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Driver’s License Test
I have been in the commercial Drs Ed business since 2003. The biggest misconception that 90% of the public isn’t aware of is that students are legally eligible to begin their Drs Ed training the day they turn 15. (And always have been).
In the past, most waited until just before they turned 15 1/2 and then began to look for a place to start. Most parents remember taking Drs Ed in high school and getting their learners permit when they were 15 1/2. That’s all they remember. So that’s normally when they start to search for options for their children.
NOTE TO PARENTS: things have changed since we were in high school. Most public schools dropped Drs Ed when they quit getting free cars.
Until recently, students doing this were able to get their permit on time by getting enrolled in a commercial driving school or a public school program. As long as they were able to start their classroom training prior to turning 15 1/2, they were eligible to go take their written permit test and obtain their learners permit. Students under 18 are legally required to have their permit for 6 months before they are eligible to take the drive test. The Drs Ed requirement to take the drive test requires the course to be completed before they would be eligible to take it. So if a student has taken the 10 hours of classroom to get their permit, they have 6 months to complete the behind the wheel driving requirement of 6 hours to complete the course.
The NEW LAW we refer to as THE GOLDEN TICKET:
Effective November 1, 2012, students who have completed Drs Ed before getting a permit will have their written test waived when they go to DPS to get their permit.
They are still able to obtain their permit like the good ole days and obtain their permit by starting their classroom instruction before turning 15 1/2. They would be required to take the written test. (20 questions/multiple choice and score at least 75 to pass)
WHO WANTS TO DO THAT? Everybody wants to start driving ASAP and nobody wants to take the written test. DPS is attempting to shorten their lines and promote more driving. They passed this new law to reward people who practice driving more. It saves lives.
MY RECOMMENDATION is similar to the state’s. Start your training the day you turn 15 or shortly thereafter. This gives you 6 months to fit 3 – 2 hour drives into your schedule and earn your privilege of exempting out of your written permit test. After completing Drs Ed, you’ve proven worthy of obtaining a permit and have allowed the State DPS to shorten their ridiculously long lines by 30 minutes an applicant. The other benefit to this new law is that you’ve earned the trust of your parents to allow you to drive their car with less risk to damaging it. The more they let you drive, the better driver you will become. That’s our main goal as instructors, examiners and parents.
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Brad Finley (Owner)