Drivers Training

An approved Idaho driver-training program consists of a required 1800 minutes (30 hours) of classroom instruction, 360 minutes (6 hours) of in-car observation in a driver-training car, and 360 minutes (6 hours) of behind the wheel driving with a driver training instructor. Driver training is required for anyone under 17 years old who is applying for an Idaho driver’s license. The Department of Education provides approved courses through commercial and public schools. Most Idaho school districts offer driver-training programs in cooperation with the Department of Education. The courses are open to all Idaho residents between the ages of 14-1/2 and 21, even if they are not public school students.

If you are under 17 years old and have completed driver training in another state (whether you have been issued a license in that state or not), you will be required to provide acceptable proof of driver training completion that meets or exceeds Idaho’s standards. If the program you completed out of state does not meet Idaho standards, you will be required to take an Idaho approved driver training course. If you are not surrendering an out-of-state license, you will also be required to complete a supervised driving period prior to licensing.

You must have a driver training permit/supervised instruction permit to attend any commercial or public school driver training program. While you are enrolled in a driver’s training program, these permits are valid only to operate a vehicle with a driver training instructor. When you have successfully completed a driver’s training program and the instructor has signed the permit, you will be eligible to begin the supervised instruction period required by Idaho’s Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) program.

The documents required to get a driver-training permit are the same as those required for a driver’s license and are listed below. The certified birth certificate you provide must show mother/father for liability purposes. At age 18 you may apply for a Class D Instruction Permit without a parental liability signer.

Anyone under 17 years of age who has not been issued a driver’s license in Idaho must successfully complete an approved driver training program and comply with the requirements of the Graduated Drive Licensing (GDL) program. Under the GDL Program, you will be required to complete a six month violation-free supervised instruction period, during which you must:

  • Be accompanied by a supervising valid licensed driver at least 21 years old who is occupying the seat beside the driver (no other passengers are allowed in the front seat),
  • Assure that all occupants are wearing seat belts or child restraints if required,
  • Observe all laws regarding alcohol and other intoxicating substances, and
  • Accumulate at least 50 hours of supervised driving time, ten hours of which must be at night.

If you are convicted of violating any traffic laws while you are operating under the Supervised Instruction Permit (SIP), the permit will be cancelled and you must reapply for a new SIP. Your six month of supervised driving begins all over again with the issuance of a new permit. Once you have successfully met the requirements of the GDL, you will be required to take and pass a skills test and a knowledge test before receiving a driver’s license. A parent or legal guardian may accompany you during the test after signing a liability waiver.

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