Office Hours
The Driver's Services Desk is open Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. Testing for Class D Licenses is available until 5:00 p.m. Testing for Commercial Licenses is available until 4:30 p.m. Drivers Services is located at the Blaine County Annex Building at 219 First Avenue South in Hailey, Idaho. The phone number is (208) 788-5565. The Driver's Services desk is responsible for the testing and issuance or renewal of driver's licenses, driving and concealed weapon permits and identification cards. Car registration or title issuance, VIN inspections, and license plates can be obtained through the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Licensing Information
Anyone who operates a motor vehicle on the public roads in Idaho is required to have a valid driver's license. Students attending a college or university in Idaho and members of the U.S. Military on active duty and their dependents who hold a valid drivers license from another state or country and who claim residency in that state or country, are not required to obtain an Idaho driver's license.

Age Requirements
You can be licensed in Idaho when you are 15 years old. However, if you are under 17 years old, you must first successfully complete an approved driver's training program. Under Idaho's Graduated Driver's License Program, you must then complete a Supervised Instruction Period (SIP). After completing the SIP, you will be eligible to apply for a driver's license. This license will be restricted to driving during the daylight hours only until you are 16 years old.

If you are under 16 years of age, you are only authorized to drive during daylight hours-unless you are supervised by a valid, licensed driver who is at least 21 years old and is sitting in the front seat beside you. No other passengers are allowed in the front seat. Daylight hours are defined as from "1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset."

New Residents
When moving to Idaho you will need to apply for an Idaho driver's license within 90 days of residing in Idaho, whether your out-of-state license has expired or not. If you have a Commercial Driver's License (CDL), you are required to be licensed in Idaho within 30 days of residing in Idaho.

IDAHO DRIVER’S LICENSE / ID CARD
FEE SCHEDULES
ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE

OPERATOR (CLASS D)

FEE

1 YEAR LICENSE (age 17)

$15.00

3 YEAR LICENSE (under 18)

$25.00

3 YEAR LICENSE (age 18-21)

$25.00

1 YEAR LICENSE (age 20)

$15.00

4 YEAR LICENSE (age 21 and over)

$30.00

8 YEAR LICENSE (age 21 to 62)

$55.00

INSTRUCTION PERMIT (IP)

$15.00

KNOWLEDGE TEST

$3.00

SKILLS TEST ($3.50 to county, $17.50 to tester)

$24.00

DUPLICATE LICENSE / IP / SIP

$15.00

COMMERCIAL DRIVER TRAINING PERMIT / SIP

$10.00

DRIVER TRAINING INSTRUCTION PERMIT / SIP

$21.50

COMMERCIAL (CLASS A, B, & C)

FEE

1 YEAR LICENSE (age 20)

$15.00

3 YEAR LICENSE (age 18 to 21)

$30.00

4 YEAR LICENSE (age 21 and over)

$40.00

INSTRUCTION PERMIT (must have ID license)

$29.00

KNOWLEDGE TEST

$3.00

SKILLS TEST ($10.00 to county, $60 to tester)

$70.00

ENDORSEMENT KNOWLEDGE TEST

$3.00

ADDITIONAL ENDORSEMENT

$15.00

DUPLICATE LICENSE

$15.00

LICENSE UPGRADE

$25.00

SEASONAL CDL (6 month)

$39.00

MOTORCYCLE

FEE

INSTRUCTION PERMIT (must have ID license)

$15.00

DUPLICATE PERMIT

$15.00

KNOWLEDGE TEST

$3.00

SKILLS TEST (collected by skills tester)

$10.00

ONE-TIME “M” ENDORSEMENT

$15.00

IDENTICATION CARD

FEE

ID CARD (under age 18)

$10.00

ID CARD (age 18 to 21)

$10.00

4 YEAR ID CARD (age 21 and over)

$10.00

8 YEAR ID CARD (age 21 and over)

$20.00

DUPLICATE ID CARD

SAME FEE AS ORIGINAL

ALL RETEST FEES ARE THE SAME AS THE ORIGINAL TEST FEES

ALL FEES AND INFORMATION SUBJECT TO CHANGE OR CORRECTION BY THE IDAHO TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT

LICENSE TYPES

CLASS A, B & C LICENSES
are Commercial Driver's Licenses (CDLs) that allow a person to operate certain types of commercial vehicles. A commercial vehicle, for driver-licensing purposes, is a vehicle that either has a manufactured gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more, is placarded for hazardous materials, or designed to carry 16 people or more. The Commercial Driver's License Manual which provides detailed information about CDL applications and requirements is available in English or Spanish at our Driver's Service Desk located in the Blaine County Annex at 219 First Avenue South in Hailey, Idaho. CLASS D LICENSES all drivers to operate non-commercial motor vehicles.

CLASS D INSTRUCTION PERMITS allow people to practice driving a motor vehicle for 180 days when accompanied by an adult (age 18 years old or older) who holds a valid driver's license. There permits are available if you are at least 15 years old and have successfully completed an approved or accredited driver training program and the Graduated Driver's Licensing Program (GDL). If you have not successfully completed driver training and the GDL Program, you must pass a written knowledge test and be at least 17 years old to be issued an instruction permit.

