Does my state require me to pass a teen driver course to obtain a permit?

Most do require drivers ed before applying for a drivers permit. Even if your state lets you study on your own and requires no official course, you can still enroll in a driver ed online class. This drivers education will help you learn the material at your own speed and thus pass the written test when it’s time to apply for a permit. And of course, knowing the road rules well will help you drive better when you have your unrestricted drivers license.

 

Teen Driver Course Required No Course Required
Alabama
x
30 hrs behind the wheel time needed if no course taken.
Alaska
x
Arizona
x
30 hrs behind the wheel time needed if no course taken.
Arkansas
x
California
x
Colorado
x
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
Maryland
x
Massachusetts
x
Michigan
x
Minnesota
x
Mississippi
x
Missouri
x
Log of 40 hours of behind the wheel time with a licensed adult required.
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
50 hours of behind the wheel time required before getting a permanent license.
Texas
x
Utah
x
Vermont
x
Virginia
x
Washington
x
West Virginia
x
50 hours of behind the wheel time required if no drivers education.
Wisconsin
x
Wyoming
x
Washington DC
x

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