We all have different styles of learning, and for Driver’s Education, it’s no different. Luckily, a growing handful of states now allow you to complete your Driver’s Education course online.
Check our roundup below to see if your state allows online Driver’s Ed courses!
States That Allow Online Drivers Ed
These states allow online Driver’s Education courses as part of the process for obtaining a Driver’s License.
Completion of a state-approved Driver’s Ed course (and passing the written test) is required to get your provisional permit. In California, you must be between 15 1/2 years old and 18 years old to get a provisional permit.
All prospective drivers between 15 years old and 15 ½ years old must complete a driver’s education course (30 hours), as decreed by the Graduated License Program.
First-time drivers must successfully complete a driver’s education course before applying for a Florida learner’s permit. Applicants must be at least 15 years old.
As mandated by Joshua’s Law (Senate Bill 226), all 16 years olds applying for a Class D driver’s license must complete a state-approved Driver’s Ed course and a total of 40 hours of supervised driving. Any Georgia student who does not complete an approved driver education course must wait until they are 17 years old to become eligible for a Class D driver’s license.
Joshua’s Law was passed during the 2005 General Assembly and became effective January 1, 2007.
Driver’s Ed is required for anyone younger than 17 years old and applying for their first driver’s license.
In Illinois, only adults over the age of 18 years old can take Drivers Ed online.
All new drivers who are younger than 18 years old must complete an approved driver’s education program. Prospective drivers can enroll in a Driver’s Ed course when they’re at least 15 years old, and obtain a learner’s permit when they are at least 15 ½ years old.
Online Driver’s Ed passed in Ohio as part of a larger budget bill in June 2012. Applicants younger than 18 years old must complete an Ohio Driver’s Education course before obtaining a probationary Ohio driver’s license. Prospective drivers can enroll in a Driver’s Ed course once they are 15 years and 5 months old, and apply for an Ohio learner’s permit when they turn 15 years and 6 months old.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation requires completion of Driver’s Ed in order to obtain a PA driver’s license before turning 18 years old.
If you’re 24 years old or younger, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) requires the completion of a Driver’s Ed course in order to obtain your first driver’s license. You’ll be able to begin coursework once you turn 14 years old, but must be 15 years old in order to apply for a learner’s permit.
If you’re 18 years old or younger, you must complete a driver’s education course in Utah. In order to begin your course, you must be at least 15 years old and obtain your Utah learner’s permit.
Driver’s Ed is required for teenagers applying for their first driver’s license. First-time adult drivers are not required to take Driver’s Ed, but it can shorten the duration of their learner’s permit.
All new drivers under 18 years old must complete an approved Driver’s Education course. In order to obtain for a Wisconsin instruction permit, you must also be at least 15 ½ years old, be enrolled in or have graduated high school or equivalent, and pass a vision, knowledge and road test.
States Where Drivers Education Courses Are Not Necessary
These states do not require completion of a Driver’s Education course in order to obtain your permit or license. However, a course will always be helpful in helping you pass your written and driving tests, and is strongly encouraged!
In Alaska, it is not required to complete a driver’s education program to obtain your learner’s permit.
The Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) requires you to either take a driver’s education course or complete supervised driving practice before applying for your graduated Arizona driver’s license.
Although completion of a Driver’s Education course is not required in Arkansas, you are allowed to take an online course in order to help you prepare for your written permit test and driving test.
Driver’s Education courses are not mandatory, but may be helpful for preparing you for your written permit and driving tests.
Not required, but recommended to help you pass the knowledge test and earn your learner’s permit.
Online driver’s education courses are not approved in South Dakota, but you may take an approved driver’s education course to help reduce the time you’re required to hold a learner’s permit.
You’ll only be required to complete a Driver’s Education course if you have been convicted of multiple moving violations while on your intermediate restricted license.
In Tennessee, some course providers may allow you to complete the classroom component online.
Not required, but an online Driver’s Ed course may help you pass the written permit test and driving tests. Completing a Driver’s Ed course will also waive the required supervised driving hours for when you’re applying for your first license.
Not required, but helpful in preparing you for the DMV road test.
States That Do Not Allow Online Drivers Ed
These states do not currently allow online Driver’s Education courses, but cross your fingers – maybe one day!
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
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