FAQs

How old do you have to be to get a learner’s permit?

You must be 15 1/2 years old

How old do you have to be to get a driver’s license

You must be 16 years old

What is the exact driver education requirement?

A student will need to obtain a driver education student completion certificate and a behind-the-wheel student completion certificate before signing up for a road test. To obtain a driver education completion certificate, a student must complete a 30-hour classroom course. To obtain the BTW student completion certificate, a student may chose six hours of behind-the-wheel training with a DOT-certified instructor, or a DOT-certified simulator driver education course and a two hours of BTW training with a DOT-certified instructor.

Do I need a permit to take driver education?

No, you don’t need it for driver education classes. However, you do need your permit before you can take behind-the-wheel or simulator courses.

Why did the legislature raise the minimum driving age to 16?

Fifteen and sixteen year olds have the highest rate of automobile crashes of any age, resulting in serious injury and death. Increasing the driving age, and requiring driver education and behind-the-wheel lessons and 50 hours of practice driving, should help to reduce the number of crashes by this age group.

Why can’t I teach my child to drive?

The goal of the driver education law is to make sure that all students receive the same information about driving, including traffic laws, safe driving practices, etc. Not all parents teach all of the information. You will still have a major influence on your child’s driving as you let them practice drive with you. A parent or person over the age of 21 must spend at least 50 hours (40 during the day and 10 at night) driving with the student before they can obtain a driver’s license.