A driver's license is an official document, often plastic and the size of a credit card, permitting a specific individual to operate one or more types of motorized vehicles, such as a motorcycle, car, truck, or bus on a public road.
Most American jurisdictions issue a driver license but some a driver's license, which is conversationally American English; Canadian English uses both driver's licence as well as driver licence (Maritimes); the Australian and New Zealand English equivalent is driver licence; in British English and in many Commonwealth of Nations countries and Ireland it is driving licence. In most international agreements the wording driving permit is used, for instance in the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic. In this article, the American terminology and spelling is used generally but in country specific sections, the local spelling variant is used.
The laws relating to the licensing of drivers vary between jurisdictions. In some jurisdictions, a permit is issued after the recipient has passed a driving test, while in others, a person acquires their permit before beginning to drive. Different categories of permit often exist for different types of motor vehicles, particularly large trucks and passenger vehicles. The difficulty of the driving test varies considerably between jurisdictions, as do factors such as age and the required level of competence and practice.
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