This Step: Practice Driving

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Practice Driving in Delaware

A) Get on the Road

Keep your learner’s permit on you any time you get behind the wheel. You must also abide by the driving restrictions unique to the type of permit you hold.

Level One Learner’s Permit Restrictions―16 Years Old to Younger than 18 Years Old

You must clock 50 hours of supervised driving hours, 10 hours of which are nighttime driving. While doing so, remember that:

  • Your supervisor must be a sponsor-approved, properly licensed parent, guardian or licensed adult who is at least 25 years old and has held a Class D license for at least 5 years.
  • This person must sit beside you in the front seat when the car is in motion; no other drivers can occupy this seat.
  • You and all passengers younger than 18 years old must wear a safety belt (or be secured in a child safety seat or booster seat) when your vehicle is in motion.

After the first 6 months as a permit holder you can drive:

  • Unsupervised between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Between 10 p.m. an 6 a.m. only under supervision (except when traveling directly to and from church activities, work activities and school activities that take place on school grounds).
  • With no other passengers other than the adult supervisor and no more than 1 additional passenger during the first 12 months; this restriction doesn’t apply to immediate family members when the adult supervisor is in the car.

During the second 6 months of unsupervised driving, you can only have 1 additional passenger riding with you when a supervisor is not present.

Temporary Instruction Permit Restrictions―18 Years Old and Older

While driving with this learner’s permit, you must be accompanied by a licensed driver. Your passenger must be at least 21 years old and qualified to drive the class of vehicle in which you are training.

B) Get Certification of Driver Training Completing

Your sponsor then will certify that you have completed your 50 practice hours (including 10 hours at night). Hang on to this certification so you can turn it into the Department of Education after your first 6 months behind the wheel.

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