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Instruction Permit

The first step to becoming a licensed driver is to obtain an instruction permit. The permit is valid for two years of practice driving with a licensed supervising driver sitting in the front passenger seat. It is illegal to 
practice driving without a valid instruction permit. When you drive, you must have your instruction permit in immediate possession.

To qualify and obtain an instruction permit you must:
  • Be at least 15 years of age.
  • Complete 30 hours of classroom instruction and be enrolled in behind-the-wheel instruction; OR be enrolled in a concurrent driver education course and have completed the first 15 classroom hours of the curriculum. If you are 18 years of age or older, the classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction is not required.
  • Comply with identification requirements.
  • Pass a vision screening and a knowledge test.
  • Complete a license application and pay the required instruction​ permit fee

Under 18

If you are under 18 years of age, the supervising driver must be 21 years of age or older, every occupant must wear a seat belt or use a child passenger restraint system, and you may not use, or talk on, a cell phone while driving, with or without a hands-free cell phone device.

18 and older

If you are 18 years of age or older, the supervising driver must be at least 18 years of age and all passengers must wear a seat belt or use a child passenger restraint system.

After the required six months of practice driving (three months, if you are 19 years of age or older), you may take the road test. For road test scheduling information, see Chapter 9 of this manual. Before you will be allowed to take the road test, you must present to the driver examiner your valid instruction permit and current proof of insurance on the vehicle.

If your instruction permit is lost or expired, you may apply for a new permit. The new permit will be valid for two years from the date of application.