Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationInsurance & Registration · 3 months ago

Required lessons from a professional instructor for my driver's license?

If I turn 17 1/2 a month or two after I receive my permit, can I get by without taking two-hour lessons from a professional instructor? I read that in California (where I live), you aren’t required to take any professional driving lessons if you're 17 1/2 or older. Does that apply only to the date you get your permit?

In other words: Can I skip the lessons and move on to practicing 50 hours with my parent?

Update:

Since I apparently wasn't clear enough: My question is about *after* I get my permit, not if I can bypass driver's ed for my permit; I've completed that already.

"...you aren’t required to take any professional driving lessons if you're 17 1/2 or older." Yes, I read this, but I wanted to know if it would still apply to me if I turned 17 1/2 *after* I get my permit. Other sites say anyone under 18 must take 6 hours of drivers training from a professional instructor.

Hence my question.

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  • Edna
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    If lessons from a professional driving instructor were required, you wouldn't have been issued a "permit" in the first place.

  • May
    Lv 5
    3 months ago

    You wrote: "...you aren’t required to take any professional driving lessons if you're 17 1/2 or older." What part of that is not clear to you?

    Why do you insist on making a simple thing complicated? If all else fails, Ask the California DMV to clear this up for you cupcake

  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    < I read that in California (where I live), you aren’t required to take any professional driving lessons if you're 17 1/2 or older. >

    Well then, it must be the gospel.

  • Ron
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    Why is it such a struggle to understand

    • If you are 15½ –17½ years old, you will need to provide proof that you:

    — Completed driver education (Certificate of Completion of Driver

    Education) OR

    — Are enrolled and participating in an approved integrated driver

    education/driver training program (Certificate of Enrollment in

    an Integrated [Classroom] Driver Education and Driver Training

    Program).

    update: perhaps reading comprehension classes? This is an OR situation. If you completed drivers ed you don't need driving lessons

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  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    The California Driver Handbook, page 12 first paragraph states: "If you are at least 17½ years old, you may obtain a permit without completing driver education or driver training. However, you cannot get a DL before you are 18 years old.

    You must practice with a licensed California driver: parent, guardian, driving instructor, spouse, or adult 25 years old or older. A provisional permit does not allow you to drive alone at any time, not even to a DMV field office to take a driving test.

    So there's your choice. Take driver training and get your provisional learners permit a little sooner and possibly get your provisional driver's license before age 18, or wait until you're 17 1/2 to get a provisional learners permit and wait until you're 18 to take the road test get a provisional license.

    There is one very good reason to take a Driver Education course - insurance will be cheaper than if you don't. Your parents will be happier about that.

    Source(s): CA Driver Handbook https://www.dmv.ca.gov/web/eng_pdf/dl600.pdf
  • Pearl
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    i would ask the dmv all these questions

  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    That could be a good question. Just like a DMV to use the permit date, but surely you could correctly argue that you are in fact 17-1/2 as you stand before them.

    Professional instruction would be a great idea except for the cost. Be sure to wait 50 hours before going down for your test. I can see you now: a floral display along the side of the rud.

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