Now What? Behind-the-Wheel Prep Copy

Practice Requirements

Once you get your permit, you may start practicing driving at home with your parents and with your driving school.

You will need to complete at least 50 hours of driving practice with your parents, 10 of those hours being at night. Keep an accurate written log of what you do during practices. The BMV will need to see it when you go to get your license. 

At your driving school, you will need to complete 6 hours of supervised driving time with a certified driving instructor to be eligible for your driving skills test. 

Practicing at Home

When you practice at home, it must ALWAYS be with a parent or guardian in the PASSENGER SEAT with you – not in the back. You can never drive alone!

Sometimes, in special situations, another adult other than your parent or legal guardian can sit in the passenger seat to conduct driving practice session, but you may need certain signatures or forms for that permission. You can ask your BMV about these options.

How to Practice

Remember, you CANNOT practice driving without your permit, but once you have it, you should PRACTICE A LOT! 

It is usually best to practice a little bit each day – 15-20 minutes – instead of a long time once or twice a week. Practicing for an hour or two straight can cause unnecessary fatigue and stress, and if you don’t practice each day, you won’t develop good driving habits. 

Practice running errands, going to and from school or a friend’s house, or in parking lots for special maneuvers.

Driving With Others

As a first time driver with your permit, we recommend that you have as few people in the back seat with you as possible so as to limit distractions, even if you are allowed to drive with more people.

Age Requirements

Remember, after completing this driver’s education program, you may not receive your permit until you are at least 15 years old. 

After you have your permit, you may not receive your probationary license until you have held your license for at least 180 days (6 months) and are at least 16 years and 90 days old. 

Permits are valid for two years after the issue date. If your learner’s permit expires, and it has been more than 180 days since your last knowledge exam, you will need to retake the knowledge exam to be issued a renewed learner’s permit.