Florida Drug and Alcohol Course, Permit Exam, and the Road to Your License

 

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Some states will have your teen sit through the equivalent of a semester before they can get their learner’s permit. It’s a lengthy and somewhat tortuous process for your teen. One more class to get through, eating up nights and weekends. In Florida though, they do make it a bit easier to qualify for your permit:  Be at least 15 and then you have to complete one 4-hour course and take your permit exam.

You’re required to complete what is called the Florida Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education course [TLSAE] or as it’s more commonly known the Florida Drug & Alcohol course. It’s meant to combine awareness of the knowledge of road rules and safe driver preparation with awareness of the dangers of substance abuse and driving.

Topics likely to be covered in your TLSAE course include:

  • Driving at night
  • Bad weather conditions
  • Florida road rules and signs
  • Defensive driving
  • Highway driving
  • Merging and changing lanes
  • Road hazards
  • Substance abuse and the dangers of impaired driving

Upon passing your TLSAE course, your completion will be transmitted to Florida DHSMV by your Drivers Ed provider.

The other really cool thing Florida allows for is online testing of the permit exam. So you won’t have to take it in person at DHSMV. Many Drivers Ed providers also offer the online permit exam so chances are you can do it with the school you take the Drug and Alcohol course with. If you’re prone to testing anxiety, doing it online may suit you better as well.

The permit exam consists of 50 questions [25 on road signs, 25 on road rules]. You have to get 40 questions correct in order to pass. Upon completion of the permit exam, your results will be transmitted to DHSMV. Once they have both your drug and alcohol course completion and your permit exam completion, you’ll be eligible to get your learner’s permit.

Now, when it comes to picking out a great Florida TLSAE Drug and Alcohol course, we recommend DriversEd.com for Florida’s Drivers Ed. They offer courses that be accessed on any device and that includes your smartphone and they do it for the lowest price possible. Check them out!

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Ohio Teen Drivers Ed: How To Get Your Permit and Drivers License

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In Ohio, the state BMV uses a Graduated Driver’s License program so that teens are able to gain knowledge and experience on the road over time before they earn unrestricted driving privileges.  What does that mean and what is the process to get your drivers license in Ohio? In this article, I’ll be examining how to get your learners permit and probationary license.

The good news Ohio doesn’t prevent you from learning to drive with a lot of requirements early on, but there are a couple important ones. At 15 1/2 , you’ll go your local BMV Driver Exam Station to take a knowledge exam and vision test [Note: the knowledge exam means you’ll want to swing by the BMV at least a few weeks before and grab a Driver’s Manual so you can start studying].

Prior to the taking the knowledge and vision tests, you’ll be asked to provide proof of identity so be sure to bring your birth certificate or -passport and Social Security card. The knowledge exam consists of 40 multiple choice questions and you must score 75% or higher to pass. If you fail, you have to wait 24 to retake the exam again[ but there is no limit on retakes].

Once you pass the exam, you’ll be granted your learners permit and can begin practicing to drive.

You have to hold your permit for 6 months [and be at least 16] before you can take your road test.

You also have to complete:

  • a 24 hour classroom or online drivers ed course.
  • 8 hours of behind the wheel training with a licensed instructor.
  • 50 hours of practice driving, with 10 hours at night.

If you’ve met all the above requirements, you can schedule a road test here.

Upon passing your road test, you’ll be granted your probationary driver’s license, which will have the following restrictions:

  • May not operate a vehicle from midnight – 6 a.m. unless:
  1.           Accompanied by a parent or guardian
  2.           Driving to or from work with documentation from the employer
  3.           Driving to or from an official school-sponsored event or a religious event                 with appropriate documentation from the event official
  • May not operate a vehicle with more than one non-family member as a passenger unless accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • A conviction of a traffic offense within the first six months of having a license may result in a parent or guardian having to accompany the driver for six months or until the driver reaches age 17.

If you find yourself at the start of your journey learning to drive, DriverSafetyCenter.com highly recommends DriversEd.com’s Online Ohio Drivers Ed Course. It’s easy to use and works on computers, tablets and phones. Informative and entertaining. Check it out!

