Driver?s License for Beginners
Getting that first driver's license is a dream in every young person's life Being able to have some freedom and going out on their own makes the wait worthwhileGetting that first driver's license is a dream in every young person's life. Being able to have some freedom and going out on their own makes the wait worthwhile. The driver's license permits, by law, a person to operate a motor vehicle. That motor vehicle can be a car, truck, motorcycle or a bus. To acquire a driver's license one must go through a long process in the United States that is pretty much universal from state to state. The only difference from state to state is the age that a person may get their driver's license at.
Not many know this but the very first driver's license, if it can be called that, was issued way back in 1888. It was issued to Karl Benz by the Grand Ducal authorities. Why? Local residents complained about the noise and smell of his vehicle so he received permission to operate it on the public streets; thus receiving the first ever driver's license. In the United States, the first driver's license was issued only to chauffeurs in New York state on August 1, 1910. The first state to require all drivers to have a license after passing a driving test was New Jersey in July of 1913.
To acquire a driver's license one must pass a course known as driver's education. Most public and private high schools offer this course for a semester's length so the students do not have to take it at the DMV. After passing driver's education, the student receives a certificate of excellence and then can sign up for behind the wheel driving lessons. There are high schools that offer behind the wheel course and there are independent companies that offer behind the wheel lessons as well. Each student vying for their permit must complete six hours of behind the wheel with a licensed instructor.
Once the permit is acquired the learning driver is 'permitted' to operate a vehicle with the supervision of a licensed adult. A driver with a learner's permit is allowed to drive at any time of the day and with as many people in the car as long as they are with another licensed adult. If the learner was to break any laws while driving with a permit the same fines that would apply to a licensed driver would apply to them. The learner's permit is enforced for six months whether or not the learner is of legal age to have a license.
Once the time comes for the driving test the learner must be escorted by a parent or guardian to the testing facility with a car that meets the DMV's standards, has insurance and has not failed any recent inspections. It must also have an emergency break in between the driver's seat and the passenger seat. If the learner passes the test they receive their license, which more than likely has restrictions on it for a new driver, and can begin driving on their own.
Driver's licenses are useful not only for driving purposes but also determine whether or not a person is an organ donor and it is the most common form of identification not only across the country but across the globe.