Parents' Frequently Asked Questions
- 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 a license at 16 years and 90 days?
No. To be eligible for a license at 16 years and 90 days, your child must complete both aspects of an approved driver education course:30 classroom or online hours and six behind-the-wheel hours. 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 licensed to conduct courses in the state are listed, and are searchable by county.
- Is driver education required to get a license?
No. Without completing a driver education course, your child must be 16 years of age to be eligible for a permit. Once completing 50 hours of logged drive time, your child can apply for a driver’s license if they are at least 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 of age before he or she can participate in either the classroom or behind-the-wheel phase of driver education.
Students' Frequently Asked Questions
- When can I start driving in the car with my parents?
If you are at least 15 years of age, are enrolled in a behind-the-wheel training course, and pass a knowledge exam to obtain your learner’s permit, you can legally drive with your parent or guardian. If you have not enrolled or completed a driver education course, you must be at least 16 years of age to legally obtain a learner’s permit to drive with your parent or guardian.
- If I take an online driver education classroom course, can I drive with my parents once I start that course?
Only behind-the-wheel training course providers may issue a Certificate of Driver Education enrollment (CDE) form. This means if you are under 16 years of age you must be enrolled in a behind-the-wheel training course to receive a CDE form and apply for your learner’s permit. Once you receive your permit, you will be able to start driving with your parent or guardian.
- If I start driver education and get my permit, then stop going to driver education, can I keep driving on my permit?
The behind-the-wheel training schools are required to keep track of your progress in the course. If you stop attending, the driver education school will contact the BMV and have your permit revoked. If you continue to drive and you are stopped by law enforcement or involved in a traffic accident, you could be cited for operating a vehicle without a valid license or permit. This could also affect your ability to get a new permit/license.
- If I start a driver education course with one school, then decide to switch to another school, can I transfer the work I have completed or do I have to start over?
Current rules allow for the transfer of classroom instruction from one school to another where the behind-the-wheel phase will be completed. However, this is contingent upon the second school accepting the course work and records from the first school. The second school then becomes the school of record.