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Idaho Driver’s Training
If you’re a teenager applying for your first driver’s license with the Idaho Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), you’ll need to complete both driver’s training with a driving instructor and supervised driving practice.
Both of these behind-the-wheel training requirements are part of the Idaho graduated driver’s license (GDL) program and are designed to give you the skills and knowledge to pass your driving test and become a safe and responsible driver.
Your behind-the-wheel requirements will also allow you to gain the skills necessary to pass the DMV road skills test and obtain your first ID driver’s license.
If you are younger than 17 years old, you’ll need to complete the following Idaho GDL behind-the-wheel training requirements:
- At least 50 hours of supervised driving.
- Driver’s training during an approved Idaho driver’s education program.
You can begin your behind-the-wheel practice and the requirements of the GDL program when you are at least 14 1/2 years old by applying for your supervised instruction permit and enrolling in driver’s education.
For more information about obtaining your learner's permit and enrolling in driver's education, please visit our pages on those topics:
If you’re younger than 17 years old, you must complete a Driver’s Ed course prior to applying for your driver’s license. Courses are offered by public schools and private driver’s training schools and include driving training with a certified driving instructor.
NOTE: You’ll need to obtain you learner’s permit before beginning your course.
Your driver’s education course must include a classroom and in-car component, consisting of at least:
- 30 hours of classroom instruction.
- 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training.
- 6 hours of in-car observation.
For driver’s training programs in your area, contact your school or look up a professional driving school on the Idaho DMV website.
While you hold your learner’s permit, you’ll be able to practice driving with a licensed adult who is at least 21 years old.
Before advancing from your learner’s permit to your provisional driver’s license, you’ll need to complete at least 50 hours of supervised driving practice with at least 10 hours completed at night.
You can keep track of your driving practice with the Idaho Teen Driving Log.
You’ll be eligible to take your driving test and obtain your provisional Idaho driver’s license when you:
- Are at least 15 years old.
- Have held your learner’s permit for at least 6 months.
- Have completed driver’s training/driver’s education.
- Have completed your supervised driving practice.
NOTE: You will only be eligible if you have a clean driving record, with NO traffic violations for 6 months.
Visit the Idaho DMV website to locate a driving skills tester near you and schedule a road test.
For more information about any additional documents, forms, and fees you may need to submit to the Idaho DMV to get your driver's license, please visit our Applying for a New License (Teen Drivers) in Idaho page.
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