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Oklahoma Parent Taught Drivers Ed: How to Get Your Oklahoma Drivers License

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Drivers Ed tends to vary from state to state in terms of what’s required of you to become a licensed driver. Oklahoma is one of the few states out there with high standards when it comes to putting a teenager behind the wheel in their Graduated Drivers License program. The state requirements include a 30 hour Drivers Ed course be completed.

It may seem like a lot but you should know by completing a drivers ed course, you’re able to get your learners permit 6 months sooner at 15 ½ than without it. With drivers ed, you could be licensed by 16. Not only that but you could have an unrestricted license by 16 ½ !

Now, many drivers ed programs are often labeled as Oklahoma Parent Taught Driver Education but don’t worry, the bulk of the learning will come from your online Drivers Ed course [these courses are required for anyone under 16 to be able to get a learners permit]. Parent Instructors will be in charge of teaching the behind the wheel training to their teen. A clean driving record is a must so you may want to consider which parent should be the instructor.

At 15 ½ you can apply for your learner’s permit at your local Oklahoma DPS office branch. You must be enrolled in or have completed an online drivers ed course.

At DPS, you’ll do the following:
• Pass a vision test
• Pass the written permit exam
You’ll need to bring two forms of ID with you:
• Primary ID- these include birth certificates or passport
• Secondary ID- social security card or health insurance ID card [know your social security number even if you use an alternate secondary ID].

The state will also require documentation from your school which shows enrollment and good attendance.

If you’ve done all this, you’ll get your learners permit! You will then practice driving with your Parent Instructor for the next six months. Oklahoma requires you complete 55 hours of Behind the Wheel Training so that’s a great opportunity to build yourself into an excellent driver. Oklahoma requires you maintain a clean driving record during this period so drive safely and don’t get a ticket [hey, it does happen!].

At 16, you’ll be eligible for your road test to earn your intermediate drivers license [as long as you completed Drivers Ed and your 55 practice driving hours].

Once you pass your road test, your intermediate drivers license will allow you:

• To drive from 5am to 10pm, unless for activities related to school, church, or work
-or anytime if accompanied by a licensed driver at least 21years old
• You may drive with one passenger
-or only people who live in your home [family]
-or any passenger if accompanied by a licensed driver at least 21 years old

After another 6 months at 16 ½, as long as you maintain a clean driving record, you’ll be able to get your Unrestricted license which allows to drive whenever with anyone.

With all of this information in mind, I recommend DriversEd.com ‘s fantastic online Oklahoma Parent Taught Drivers Education Course to help you take that first step in getting your Oklahoma Drivers License. Check them out!

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Don’t Wait For The DPS! Take Your Texas Drivers Ed Road Test With A Private Driving School Today!

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Everybody hates waiting in line at DPS. It’s boring and uncomfortable but what about the wait just to be able to wait at DPS? That’s what a new report over at NBC Dallas Fort Worth Channel 5 has uncovered; that the average wait time for an appointment to take your road test is now just over 3 months. You could literally have missed your entire summer driving season waiting for your road test. Book now and you’ll be driving next semester… maybe.

The Driving School industry is helping change those long waits however as various schools have signed up with the state to be licensed third party testing centers. Back in September 2014, Texas passed Senate Bill 1705 which allowed DPS to administer road tests via third party schools. Today, approved driving schools are providing road tests to your teens [and adults] right now instead of 11 weeks from next Tuesday! While taking the road test with a private driving school is usually a bit more expensive than the state’s standard $25 charge, you’ll be kicking yourself for delaying your teen from gaining greater experience behind the wheel sooner. This is done on your time, when you need it done, when your teen is ready.

Demand for private road tests is skyrocketing across Texas these days. This option is incredibly important not only for students about to take their test for the first time, but also for the kids that have failed their road tests. Imagine waiting 12 weeks to take your first attempt at a road test only to fail and have t wait another 3 months to do it again. 6 months of your life as a teenager without a license because you bumped the curb is a high price to pay. Admittedly, it’s not practice-practice-practice eating up that time; it’s the bureaucracy of state agencies. It’s not fair to your teen and it’s not fair to parents who have to continue to chauffeur around teens that are actually capable drivers. If you’re an adult, your livelihood can depend on being able to get around. It can affect where you live and work, and virtually every facet of your daily life. It’s a lot to be held to by lines at the DPS.

