Driver's Licenses - Ada County Sheriff

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Driver’s Licenses

Licensing Hours:Idaho_drivers_license
Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Written knowledge testing is offered Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m

Commercial driver’s license testing is offered Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

We accept cash, personal checks (no out-of-state), debit cards, and Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover credit cards.

Where can I get a driver’s license or permit?

400 N. Benjamin Ln
Boise, ID 83704

(208) 577-3100

Save yourself some time!

Visit us during less busy times and you’ll have a shorter wait. It’s generally less busy before noon, and the shortest wait times are usually on Wednesday and Thursday.

You can also schedule an appointment — and avoid the line. Visit the appointment calendar, see what days and times are open, and set it up. Please note that all scheduled appointments have a 10-minute grace period. If you don’t check in during that time period, your appointment will be canceled.

Did you know that you can renew your driver’s license up to 25 months before it expires? Renewing early doesn’t affect your license expiration date, so you could save yourself some time and prevent headaches down the line by getting in well before your license expires.

NOTE: The Idaho Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is installing new software that affects systems for driver’s licenses, identification (ID) cards and various permits. Customers should expect longer wait times than usual through October as offices all over Idaho adopt the new system.

Idaho Star Card

Beginning October 1, 2020, you will need to have a license or Identification (ID) card with the Star or another accepted form of identification, such as a passport, to fly commercially within the United States or access a federal facility, national laboratory, or military base.

Check out this step-by-step list on how to get a Star Card. Here is the documents checklist needed for applying or renewing your driver’s license/Star Card. (The short version is you need documents to prove who you are, including what your legal name is; you social security number; and proof of Idaho residency).

The Star Card doesn’t cost anymore than a regular Idaho Driver’s License and will allow you access to more places, so we encourage everyone to get one when it’s time to renew.

What do I need to bring to get a driver’s permit?

  1. Social security number
  2. Certified birth certificate (original document)
  3. Verification of school enrollment letter
  4. Acceptable photo identification: school-issued activity card, yearbook, passport or military ID
  5. A birth parent or legal guardian must accompany the applicant

The Idaho Department of Transportation Driver’s License Fact Sheet should answer every question you have about the process, including the list of fees. After successfully completing the application process, you will be issued a temporary driver’s license.

Your official license will be mailed to your home address 2-to-3 weeks later.

Note: Children are not permitted in the testing area. If you need to take one of the written or computer tests, please make other arrangements. Supervised children are permitted in the lobby area.

The Driver’s License office will be closed on these holidays:

New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day/Idaho Human Rights Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day
Where to pay traffic tickets:

Ada County Courthouse
200 W. Front St.
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208 287-6900

Where to pay driver’s license suspensions:

Idaho Transportation Department
3311 State St.
Boise, ID 83707

Phone: 208 334-8736