MOTORCYCLE (M) ENDORSEMENTS are required on any Class D or Commercial Driver's License when a motorcycle rider operates on public roadways.

A motorcycle is defined as a motor vehicle that has a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and is designed to travel with not more than three wheels in contact with the ground. Tractors and mopeds are not classified as motorcycles. You must pass a written and a skills test before receiving a motorcycle endorsement. If you are surrendering an out-of-state license that has a motorcycle endorsement, you are still required to pass a written motorcycle knowledge test. If your out-of-state license has been expired for one year or longer, you will also be required to take the skills test.

The Motorcycle Operator's Manual which provides detail information about motorcycle endorsement requirements is available at our Driver's Service Desk located in the Blaine County Annex at 219 First Avenue South in Hailey, Idaho.

MOTORCYCLE INSTRUCTION PERMITS are available for those who want to learn how to operate a motorcycle. You must have a valid Idaho driver's license to apply for a motorcycle instruction permit. You must also take and pass a written knowledge test.

DRIVER TRAINING
An approved Idaho driver-training program consists of a required 1800 minutes (30 hours) of classroom instruction, 360 minutes (6 hours) of in-car observation in a driver-training car, and 360 minutes (6 hours) of behind the wheel driving with a driver training instructor. Driver training is required for anyone under 17 years old who is applying for an Idaho driver's license. The Department of Education provides approved courses through commercial and public schools. Most Idaho school districts offer driver-training programs in cooperation with the Department of Education. The courses are open to all Idaho residents between the ages of 14 1/2 and 21, even if they are not public school students.

If you are under 17 years old and have completed driver training in another state (whether you have been issued a license in that state or not), you will be required to provide acceptable proof of driver training completion that meets or exceeds Idaho's standards. If the program you completed out of state does not meet Idaho standards, you will be required to take an Idaho approved driver training course. If you are not surrendering an out-of-state license, you will also be required to complete a supervised driving period prior to licensing.

DRIVER TRAINING / SUPERVISED INSTRUCTION PERMITS
You must have a driver training permit/supervised instruction permit to attend any commercial or public school driver training program. While you are enrolled in a driver's training program, these permits are valid only to operate a vehicle with a driver training instructor. When you have successfully completed a driver's training program and the instructor has signed the permit, you will be eligible to begin the supervised instruction period required by Idaho's Graduated Driver's License (GDL) program.

The documents required to get a driver-training permit are the same as those required for a driver's license and are listed below. The certified birth certificate you provide must show mother/father for liability purposes. A driver training permit expires one year from the issue date and the fee is not refundable. Driver training programs for public school programs and commercial driving training programs are different. You may not use a public school permit for a commercial program nor use a commercial permit for a public school program.

GRADUATED DRIVER'S LICENSE PROGRAM
Effective January 1, 2001, anyone under 17 years of age who has not been issued a driver's license in Idaho must successfully complete an approved driver training program and comply with the requirements of the Graduated Drive Licensing (GDL) program. Under the GDL Program, you will be required to complete a minimum four-month, violation-free supervised instruction period, during which you must:

  • be accompanied by a supervising valid licensed driver at least 21 years old who is occupying the seat beside the driver (no other passengers are allowed in the front seat),
  • assure that all occupants are wearing seat belts or child restraints if required,
  • observe all laws regarding alcohol and other intoxicating substances, and
  • accumulate at least 50 hours of supervised driving time, ten hours of which must be at night.
If you are convicted of violating any traffic laws while you are operating under the Supervised Instruction Permit (SIP), the permit will be cancelled and you must reapply for a new SIP. You minimum four months of supervised driving begins all over again with the issuance of a new permit. Once you have successfully met the requirements of the GDL, you will be required to take and pass a skills test and a written knowledge test before receiving a driver's license. A parent or legal guardian may accompany you during the test after signing a liability waiver.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR LICENSING
If you are a new applicant for a driver's license, instruction permit, identity card, or driver training permit, you are required to provide the following documents:
  • Proof of Idaho Residency
  • Proof of Age and Identity
  • Social Security Card
  • Visual / Medical Certification (if required)
  • Liability Signer
  • Non-Idaho Driver's License or I.D. Cards
  • Driver Training Completion
  • School Enrollment or Completion
Additional information regarding the documents required for licensing, license renewals, duplicate licenses extensions, examinations, and record changes is provided in the Idaho Driver's Manual which can be obtained at our driver's services desk located in the Blaine County Annex at 219 First Avenue South in Hailey, Idaho or is available online at the Idaho Transportation Department Driver' Service link provided below:

www.itd.idaho.gov/dmv/DriverServices/ds.htm


 
 

 

Blaine County Sheriff’s Office

1650 Aviation Drive

Hailey, Idaho 83333

Phone: 208-788-5555

Fax: 208-788-3592

E-mail: sheriff@blainecounty.org