I’m a big believer in consistency when it comes to Texas Drivers Ed. I believe in the right programs, the right behind-the-wheel training, and the right instructors. The main thing I look for in Drivers Ed is if a school is capable of offering all those things for a quality education. Finding a school that can now offer road tests on top of everything else is incredibly important. It means your teen taking their road test in the same type of car they took their behind-the-wheel lessons in, from instructors who are held to the same uniform level of quality instruction. It means your teen will feel familiar instead of nervous. They’ll be comfortable, ready to pass their road test, and ready to drive.

DriverSafetyCenter.com recommends DriversEd.com for its Texas Teen Drivers Ed course, behind the wheel lessons, and private road tests. Check them out:

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See NBC DFW 5’s original reporting on private road tests here.

California Drivers Ed: How to Get Your Learners Permit and Drivers License

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The Golden State has always been heavy on rules and regulations. Even with something like learning to drive, it may seem confusing, even overwhelming. With all the forms, fees, and certificates it’s easy to miss what’s really important here:  learning the rules of the road to make you a smart driver and getting the behind-the-wheel training to make you a competent driver. If you’re just starting out, all you can think is “What do I do first?” Getting your license sure is a process but it doesn’t have to be a burden. Today, we’re going to break down the process to give you all the information you need in a way that’s understandable and easy to follow. That way you can concentrate on what matters most: learning to drive.

Now, to begin you should be at least 15 years old before you begin a California Drivers Ed course. Anyone under 17 ½ must complete a 30 hour Drivers Ed course . This is considered classroom learning, there’s no driving yet. This course teaches rules of the road to your teen, to give them the knowledge to stay safe behind the wheel. Drivers Ed used to be very common in high schools but has become less and less the case over the last couple of decades. An online course like this one is the only way to go these days. Upon completion of the 30 hour course, you’ll be given a certificate of completion by your online Drivers Ed school.

With that out of the way, you need complete your driver training school requirement. In California, teens must complete 6 hours of in-car training with a behind the wheel school. This is typically done in three 2-hour sessions. Here you’ll have the basics of driving instilled in your teen by a licensed professional. Once finished, you’ll receive a certificate of completion for Behind The Wheel Driver Training

Now that you’ve turned at least 15 ½, you can go get your permit but be sure to bring the following to DMV with you:

-Form DL-44, called a Driver License or Identification Card Application [ To obtain this form by mail, call DMV’s automated phone service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-777-0133. Get it before you go to DMV as both your parents need to sign it]

-Certificate of Completion from your Drivers Ed course

-Certificate of Completion from your Behind-The-Wheel Training.

-Social Security Number [e.g. your original signed Social Security card; It will be verified with the Social Security Administration’s system at the DMV for you.]

-Your original or a certified copy of your birth certificate

-Proof of identity and lawful U.S. presence (This can be an unexpired United States passport, Certificate of Citizenship/Naturalization)

While at the DMV, you’ll do the following:

-Take a vision test

-Take the written permit test [There are 46 questions on the test. A passing score is at least 38 correct answers. You have three chances to pass the test. If you fail, you must wait 7 days before taking it again.]

-Be photographed for your permit/license.

-Provide a thumbprint and signature sample for your permit/license

-Pay the applicable fee

Do all that correctly and you’ll get your Learners Permit.

Now what? PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!  To be eligible for a road test, you have to hold your permit for a minimum six months [you must be at least 16 for a road test]. In that time, you should continue practicing to drive with a licensed adult [parents of guardians]. You must complete 50 hours of in-car training and 10 of these hours have to be at night.

Once the practice driving requirements have been met, you can schedule a road test online here or by calling 1-800-777-0133 [8AM -5PM Monday-Friday]. Be sure to bring Proof of Financial Responsibility [ Proof of Insurance] with you to your road test. You’ll either have to be added to your parents’ auto insurance policy or get your own.

Then you just pass your road test and become a licensed driver!

