Need a driver license? Save time at the MVD office by going online first

Driver License Issuance Process Infographic

Driver License Issuance Process Infographic

Planning on applying for a driver license, instructional permit or identification card anytime soon? You can save time by submitting your application online before heading to a Motor Vehicle Division office.

Be Prepared

To begin, go to the ADOT MVD website and click on “Driver License Information” under the Driver Services heading. From there, click on the link to complete the driver license/identification card application online and submit it. There is also a link to a list of acceptable proof of identification for applying for a credential.

Once the application has been submitted, print out the confirmation page containing a barcode and bring that along with appropriate identification documents to the MVD office or one of the 14 Authorized Third Party offices that offer driver license services. The printed barcode will allow staff to retrieve your online application from the computer system.

Online applications can be completed for an operator, commercial driver and motorcycle license, as well as an instructional permit and identification card. The applicant must pay the appropriate fee at the office and may be required to take the written or road skills test if necessary.

More tips for faster service

  • The best days to visit an office are usually Wednesday and Thursday.
  • The busiest days tend to be around the 15th and the last day of the month, which are vehicle registration renewal deadlines, as well as the day after a holiday or other office closure.
  • If you have an out-of-state driver license or identification card, bring it with you to the office.

For more information or questions about the driver license application process, please visit: You can also revisit some of our previous posts on the subject.