With 4 levels within the Graduated Licensing of Nebraska there are a few twists on the system that you may not see in other states.
Under 18 Permits
School Learner’s Permit, 14 years to 16 years
The SLP in Nebraska is needed in order to drive legally under direct supervision within the bounds of a School Permit and is a pre-requisite for the next stage the School Permit (SCP). This permit is only valid for 3 months and can then be renewed, but applicants must drive with another licensed driver at least 21 years old at all times. The applicant must also pass written and vision tests.
School Permit, 14 years, 2 months
Applicants for the SCP permit must live outside a city of 5001 residents or attend a school outside a city of the same number of residents and must live at least 1.5 miles or more from school and also hold the SLP. Holders of this permit can drive alone to or from school and school activities over the most direct and accessible routes. At any other time the permit holder is required to have another driver over 21 years old accompany them. The SCP also expires at 16 years, 3 months old.
In order to attain the SCP applicants must complete a driver’s education safety course, pass driving and written tests or present to the DMV a certificate from a parent or guardian for the 50 Hour Certification of driving with them. 10 of those hours need to have been at night. Written and driving tests are waived if the driver safety course is taken, passed and proof is provided. With only the 50 Hour Certification the applicant must also pass the driving test.
Learner’s Permit (LPD), 15 years
For those applicants that live closer than 1.5 miles to their school or live in a city more than 5001 residents their first permit is available at 15 with this LPD. The written test required for the LPD may be taken up to 60 days before the applicants 15th birthday but the permit will not be granted until their birthday. For anyone with a LPE or SCP or previous LPD the written test required for this permit will be waived. This permit is valid for a year.
Provisional Operator’s Permit (POP), 16 years
Although the tests for the POP can be taken 60 days prior to your 16th birthday, the permit will not be available until the 16th birthday. The applicant must also have held an LPE, LPD or SCP for at least 6 months prior to applying and must not have had any traffic violations for the last 6 months.
With this permit, you can drive alone during the day and must have an accompanied adult licensed driver over 21 between midnight and 6am except to and from home and a work or school activity. During the first 6 months the driver must also not transport more than 1 passenger who is not an immediate family member or who is under 19 years of age.
To get a POP permit, applicants must have completed an approved driver safety course or completed the 50 Hour Certification. A 50 Hour Certification will also require a driving and written test if not already completed.
Full Operator’s Permit, 17 years
If a POP has been held for 12 months and not accumulated more than 3 points on their driving record they are eligible to apply for the full license online. If a POP is held until 18-21 years old the written and driver tests are waived and a full license can be gained online.
Adult Drivers & Out of State
Adult drivers over 18 years of age must still hold a POP license for at least 12 months prior to gaining a full license in the state. To gain a POP a written and driving test will be required.
For out of state drivers simply attend a local DMV driver station to obtain your new Nebraska license. If you are under 18 years old, you will need to follow the guidelines for GDL as listed above. If your license as an adult is expired more than a year, you will need to follow the procedure for an adult license.