To get started down the right path, I recommend DriversEd.com for its California Teen Drivers Ed course. The reason they’re the best in my opinion is not only do they have a fantastic online drivers ed program that’s easy to use on all sorts of devices but because they’ve actually have their own driving school with the largest number of instructors in the state. They cover all facets of Drivers Ed. Check them out!

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[Note: If you’re over 17 ½, you are not required to take Drivers Ed or Behind The Wheel training, just pass the permit exam, and hold your permit until you’re 18 for a road test. All other paperwork is still required and any other DMV procedures stated above will still apply]

Texas Drivers Ed: What’s The Block Method?

In my first article, I discussed the main points of the Concurrent Method of teen driver education, also known Texas Parent Taught Driver Education course. I also suggested some fantastic online drivers ed schools that are worth your attention and consideration.  Today I’m going to take a look at what’s called the Block Method of Texas Teen Drivers Ed.

The Block Method is essentially when the entire online teen driver education course is completed before any behind the wheel training is begun. The student is able to apply for a learner’s license [permit] upon completion of the first six hours of the course [the same as the Parent Taught version]. However, the student is not able to transfer into a Behind-The-Wheel driver training school until they successfully complete all 32 hours of their teen driver education course.

Reasons vary quite a bit as to why a parent may choose the Block Method over the Concurrent version. One of the greater concerns a parent may have is whether their teen is ready for the responsibility of driving. You know your child better than anyone and you may feel they still have a ways to go in terms of maturity. In that case, Block-style courses do put initial emphasis on learning first.You can rest assured all educational information will be presented your child before they are put into in-car training.

This brings us to the other important aspect of the Block Method: use of a TDLR approved driving school. Quite frankly, many parents are scared about the prospect of teaching their teen to drive.  They do not look forward to that moment of being the passenger, let alone the instructor. The Block Method requires 14 of the required 44 hours of in-car training to get licensed with an accredited Behind-The-Wheel School.

This opportunity allows the teen to have their first few hours driving with a professional licensed driving instructor.  This can take a lot of pressure off the teen as their skills will have begun to develop before the parent takes over for the remaining 30 hours of the in-car training. You can also alternate those instructor based driving lessons with your own parent led instruction so that your teenager makes greater strides and progress between purchased driver training.

For a great Texas Online Drivers Ed course, we recommend DriversEd.com.

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Drivers Ed: Getting Your Learners Permit and License In Colorado

Getting a drivers license in Colorado is a bit of a different experience from other states to say the least.  It does not, however, have to be a difficult one. There’s so much to know and understand regarding what you can and can’t do at different age ranges to get your learners permit or drivers license.  I’ve created this site to break down state and Colorado DMV requirements to help you understand what you have to go from riding your bicycle to driving a car!

I’m going to break this all down by age requirements so you understand what you need to do. Remember, Colorado requires any minor must hold their learners permit for 1 year before they are eligible for a road test.

 How to Get Your Colorado Leaners Permit

15 Years Old to 15 ½:

At 15 to 15 ½  years old, you must complete a 30 hour drivers ed course [like one here ] to get your permit.  Quite honestly, it’s also the fastest way to get your license. You can get your permit as soon as you complete  your drivers ed course. The right school’s final exam will also count as your written permit test so you won’t have to take it at the DMV.

15 ½ to 16 Years Old:

Now if you’re 15 ½ you’re able to either take the 30 hour drivers ed course OR you can a 4 hour in-classroom Driver Awareness course to get your permit. The drawback to waiting to take the Driver Awareness course is you now will be at least 16 ½ possibly 17 before you can take a road test, because again you have to hold your learners permit for at least a year before you can get a license.

16 to 17 Years Old [but not over 18]:

You have to complete the written permit exam at DMV and hold your permit for a year or until you turn 18 [whichever comes first]

Depending on the route you go, you’ll bring the following with you to DMV to get your permit:

-Certificate of Completion from your Drivers Ed course or Drivers Awareness class

-Birth Certificate and Parent Affidavit of Identity

-Social Security card

– 2 Proof of Colorado address documents [water, power, credit card bills with parent’s name and address on them would be examples of this]

-$16.80 permit fee

How To Get Your Colorado Drivers License

Okay, so now if you’ve got your permit.  Remember you have to hold your permit for 12 months no matter how old you are before you can take a road test.  Here is what’s involved in getting your license by age.

