How old do I have to be to take drivers ed?

Check your state in the grid below; you’ll see that the exact age varies by state, and that no state allows drivers ed before the age of 14.

Keep in mind that not every state requires applicants to take drivers education before they can obtain their full drivers license. If your state doesn’t, the age you see in the grid is the minimum age for obtaining a permit that will allow you to start practicing with a licensed adult.

Once you’re old enough to enroll, be sure to check out driver ed online courses. Many states – like California, Texas, Utah, and Virginia – approve of these Internet-based drivers education programs. They’re especially convenient options for teens who don’t have an available slot in their class schedules for their high schools’ courses as well as for busy adults who are also juggling families and careers.

Alabama 15
Alaska 14
Arizona 15 & 6 months
Arkansas 14
California 15 1/2
Colorado 15
Connecticut 16
Delaware 16
Florida 15
Georgia 15
Hawaii 15
Idaho 15
Illinois 15
Indiana 15
Iowa 14
Kansas 14
Kentucky 16
Louisiana 15
Maine 15
Maryland 15 & 9 months
Massachusetts 16
Michigan 14 & 8 months
Minnesota 15
Mississippi 15
Missouri 15
Montana 14 & 6 months
Nebraska 14
Nevada 15 & 6 months
New Hampshire 15 & 6 months
New Jersey 16
New Mexico 15
New York 16
North Carolina 14 & 6 months
North Dakota 14
Ohio 15 & 6 months
Oklahoma 15
Oregon 15
Pennsylvania 16
Rhode Island 16
South Carolina 15
South Dakota 14
Tennessee 15
Texas 15
Utah 15
Vermont 15
Virginia 15 & 6 months
Washington 15
West Virginia 15
Wisconsin 15 & 6 months
Wyoming 15
Washington DC 16

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