To get a learners license you must:
Have a minimum age of 161
Before getting a license or restricted license you must:
Have a mandatory holding period of 6 months1
Have a minimum supervised driving time of 50 hours, 10 of which must be at night1
Have a minimum age of 16, 6 months1
Restrictions during intermediate or restricted license stage:
Nighttime restrictions 10 p.m.-6 a.m.; duration: at least 6 months and until the issuance of a class D operator's license1
Passenger restrictions (family members excepted unless otherwise noted) no more than 1 passenger; duration: at least 6 months and until the issuance of a class D operator's license1
Minimum age at which restrictions may be lifted:
Nighttime restrictions 17
Passenger restrictions 17

1In Delaware, a driver education student does not need a permit to drive with a driver education instructor. After completing the on-road requirements of driver education, a driver education student who is at least 15 years, 10 months may apply for a Driver Education Learner's Permit, which allows the student to drive while supervised by an experienced driver. Upon completion of driver education, and if the student passes both the road and written tests, the student receives a Level 1 permit that for the first six months allows driving only while supervised. There also is a passenger restriction during the first six months of the Level 1 permit. No more than one passenger (family members excepted) is permitted in addition to the supervising driver. The Level 1 permit for the second six months is the equivalent of an intermediate license. During that period, holders may drive unsupervised between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. and may only carry one passenger. Applicants for a driver's license who are younger than 18 must have held a Driver Education Learner's Permit and/or a Level 1 permit for at least 12 months. Driver education is required for all license applicants younger than 18.