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If my child completes an online driver education class, and then completes the 50 hours of driving required to be documented on the driving log, can he/she then get their license at 16 years and 180 days?
No. To be eligible for a license at 16 years and 180 days, your child must complete an approved driver education course. An approved driver education course consists of the classroom phase (either a traditional classroom course or an approved online course) and six hours of behind the wheel training by a licensed instructor through a licensed driver education school. The 50 hour driving log is required of all new drivers whether they take driver education or not.
Where can I find information on driver education schools in my area?
A list of driver education schools is available here. All driver education providers that are licensed to conduct courses in the state are listed there, and are searchable by county.
I know that vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for teenagers. What can I do as a parent to help my child reduce the risks of a crash?
Monitor your child’s driving activities. Insure that your child gets at least the 50 hours of practice driving time required on the driving log. Be a good role model when you drive. Finally, make sure that your child complies with all the conditions of a probationary license when he/she drives.
Is driver education required to get a license?
No. Without driver education your child must be 16 years old to be eligible for a permit, must complete the 50 hour driving log, and will be eligible for a license at 16 years and 270 days.
What is the earliest age that my child can take driver education?
Your child must be at least 15 years old before he/she can participate in either the classroom or behind the wheel phase of driver education. You can register your child for a driver education course before he/she is 15 years old, but he/she cannot participate in driver education training until they have reached 15 years of age.