. While it does not confer upon
the person who receives it the full rights and responsibilities of adulthood,
and it certainly does not allow him or her to buy alcohol before the age of 21
Obtaining a driver’s license has many prerequisites; this
certification is not automatically awarded at a certain age, as one’s
competency to operate a motor vehicle must be verified. Most times, before one
earns a driver’s license he or she will apply for a driver’s permit. This
usually involves at least the passing of a written driver’s permit test.
As for the driver’s test to get a full license, this will
almost certainly involve both a written test on driving theory as well as a
performance test on a road course with a licensed reviewer. In some states,
such as Ohio, the driver’s test will also involve a maneuverability test that has the applicant
drive through a series of cones both with the car in drive and in reverse as an
added assessment of driving prowess. In case of a failure of an individual part
of the driver’s test, the child applicant will be able to retake that failed
section again after a certain amount of time has elapsed.
There are states, meanwhile, notably New Hampshire, that
do not have a learner’s permit program, and others that automatically confer
the rights of a license to those who pass the needed tests. For those states
who fall into neither of those categories, a graduated driver’s license system
is a popular option, in which the young driver moves between a permit, a
provisional license, and a full license. The privileges for each stage varies
the higher up you go.