Do I need to get DMV approval to be a certified driving instructor?

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Most states require specific qualifications for all prospective driver training instructors. Depending on your state, the DMV and the Department of Education are the two most common governing bodies when it comes to teaching driver license applicants.

Driver Training Requirements to Teach Drivers Education

To become a drivers ed instructor you, most obviously, must hold a valid drivers license.

Other than that, driving instructor requirements vary by state. Some states require teacher certification, while others, like Florida, for example, mandate lengthy driver training instruction classes. You may also find that teaching requirements differ between public school driver ed courses and commercial programs.

For more information, contact your state's governing body (see accompanying grid).

Yes No
Alabama
x
Governed by Dept. of Education.
Alaska
x
Arizona
x
Governed by the Arizona Driver and Safety Education Association.
Arkansas
x
California
x
Colorado
x
Connecticut
x
Delaware
x
Governed by Secretary of Education.
Florida
x
Georgia
x
Hawaii
x
Governed by the Department of Transportation (DOT).
Idaho
x
Governed by Dept. of Education.
Illinois
x
Governed by the State Superintendent of Education.
Indiana
x
Requirement may vary between commercial school and public school certification.
Iowa
x
Governed jointly by the Dept. of Transportation & Dept. of Education.
Kansas
x
Governed by Board of Education.
Kentucky
x
Governed by State Traffic School Program.
Louisiana
x
Governed by Dept. of Education.
Maine
x
Governed by Risk Management Division.
Maryland
x
Massachusetts
x
Michigan
x
Minnesota
x
Mississippi
x
Governed by Dept. of Education.
Missouri
x
Governed by the Missouri Safety Center.
Montana
x
Governed by Office of Public Instruction.
Nebraska
x
Nevada
x
New Hampshire
x
Governed jointly by Dept. of Education & Dept. of Public Safety.
New Jersey
x
New Mexico
x
Governed by Traffic Safety Bureau.
New York
x
North Carolina
x
Governed by Dept. of Education.
North Dakota
x
Governed by Dept. of Public Instruction Highway Patrol.
Ohio
x
Oklahoma
x
Governed by Dept. of Education.
Oregon
x
Governed by the Oregon Driver & Traffic Safety Education Association.  
Pennsylvania
x
Governed by Dept. of Education.
Rhode Island
x
Governed by Community College of Rhode Island.
South Carolina
x
Governed by Dept. of Education.
South Dakota
x
Tennessee
x
Jointly governed by Dept. of Safety & State Board of Education.
Texas
x
Governed by Texas Education Agency.
Utah
x
Governed by the State Board of Education.
Vermont
x
Jointly governed by Dept. of Education & DMV.
Virginia
x
Governed by Dept. of Education.
Washington
x
West Virginia
x
Governed by Dept. of Education.
Wisconsin
x
Governed by Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Wyoming
x
Governed jointly by Dept. of Education & individual districts.
Washington DC
x

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