Driver Education

Persons under the age of 18 wishing to obtain a driver’s license must present a driver education student completion certificate and a behind-the-wheel student completion certificate prior to scheduling a road test. To obtain a driver education student completion certificate, a student must complete a 30-hour classroom course. To obtain the behind-the-wheel 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 two hours of behind-the-wheel training with a DOT-certified instructor.

Find a Program Right for You

  • Look for a quality school that focuses on safety, rather than cost, convenience or just passing the test.
  • Ask around. Does your high school offer driver education? Check with your friends and neighbors about driver education programs they’ve used.
  • Ask your parents to call and visit several driving schools. They can ask specific questions about operations, curriculum and training vehicles and ask for references.
  • Don’t settle for schools that advertise a quick or easy driver education program—focus on quality.

What You Can Learn

  • The rules of the road and how to control the vehicle.
  • How to combat distracted driving.
  • How to anticipate dangers, minimize risk and drive defensively.
  • What it means to be a safe, courteous and fuel-efficient driver.
  • What’s needed to pass a driving test.

 

Quality Driving Schools
Require instructors to complete ongoing training.
Have reasonable student-teacher ratios.
Are members of professional associations such as American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association and Driving School Association of the Americas.
Want, encourage and facilitate parental involvement.
Have a solid history of resolving complaints to their customers' satisfaction.

  • Choosing a Driving School – This printable guide has lots of tips about picking the right driving school. Be sure to share it with your parents.
  • Becoming the New Driver in Your Family – This brochure outlines tips and responsibilities of being a safe driver.
  • Driver-ZED – Offered by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Driver-ZED is a computer-based program to help you practice driving.