Behind the Wheel in Oklahoma
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Oklahoma Driver's Training
If you're a teenager applying for your first driver's license, you may need to complete both driver's training and behind-the-wheel practice as part of the graduated driver's licensing (GDL) program.
The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS) has implemented the GDL program to ensure you learn all the skills necessary to become a safe and responsible driver.
During the learner's permit phase of the OK GDL program, the behind-the-wheel experience you gain will be crucial to passing your driving test and taking on the responsibilities of unsupervised driving.
If you are younger than 18 years old, you'll need to complete the following:
- Driver's Ed, if you are younger than 16 years old. (Includes a behind-the-wheel component.)
- 50 hours of supervised driving practice.
You can enroll in a driver's education course once you turn 15 years old. For more information, please visit our Driver’s Ed in Oklahoma page.
You can begin your supervised driving practice when you are at least 15 1/2 years old by applying for your learner's permit.
NOTE: If you do not take Driver's Ed, you must wait until you are at least 16 years old to apply for a learner's permit.
For more information, please visit our Driver’s Permits in Oklahoma page.
If you wish to get your learner's permit before you are 16 years old, you MUST complete a driver's education program. You can enroll in a Driver's Ed course at 15 years old.
Behind-the-wheel driver's training with a certified driving instructor is a component of Oklahoma Driver's Ed and is offered by:
- Public schools.
- Private schools.
- Professional driving schools.
- Parent-taught driver's education programs.
If you take a parent-taught driver's education program, you'll complete at least 55 hours of behind-the-wheel training in addition to your classroom/online instruction. Other driver's training programs will have similar requirements.
For more information, read our Driver’s Ed in Oklahoma page.
During the learner's permit stage of the Oklahoma GDL program, you'll ONLY be allowed to drive with a licensed adult who is at least 21 years old and has held a driver's license for 2 years.
Before advancing 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.
After you complete your behind-the-wheel practice, your parent/legal guardian will need to sign an Affidavit of Driver Training (Form DPS 300), which you'll need to submit when you apply for your provisional driver's license.
You'll be eligible to take your road test and apply for your provisional driver's license when you:
- Have held your learner's permit for at least 6 months.
- Have completed your behind-the-wheel practice and submitted an Affidavit of Driver Training (Form DPS 300).
- See “Supervised Driving Practice in OK" above.
- Have completed your driver's training, if necessary.
- See “Oklahoma Driver's Training Course" above.
For more information about the next steps in your GDL program, please visit our Applying for a New License (Teen Drivers) in Oklahoma page.
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