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Practice Driving in Missouri

You must hold your instruction permit for at least 182 days, starting the day after you get your permit, and abide by the following restrictions whenever you practice driving.

A) Know Your Learner’s Permit Restrictions

  • Teens younger than 16 years old may only drive when accompanied in the front seat by a licensed driver over 25 years old, who is a qualified person*, grandparent or qualified driving instructor*
  • Teens 16 years old and older may only drive when accompanied in the front seat by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old and has held a valid drivers license for at least 3 years.
  • You must keep your learner’s permit with you any time you get behind the wheel; your test paper alone will not suffice
  • You and all passengers must wear seat belts

*The state defines a “qualified person” as either a parent, legal guardian, certified trainer with a federal residential job training program with a valid drivers license, or a driver 25 years old or older who has had a drivers license for at least 3 years and has your parents' written permission to accompany you. A “qualified driving instructor” is an instructor who has a valid driver education endorsement on a teaching certificate issued by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, or a driver training instructor employed by a private driver education program.

B) Get on the Road

All teens must receive 40 hours of driving instruction with a qualified person, grandparent or qualified driving instructor; including 10 hours which must be clocked at night between sunset and sunrise. You can track your hours with the state’s Driving Experience Log (Form 4901).

When you take your road test and apply for an intermediate license, you must have your supervising driver attest that you completed these practice hours. See the next step for full details.

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