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Practice Driving in Indiana

With your learner’s permit you can legally get behind the wheel. First review the category of restrictions below that applies to you. These explain the ONLY circumstances under which you can practice driving.

A) Understand Your Learner’s Permit Restrictions

NOT Enrolled in an Approved Driver Ed Program

  • 18 years old or older―Only when accompanied by an individual who is at least 21 years old, holds a valid driver’s license in their possession and is seated in your front passenger seat
  • Between 16 years old and 18 years old―Only when accompanied by a parent, guardian, stepparent or other relative who is 25 years old or older and holds a valid driver’s license in their possession and is seated in your front passenger seat

Enrolled in an Approved Driver Ed Program

  • Younger than 16 years old―Only AFTER you begin an approved driver education program
  • Holder of a learner’s permit for driver education―Only when accompanied by a certified driving instructor in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with dual brake controls OR; when a parent, stepparent or guardian who has a valid driver’s license with them is seated in the front passenger seat

B) Get On the Road

First-time applicants must clock the following supervised driver training hours before applying for a drivers license:

  • 50 hours of supervised driving practice with a licensed instructor
  • OR 50 hours of supervised driving practice with a licensed driver who is at least 25 years old, or a spouse who is at least 21 years old
  • INCLUDING 10 hours of supervised nighttime driving practice

C) Maintain a Supervised Driving Log

Complete the Log of Supervised Driving Practice (Form 54706) so you can accurately track time spent behind the wheel. You don’t need to submit this document when you apply for an Indiana drivers license, but it’s good to keep for your own records.

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