Driver's license definition

A driver's license is an official document, often plastic and the size of a credit card, which allows a person individual to operate one or more types of motorized vehicles (i.e. motorcycle, car, truck, bus) on a public road.

Driver's licenses issued in the United States by each state, territory, and the District of Columbia, typically from their Department or Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). They are not issued by the federal government. Drivers are usually required to get a license from their state of residence.

All states recognize each other’s licenses for non-resident age requirements. It is possible for a state to suspend a person’s driving privilege within its borders for traffic violations. Many states share a common license class system, with a few exceptions.

How to get a driver's license

Since driver's licenses are issued by each state, rules vary and they are not exactly the same in California, Florida or Texas. Normally, you must pass a written, driving, and vision test in order to obtain your driver's license.

Also, you will have to prove your identity by presenting a valid birth certificate, state-issued I.D. card, or passport.