Currently, a minor who is under 18 years of age may be issued a driver's license or temporary driver's license if the minor has held an instruction permit for 12 months and has completed 50 hours of supervised driving, including 10 hours of night driving. Section 2 adds the requirements that the applicant must:
- Complete a 30-hour driver education course, which may include an online course, approved by the department; and
- Receive at least 6 hours of behind-the-wheel driving training with a driving instructor or, for minors who live in rural areas of the state, 12 hours of behind-the-wheel training with a parent, a legal guardian, or an alternate permit supervisor.
Additionally, section 2 eliminates the current instructional requirements for minors under 16 and one-half years of age to hold an instruction permit for 12 months, complete 50 hours of supervised driving, including 10 hours of night driving, and receive 6 hours of behind-the-wheel driving training with a driving instructor or, if the minor lives more than 30 miles from a business offering driving instruction, at least 12 hours of training from a parent, legal guardian, or responsible adult to be eligible for issuance of a driver's license.
Current law authorizes the department to issue an instruction permit to a minor if the minor meets one of the following conditions:
- A minor who is 16 years of age or older need not complete a driver education course;
- A minor who is at least 15 and one-half years of age but under 16 years of age must have completed a driver education course or a 4-hour driver awareness course; or
- A minor who is 15 years of age or older but under 15 and one-half years of age must have completed a driver education course.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)