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Driver's Education in Oklahoma
As part of the graduated driver license (GDL) program, the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS) requires new drivers younger than 15 1/2 years old to complete a driver's education program before applying for a learner's permit.
You can choose between attending a commercial driving school, secondary school driver education course, or parent-taught driver education.
If you are at least 16 years old, you do NOT need to take driver's education to apply for your permit. For more information on how to obtain your learner's permit, please read our page about Driver's Permits in Oklahoma.DMV.org TIP: Prepare with a Practice Test!
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If you're at least 15 years old when applying for a learner's permit, the OK DPS will ask to see proof of enrollment or completion of a driver's education course.
While you don't need to have your learner's permit before you take Driver's Ed, you will need it if you wish to practice driving outside of the program.
If you have your OK learner's permit, you may start your behind-the-wheel training with a licensed driver who is above 21 years old and has been licensed for at least 2 years. Without it, you can only drive while accompanied by your Driver's Ed instructor.
Enrolling in a driver's education program is your first step to learning how to safely operate a motor vehicle on the road. In Oklahoma, you have the choice between using a commercial driver school, secondary school driver education OR parent-taught driver education. See “Types of Driver's Ed Courses in Oklahoma" below.
With an approved parent-taught driver education course, you'll be required to complete:
- 30 hours of classroom training.
- 55 hours of behind-the-wheel training.
The driver's education programs offered through secondary schools and commercial driving schools will have similar requirements. Please contact your provider directly for specific details.
You may also study the Oklahoma driver manual.
In Oklahoma, you may choose any of the following types of approved driver's education programs:
- Commercial driver education schools.
- Parent-taught driver education (PTDE). Visit the OK DPS website for a list of approved providers.
- Secondary school driver education.
For more information, you may contact your local OK DMV office OR the automated answering number for PTDE at (405) 425-7272. You can also contact your local public school to see if they offer driver's education.
Once you have held your OK learner's permit for at least 6 months, you may start the process of applying for your intermediate driver's license.
In Oklahoma, if you are a new driver who is under 18 years old, you must:
- Have completed 50 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction (10 hours at night) with a licensed driver.
- NOTE: The driver must be at least 21 years old and licensed for at least 2 years.
- Not have had any traffic convictions on your driving record.
For more details about applying for your teen license in Oklahoma, please visit our page about Applying for a New License (Teen Drivers).
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