How many hours do I need to track on my driving log to get my license?

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The answer varies from state to state; check the grid below, and keep in mind its main focus is how many hours of behind-the-wheel practice you need to log with a parent, guardian, or other licensed adult (depending on your state’s requirements).

Note that each state has its own requirements regarding logging those hours. For example, some states provide a formal driving log (that you can download, get from your driver handbook, or nab from your driver education or training instructor), and some states accept your parent’s or guardian’s signature on your application as proof.

You’ll see that not every state requires you to get behind-the-wheel training outside of your drivers training course; a handful of states accept the time you spent practicing during your training course as enough, and an even smaller handful doesn’t even require that much. (Of course, even if your state doesn’t require a formal driver education or training course, enrolling in one to gain some practice and prepare for your drivers license application is still a good idea.)

Alabama 30
Alaska 40
Arizona 30
Arkansas None
California 50
Colorado 50
Connecticut 40
Delaware 50
Florida 50
Georgia 50
Hawaii None (You'll get 6 hours during driver education.)
Idaho 50
Illinois 50
Indiana None (You'll get 6 hours during driver education.)
Iowa 20 (This is while you have your instruction permit and before you get your intermediate license.)
Kansas 50
Kentucky 60
Louisiana None (You’ll get behind-the-wheel training during the 38-Hour Driver Education Course.)
Maine 35
Maryland 60
Massachusetts 40; 30 if you’ve completed a driver skills development program.
Michigan 50
Minnesota None
Mississippi None (You’ll get 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training during your approved driver education course.)
Missouri 40
Montana 50
Nebraska 50
Nevada 50
New Hampshire 40
New Jersey None
New Mexico 50
New York 20
North Carolina None (You’ll get 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training during your approved driver education course.)
North Dakota None (You’ll get 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training during your approved driver education course.)
Ohio 50
Oklahoma 50; 55 if you’re doing the Parent-Taught Driver Education Program.
Oregon 50
Pennsylvania 50
Rhode Island None (You’ll log hours during your approved driver education course.)
South Carolina 40
South Dakota None
Tennessee 50
Texas None (You’ll complete at least 7 hours during your driver training.)
Utah 40
Vermont 40
Virginia 45
Washington 50
West Virginia 50
Wisconsin 30
Wyoming 50
Washington DC 40 for your provisional license; an additional 10 at night for your full license with conditions.


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