The minimum age to get a learner’s permit and to enroll in any driver education course is 15 years of age.

You must have a learner’s permit for at least 6 months prior to receiving your license.

If you are 18, there is no holding period, but you must complete an approved driver’s education course (homestudy packet and six hours driving with an instructor).

If you are 19 years or older, driver’s education is not required. However, you will need to hold a learner’s permit for at least 3 months or take a driver’s education course (Homestudy) and complete 6 hours of driving with a certified instructor.

A learner’s permit can be obtained by going to the DLD (Driver’s License Division) and passing a written exam of 50 questions with an 80% score. You may take it twice your first time there. Here are two websites that will help you.  Http:// and

The Homestudy packet can be completed quickly. The packet costs $100* and takes the place of the classroom and online courses. Many students work on the packet when their friend is driving. Any questions can be answered and explained during their session.

The cost of 6 hours of required road driving is $360* and we accept cash, checks, or Venmo. There is a $50 NSF fee.  Venmo is Dave or Lisa McConnell @davesdriversed – you should see a family picture or you’re not at the right place. Please make checks payable to Dave’s Driving School. If you enable Venmo protection and it charges us a fee, you will be responsible to cover the cost. The price of the driving is fixed.

The driving portion can be done in as little as 14 days from sign up with the fast track option ($100*).

The registration form is available in the car and is filled out on the first drive. You must bring your learner’s permit every time you drive! Money is collected the first time you drive unless other arrangements are made prior to the first drive.

No “range driving” (parking lot driving) is necessary because you receive twice as much road time.

Please make sure your learner’s permit is valid.  They are good for one year although you can renew them easily at the DLD. Make sure to bring a positive ID. Students are required to complete 34 hours of driving with a parent/guardian, and 10 hours must be at night.

See the tab, 9 steps for more details.

To obtain your license, it is your responsibility to call the DLD (801-816-2607) and make sure everything has been completed and signed off. Simply provide the DLD with your 9-digit learner permit number, and they will verify completion and save you a wasted trip. If you believe you have finished all the requirements and the DLD disagrees, please contact me immediately.

As of Jan. 1, 2016, the DLD is requiring a 40 question quiz that is offered online by going to their website, and clicking on Traffic Safety and Trends. This is an open book quiz and can be taken as many times as necessary until you get 100%.  You will get the same questions each time, and they give you the answers to the ones you miss.  This test is included in the online course.

Dave McConnell:  801.602.6065

Instagram: Daves_driving

YouTube: Dave’s Driving Test 

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