How many hours behind the wheel must I clock with a DMV driver training professional?

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Each state follows different requirements for new drivers. Some require a set number of behind-the-wheel hours with a DMV driver training professional. Others mandate no such requirements, allowing you to gain driving experience under the supervision of a parent or guardian with a valid drivers license. The states that don't require professional driving instruction usually don't require driver education.

Before you can worry about behind-the-wheel training, however, you must first worry about obtaining a learners permit. A drivers permit allows you to operate a vehicle under the supervision of another licensed driver. To obtain a permit you must first pass a written test (also known as a knowledge test). These tests feature multiple choice questions based on information contained in your state's drivers manual.

After studying the manual, you should then take a practice permit test. These can be found online for free. Take as many practice tests as needed to make you feel exam-confident. Then once you pass the actual test you can shift focus towards behind-the-wheel instruction.

Alabama No requirements.
Alaska No requirements.
Arizona No requirements.
Arkansas No requirements.
California 6 hours
Colorado 6 hours
Connecticut 8 hours
Delaware 7 hours
Florida No requirements.
Georgia 6 hours
Hawaii 6 hours
Idaho 6 hours
Illinois 6 hours
Indiana 6 hours
Iowa 6 hours
Kansas 6 hours
Kentucky No requirements.
Louisiana 6 hours
Maine 10 hours
Maryland 6 hours
Massachusetts 12 hours
Michigan 6 hours
Minnesota 6 hours
Mississippi 6 hours
Missouri No requirements.
Montana 6 hours
Nebraska No requirements.
Nevada 5 hours
New Hampshire 10 hours
New Jersey 6 hours
New Mexico 7 hours
New York 6 hours
North Carolina 6 hours
North Dakota 6 hours
Ohio 8 hours
Oklahoma Parent taught courses require 55 hours of supervised driving.
Oregon 6 hours
Pennsylvania 6 hours
Rhode Island No requirements.
South Carolina 6 hours
South Dakota No requirements.
Tennessee No requirements.
Texas 7 hours
Utah 6 hours
Vermont 6 hours
Virginia 7 hours
Washington 4 hours
West Virginia No requirements.
Wisconsin 6 hours
Wyoming 6 hours (only required for drivers applying for drivers license at 16 1/2)
Washington DC No requirements.

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