Which States Allow Online Drivers Education?

We all have different styles of learning, and for Drivers Education, it’s no different. Luckily, a growing number of states now allow you to complete your Drivers Education course online. That’s great news to hear in the states where drivers ed is mandatory. 

Does your state allow drivers to learn online? Check our roundup below to see if your state allows online Drivers Ed courses!

States That Require Drivers Ed and Accept Online Courses

The following states require drivers education and allow online courses as part of the process for obtaining a drivers license.

Which states have drivers ed requirements?


The Golden State lets you take California Drivers Ed online!  If you are under 18 years old, you are required to complete a drivers ed program. 


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.


Online drivers ed is allowed in Florida! All first-time drivers must successfully complete the 4-Hour Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education (TLSAE) course (also known as the  Drug and Alcohol course or DATA course) before applying for a Florida learner’s permit. Applicants must be at least 15 years old. 


Georgia accepts online drivers ed. As mandated by Joshua’s Law (Senate Bill 226), all 16- and 17-year olds applying for a Class D driver’s license must complete a 30-hour Georgia Driver Education course and 40 hours of supervised driving..


Driver's Ed is required for anyone younger than 17 years old and applying for their first driver’s license. Teens can take drivers ed online or in a classroom.


In Illinois, only adults over the age of 18 years old can take Drivers Ed online.


Indiana teens can take driver's ed online to receive their permit as early as 15years old. 


Online drivers ed is an option for anyone wanting to get a license in Iowa. Drivers under the age of 18 are required to complete a state-approved drivers ed course. 


Kansas drivers under the age of 18 must take a state-approved driver's education course through a local, accredited school district or private driver education school offering classroom instruction.  Online courses do not satisfiy this requirement.


Driver’s education is required in Kentucky in order to get an unrestricted license before 18 years old. There is an online version of the course that can be taken while clocking the 60 hours of driving practice that’s needed to get a license. 


In Nebraska, teens who are 16 years old and want to get a Provisional Operator’s License must complete a state-approved online or in-person drivers ed course or 50 hours of certified training behind the wheel. 


Online drivers ed is an option in Nevada. 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 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. 


 A driver education course is required for teens younger than 16 years and six months. Young drivers can choose to take an online/parent-taught course or a classroom course.


You’ll only be required to complete a driver 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.


If you’re 24 years old or younger, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) requires the completion of a drivers ed course in order to obtain your first driver's license. Luckily, you can take drivers ed online in Texas. You’ll be able to begin coursework once you turn 14 years old but you must be 15 years old in order to apply for a learner’s permit.

Keep in mind there are three options: standard drivers ed for teens, Parent Taught drivers ed, and adult drivers ed for people over 18 years old.


If you're 15 to 17 years old, 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 first.


Anyone under 18 years old is required to take a driver education course – either in person or online . 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 – either online or in person in order to obtain a Wisconsin instruction probationary license.. 

States Where Drivers Education Courses Are Not Required

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!


 Drivers who are under 18 years old must pass a written exam, but are not required to take a driver education course. 


In Alaska, it is not required to complete a driver’s education program to obtain a learner’s permit or license.


The Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) requires teens to either take a driver's education course or complete supervised driving practice before applying for a 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.


In Mississippi, drivers education courses are not required to get a license.


Driver’s education courses are not mandatory but may be helpful for preparing you for your written permit and driving tests.

New Jersey

Drivers ed is not required in New Jersey, but it is recommended to help you pass the knowledge test and earn your learner’s permit. 

West Virginia

Not required, but an online driver’s ed course may help you pass the written permit test and driving tests. 

Washington D.C.

Not required, but helpful in preparing you for the DMV knowledge 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!

  • Connecticut

  • Delaware

  • Hawaii

  • Louisiana

  • Maine

  • Maryland

  • Massachusetts

  • Michigan

  • Minnesota

  • Montana

  • New Hampshire

  • New Mexico

  • New York

  • North Carolina

  • North Dakota

  • Oregon

  • Rhode Island

  • South Carolina

  • South Dakota

  • Vermont

  • Washington

  • Wyoming

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Updated 12/20/23