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Apply for a learner's permit

  1. Complete an application form.
  2. You must pass examinations on the traffic rules and traffic signs of American Samoa, and must pass a vision test with a minimum vision acuity level of 20/40 corrected.
  3. Pay the required license fees.

Learning how to drive

While learning to operate a motor vehicle on the public roads, you must at all times have your learner's permit with you and you must be accompanied by a competent, licensed driver in the front seat.

Provisional Driver's License

Any person, regardless of previous driving experience, who does not qualify for a private driver�s license, shall be licensed to drive in American Samoa as a provisional driver; provided, that no provisional driver�s license shall be issued to any person unless he:

  • is 18 years of age or more;
  • has successfully completed examinations designed to test his driving skill and knowledge of the provisions of this title;
  • has paid all driver�s license fees; and
  • has otherwise complied with the applicable provisions of this title.


Required Documents[edit]

  • An applicant for a learner�s permit must provide proof of age and identification such as birth certificate or passport.
  • The parent or guardian of all learners under the age of 18 shall:
    • submit written consent to the Office of Motor Vehicles before issuance of a learner�s permit; and
    • be financially responsible at all times for the operation of the vehicle by the learner.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Office of Highway Safety
Department of Public Safety
Government of American Samoa
P.O. Box 1086
Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799 USA
Phone: (684) 633-1111
Fax: (684) 633-7296
Email Address: [email protected]

Office of Motor Vehicles
Department of Public Safety
Government of American Samoa
Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799 USA
Phone: (684) 699-9199 or 9188
Fax: (684) 699-4224



To apply for a learner's permit, you must be 18 years old, those who are 16 years old may apply provided they are enrolled in driver education course.


Driver's License Fees:

  • 3-year motor vehicle Private driver license: $12.00
  • 6-month learner�s permit: $5.00
  • Visitor permit: $9.00
  • Provisional driver license: $9.00
  • Commercial driver license: $8.00
  • Renewal of Private driver license: $12.00
  • Renewal of Commercial driver license: $8.00
  • Duplicate Provisional driver license: $6.00
  • Duplicate Private driver license: $6.00
  • Duplicate Commercial driver license: $6.00


A learner's permit is valid for 6 months.

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Processing Time[edit]

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There are only 2 types of driver�s licenses issued in American Samoa: a provisional driver�s license and a private driver�s license.

A learner�s permit is considered a driver�s license for purpose of authorizing a person to operate a motor vehicle in American Samoa.

Required Information[edit]

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1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.


Need for the Document[edit]

A driving license is an official document which states that a person may operate a motorized vehicle, such as a motorcycle, car, truck or a bus, on a public roadway.

You may not operate any motor vehicle in American Samoa without a valid driver�s license issued by the Commissioner of Public Safety in American Samoa.

Information which might help[edit]

Your Driver's License

The issued driver�s license indicates the type or general class of vehicles the licensee may drive, which license shall bear thereon a distinguishing number assigned to the licensee, the full name, date of birth, residence address and a brief description and a photograph of the licensee, and either a facsimile of the signature of the licensee or a space upon which the licensee shall write his usual signature with pen and ink immediately upon receipt of the license, and such other information as is determined necessary by the Commissioner.

You must have a driver�s license or learner�s permit in your immediate possession at all times whenever you are operating a motor vehicle and shall display the same upon demand of a police officer.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

  • American Samoa Bar Association:



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