How long after I pass a driver ed program do I have to apply for a permit?

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Depending on your state, you may or may not need a drivers education certificate or proof of driver ed enrollment to apply for a permit. Of the 20 states that do (see grid below), only Colorado imposes some sort of timeframe between completing the course and applying for a permit, the first step in obtaining a drivers license. 

If you do reside in a state that requires driver ed before applying, you'll need to work out with your school or driver ed online course on how to obtain proof of enrollment.   

No Drivers Ed Required for Permit No Wait Period
Alabama
x
Alaska
x
Arizona
x
Arkansas
x
California
x
Colorado
x
Must provide proof you completed your drivers ed course within six months prior to applying for your instruction permit.
Connecticut
x
Delaware
x
Florida
x
Georgia
x
Hawaii
x
Idaho
x
Illinois
x
Indiana
x
Iowa
x
Kansas
x
Kentucky
x
Louisiana
x
Maine
x
In most cases, your driver education school will immediately process your forms through the BMV. You'll then receive your permit in the mail.
Maryland
x
Massachusetts
x
Michigan
x
Minnesota
x
Mississippi
x
Missouri
x
Montana
x
Nebraska
x
Nevada
x
New Hampshire
x
New Jersey
x
New Mexico
x
New York
x
North Carolina
x
North Dakota
x
Ohio
x
Oklahoma
x
Oregon
x
Pennsylvania
x
Rhode Island
x
South Carolina
x
South Dakota
x
Tennessee
x
Texas
x
Utah
x
Vermont
x
Virginia
x
Washington
x
West Virginia
x
Wisconsin
x
Wyoming
x
Washington DC
x

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