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AN OVERVIEW OF GRADUATED LICENSING IN NEBRASKA

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School Learnerís Permit (LPE) Ė An LPE is issued for the purpose of allowing a student to legally practice driving for a School Permit. Individuals applying for an LPE must be eligible for a School Permit and meet all School Permit criteria. Individuals must be at least 14, but younger than 16 years to apply for an LPE. The LPE is valid for three months and may be renewed. LPE holders must be accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old. Applicant must pass the vision and written tests prior to the LPE being issued.

School Permit (SCP) Ė The applicant must live at least 1.5 miles or more from the school he or she attends and either resides outside a city of 5,001 or more or attends a school outside a city of 5,001 or more. A person holding an SCP may operate a motor vehicle: 1) unsupervised to and from where he or she attends school and between schools of enrollment over the most direct and accessible route by the nearest highway from his or her place of residence to transport such person or any family member who resides with such person to attend duly scheduled courses of instructions and extracurricular or school-related activities at the school he or she attends; or 2) any time when accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old.

Applicants must hold an LPE or LPD for at least two months before they can apply for an SCP. They must also be at least 14 years and two months old, but younger than 16 years and three months of age to be issued an SCP. The SCP expires when the individual is 16 years and three months of age.

Before individuals can apply for a SCP they must do one of the following: 1) complete a DMV approved driver safety course and pass a written and driving test given by the driver safety course instructor, or 2) present to the Driver Licensing Staff a 50 Hour Certification form signed by a parent, guardian or licensed driver who is at least 21 years old. The 50 Hour Certification form must be obtained from the DMV and must indicate that at least 10 hours of motor vehicle operation was between sunset and sunrise.

The written and drive test will be waived if the applicant has completed a DMV approved driver safety course. Individuals will not be given a paper waiver form by the School unless they did not have a learners permit (LPE/LPD) issued by the DMV when they took the course. Schools transmit all course completion results electronically to the DMV. Individuals, who had a learnerís permit when taking the course and who meet all eligibility requirements may go online at www.CLICKDMV.ne.gov to obtain their school permit. They can also visit any driver licensing office to do so. Individuals who did not have a learnerís permit when taking the course will be required to make application for the school permit and present their paper waiver form to any driver licensing examiner.

If an individual presents the 50 Hour Certification form and has been issued an LPE or LPD that is valid or expired no more than one year the written test will be waived. They will be required to pass a drive test administered by Driver Licensing Staff before the SCP will be issued.

Learner's Permits (LPD) - Individual may apply and take the written test 60 days prior to their 15th birthday. However, the LPD cannot be issued until the individual turns 15. LPD holders must be accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old. The applicant must pass the vision and written tests prior to the LPD being issued. The written test will be waived for any person who has been issued an LPE, SCP or previous LPD that is valid or has been expired for no more than one year. The LPD is valid for one year and may be renewed.

Provisional Operator's Permit (POP) - Individual may apply and take the tests 60 days prior to their 16th birthday. However, the POP cannot be issued until the individual turns 16, has held an LPE, LPD or SCP for at least six months and has not accumulated three or more points on their driving record during the six month period immediately preceding the POP application date. The POP expires on the applicant's 18th birthday. The POP allows an individual to operate a motor vehicle unsupervised in Nebraska from 6 a.m. - 12 midnight. Individuals may drive unsupervised between 12 midnight and 6 a.m. if they are driving to or from home to work or a school activity. Individuals may drive anytime if they are accompanied by a parent, guardian or licensed driver who is at least 21 years old. During the first six months of the POP, the holder can only operate a motor vehicle with no more than one passenger who is not an immediate family member and who is under nineteen years of age.

Before individuals can apply for a POP they must do one of the following: 1) complete a DMV approved driver safety course and pass a written and driving test given by the driver safety course instructor, or 2) present to the Driver Licensing Staff a 50 Hour Certification form signed by a parent, guardian or licensed driver who is at least 21 years old. The 50 Hour Certification form must be obtained from the DMV and must indicate that at least 10 hours of motor vehicle operation was between sunset and sunrise.

The written and drive test will be waived if the applicant has completed a DMV approved driver safety course. Individuals will not be given a paper waiver form by the School unless they did not have a learnerís permit (LPE/LPD) or school permit issued by the DMV when they took the course. Schools transmit all course completion results electronically to the DMV. Individuals, who had a learnerís permit when taking the course, OR who were previously issued a school permit and meet all eligibility requirements may go online at www.CLICKDMV.ne.gov to obtain their POP. They can also visit any driver licensing office to do so. Individuals who did not have a learnerís permit when taking the course will be required to make application for the POP and present their paper waiver form to any driver licensing examiner.

If an individual presents the 50 Hour Certification form the written test will be waived if they have been issued a LPE or LPD that is valid or expired no more than one year. They will be required to pass a drive test administered by a Driver Licensing Staff before the POP will be issued.

Individuals under the age of 18 years old who have held a POP for at least 12 months and who have not accumulated three or more points on their driving records during the previous 12 month period are eligible for an operatorís license. Since the written and drive tests are waived Ė they are eligible to obtain the license online at www.CLICKDMV.ne.gov or by applying at any driver licensing office.

If an individual holds a POP and waits until they are between 18-21 years of age to apply for an operatorís license, the written and drive tests will be waived. These individuals are eligible to obtain their license online at www.CLICKDMV.ne.gov or by applying at any driver licensing office.

Any individual under the age of 21 years old who holds a POP or operator's license and who accumulates within any 12 month period a total of six or more points on their driving record will be required to attend and successfully complete a driver improvement course. This course will consist of at least eight hours of instruction. If an individual fails to complete the course within three months after notification by the Department, their POP or operator's license will be suspended.

The Nebraska Safety Center shall offer a DMV approved driver safety course at least once each year in any county where no approved course is offered.

All persons being transported in a motor vehicle operated by a holder of a SCP or POP are required to ride secured in an occupant protection system.

The holder of an LPE, SCP, LPD or POP shall not use any type of interactive wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle. Interactive wireless communication device means any wireless electronic communication between two or more parties, including, but not limited to, a mobile or cellular phone, a text messaging device, a personal digital assistant that sends or receives messages, an audio-video player that sends or receives messages, or a laptop computer.

You may be eligible to get your POP or School Permit online.

COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. Iíve heard that it isnít necessary to study for the written driverís license test. Is that true?

What you heard wasnít true! The written test failure rate in 2013 for individuals applying for an LPE was 36%, LPD was 44%, SCP 43% and POP 38%. Please take the time to prepare before coming to the exam office.

2.What could I do to improve my chances of passing the written test?

Carefully study the Nebraska Driverís Manual. You can also take the Interactive Driverís License Test online at: www.nebraska.gov/dmv_cgi/2003exam/practice_test.cgi.

The questions on the Interactive Driverís License Test are identical to the ones on the ďrealĒ written test.

3.How do I know if the driver safety course I have signed up for has been approved by the Department of Motor Vehicles?

You can contact the Department at 402-471-3861 or check the Department's home page at http://www.dmv.nebraska.gov/examining/trngtest/pop.html to see if the course you are interested in has been approved.

Additional information can be found on the DMV website: www.dmv.nebraska.gov