Driver's Training in South Carolina

South Carolina Driver's Training

Both professional driver's training and supervised behind-the-wheel driving practice are required for teenagers applying for their first driver's license with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Your behind-the-wheel training will provide you with valuable driving experience and help you develop the skills necessary to ace your DMV road test. You'll be equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to take on the responsibilities of a new driver and start driving by yourself.

On this page you'll find information about the South Carolina behind-the-wheel training requirements and the next steps towards your full driver's license.

South Carolina Behind-the-Wheel Requirements

If you are younger than 18 years old, you must complete a minimum of 40 hours of behind-the-wheel practice with a licensed adult.

If you are younger than 17 years old, you must also complete the behind-the-wheel training component of an SCDMV-approved Driver's Ed/driver's training course.

You can begin your South Carolina behind-the-wheel driver's training requirements when you are at least 15 years old by applying for learner's permit and enrolling in Driver's Ed/driver's training.

For more information on obtaining a learner's permit and beginning driver's education, please visit our pages on those topics:

South Carolina Driver's Training

Professional driver's training is a component of your South Carolina Driver’s Ed program.

South Carolina driver's training courses are offered by professional driving schools and some school districts.

Your course will include:

  • 8 hours of classroom instruction.
  • 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training with a certified driving instructor.

Generally, you can begin the in-car instruction after you complete the classroom portion of the course.

Combining driver's education with behind-the-wheel driver's training will allow you to immediately apply the safe driving practices you've learned in the classroom. Your driving instructor can provide you with valuable information that can help to make you a better driver.

Behind-the-Wheel Practice in SC

During the beginner's permit/learner's permit stage of the SCDMV teen driver program, you'll also need to practice driving while supervised by:

  • Your parent/legal guardian.
  • A licensed adult who is at least 21 years old and has held their driver's license for at least 1 year.

Before advancing from your learner's permit to your provisional driver's license, you'll need to complete at least 40 hours of supervised behind-the-wheel practice, including 10 hours completed at night.

Your parent/legal guardian will need to sign your application and verify your completion of the behind-the-wheel requirements when you apply for your provisional driver's license.

Your supervised behind-the-wheel training will allow you to experience real-time road conditions and situations.

Next Steps - Provisional Driver's License

You'll be eligible to apply for your provisional driver's license after you:

  • Complete driver’s education/driver's training.
  • Complete your supervised behind-the-wheel driving practice.
  • Have held your learner's permit for at least 180 days.

When you satisfy the requirements above you can schedule and take your driving test at your local South Carolina DMV office.

For more information, please visit our Applying for a New License (Teen Drivers) in South Carolina page.

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