This Step: Practice Driving
Practice Driving in Montana
You must hold your instruction permit for at least six consecutive months, and abide by the following restrictions whenever you practice driving.
A) Know Your Learner’s Permit Restrictions
Anytime you get behind the wheel, you must have your permit on you and ensure all occupants of your vehicle are wearing seat belts. Additional requirements apply to those with the following instruction permits:
Traffic Education Permit (TEP)
You can only drive during traffic education training under the direct supervision of a traffic education instructor. That means your Traffic Education Permit is only valid while you are enrolled in the course.
Traffic Education Learner License (TELL)
As long as you are enrolled in or have passed a state-approved traffic education course, you can drive on Montana roads when accompanied by an approved instructor or licensed parent or guardian.
You can only drive when being supervised by a licensed driver seated in the right front seat, who is at least 18 years old. If you are younger than 18, your supervising driver must be one of the following:
- Your parent
- Your legal guardian
- A licensed driver who has the permission of your parent or guardian and is also 18 or older
B) Get on the Road
All teens must clock 50 hours of supervised driving experience under the appropriate supervision. That includes ten hours of nighttime driving practice.