This Step: Practice Driving
Practice Driving in Missouri
You must hold your instruction permit for at least six months, and abide by the following restrictions whenever you practice driving.
A) Know Your Learner’s Permit Restrictions
- Teens younger than 16 may only drive when accompanied in the front seat by a licensed driver who is a qualified person*, grandparent or qualified driving instructor*
- Teens 16 and older may only drive when accompanied in the front seat by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old and holds a valid drivers license.
- 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 or certified trainer with a federal residential job training program with a valid driver license. 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. Ten of these practice hours must be clocked at night between sunset and sunrise. You can track your hours with the state’s Driving Hours Log Sheet.
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.