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In most situations, drivers license endorsements are used for granting you additional driving privileges without having you to apply for a different type of drivers license. Most of the Alabama driver's license endorsements apply to commercial drivers licenses and thus won't be useful to those who currently hold a regular class C license. However, there are exceptions to this trend, such as a motorcycle endorsement. A motorcycle endorsement can be added to any regular drivers license.
In certain situation, the Department of Public Safety may be forced to place a restriction onto your Alabama drivers license, to keep you and other drivers around you safe. Restrictions are placed onto your Alabama drivers license at the time of issuance and they usually denote a limitation in your driving ability or a health condition that may affect your ability to operate a vehicle. Removing a restriction from your Alabama driver license will require you to to submit to additional testing that will prove that the condition that warranted for the restriction in the first place no longer applies. Teen drivers should be mindful of Alabama provisional license restrictions that are part of the state's graduated license program.
The most common problem faced by Alabama drivers license applicants is the abundance of information and advice on how to apply for a drivers license. First time applicants are usually swamped by the amount of information that is dropped on them - testing procedures, age requirements, graduated license rules. We will try to join all those things together in an attempt to make the process of applying for the Alabama driver license a little easier for you. The exact requirements that are presented before Alabama driver's license applicants are age dependent, so we have broken the instructions into two separate sections.
Should you choose to obtain a driver license in Alabama, you will need to start by applying for an Alabama learners permit. The Alabama drivers permit, also referred to as a learners license, was designed to give you a chance to practice driving in a relatively safe driving environment. The application process is age dependent and everyone who wishes to apply for the Alabama learners permit before their 18th birthday needs to follow the state's graduated license program.
Taking a driving test in Alabama is not much different from taking a drivers license test anywhere else around the country. The drivers test is administered by the Alabama Department of Public Safety and it must be scheduled well in advance if you want to get the date that is convenient for you. If you are applying for your first license, you must receive a learners license before you can schedule your Alabama drivers license test. Teenagers taking the driving test before their 18th birthday will need to meet all graduated license requirements prior to taking the road skills exam.