16 to 17 Years Old [but not over 18]

Your teen needs to complete 50 hours of behind the wheel training which is documented on logs they’ll get when you receive your leaners permit. 10 hours have to be completed at night. 6 hours of driver training must be completed with a Behind-The-Wheel School. They’ll provide you with a Behind -The- Wheel training certificate that will also be one of your last requirements prior to a road test [sometimes called a drive test].

What to bring to the DMV for your Drive Test:

-Your valid learners permit

– Drive time log sheets with parent or guardian’s signature

-Behind-the-wheel school certificate of completion

-Social Security card

– 2 Proof of Colorado address documents

-Valid registration and insurance for the vehicle to be used in your drive test

OR

-3rd Party Drive Test Completion form [the state allows some authorized driving school to perform the drive test, ask your BTW school]

-$26 license fee

All in all, while there’s a lot to this, the above should help make sense of what’s required. I believe in an early start to drivers ed for 2 reasons. First, the 30 hour courses provide an in-depth education for your teen which will build a strong foundation in the rules of the road. A 4 hour awareness course will never make up for all the material covered.  Second, that early start with a drivers ed course at 15 will allow your teen more time to practice behind the wheel training without necessarily falling out of place with their peers. Procrastination can lead to teens that never get licensed.

For Colorado Drivers Ed, I recommend DriversEd.com

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Navigating Through Texas Parent Taught Drivers Ed

In Texas the vastly popular choice for Teen Driver’s Ed is what’s called the Concurrent Method or Parent Taught Driver Education. This is because it allows the teen to practice driving sooner rather than later. The other version of Texas Drivers Ed called Block Method, which typically makes you complete a full 32 hour online course before any practice driving can occur. So now that you know the difference, what next? I’ve created this site and written this article to be your guide, to help you navigate through the rules, regulations, and requirements of Parent Taught Driver’s Ed [Concurrent Method] to get you to the right place where you can help your child learn to be a great driver.

The main thing with Parent Taught Drivers Ed, behind the wheel instruction is truly on you, the parent. For that reason, the state requires you register with TDLR as the parental instructor first. Your teen can register for the program as early as 14 but must be at least 15 years old to be eligible to get a learner’s permit. Once approved you get the Parent Taught Driver Education packet that has logs to maintain times your child has worked on their online driver education course as well as their behind the wheel training with you. Approval to be a parent instructor is not a big deal; any parent or guardian with a clean Texas driving record for the last 3 years qualifies. Under the old Texas DPS system, you used to have to mail a check and registration form to the DMV and wait a few weeks to get approved but things have changed. The Parent Taught Driver Education program is now run by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation [TDLR]. TDLR allows for you to register for and purchase a Parent Taught Driver Education packet online here. [You’re welcome!]

Once you’ve been approved and have your packet, you need a great Parent Taught Online Driver Education course. I always recommend DriversEd.com in Texas. They have a fantastic Texas Teen Driver’s Ed course that runs on multiple devices. It’s highly interactive with strong video presentations to keep your child engaged as they learn.

Texas requires that for a teen to get their learner’s permit, they must first complete 6 hours of their online Parent Taught Driver course. The state allows a student to work on their courses about 2 hours a day, and once those 6 hours are completed, your online drivers ed school will send you a 6 hour completion certificate that you can take to the DPS, along with your Parent Taught Driver Education packet to get your child’s learners permit. So your teen really could be driving with you after 3 days.

Now there is a lot of responsibility here for the both of you. Aside from the fact your child still has to complete the remainder of their 32 hour online course, you must also log 44 hours of in-car training with them. Your Parent Taught Packet will also include driving exercises you should go over with them to help them become sure of themselves behind the wheel. You child must be 16 and have held their learner’s permit at least 6 months before they can go into their written license exam and road test.

And again, if you’re just starting this journey, we recommend DriversEd.com’s Parent Taught Driver Education course. Check them out!
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