This Step: Take Driver Training
Take Driver Training in North Dakota
Your North Dakota instruction permit allows you to legally practice driving on ND roads while being supervised. If you are 16 or older, get in as much behind-the-wheel practice as possible before taking your road test. If you are younger than 16, you must also take driver training.
A) Take a Behind-the-Wheel Driver Training Course
If you are 14 or 15 years old, you must complete driver training to obtain a driver education completion certificate, and ultimately be eligible to take the road test. You have two options:
- Six hours of behind-the-wheel training through the Department of Public Instruction
- Six hours of behind-the-wheel training through a commercial driver training school approved by the North Dakota Highway Patrol
Teens younger than 16 must only drive a Class D noncommercial vehicle belonging to their parent or legal guardian. However, to take the road test, you don’t have to drive your parent or guardian’s car.
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B) Get Out of Class and On the Road
Begin practicing behind the wheel with your supervising driver. The more experience you get with varying road conditions (heavy traffic, not-so-perfect weather, etc.), the better prepared you will be to handle challenging situations when you are driving unsupervised. Plus, the more you practice, the more likely you are to pass the road test the first time around.
If you are younger than 18, you must practice behind the wheel for at least six months before taking your road test. If you are 18 or older, you can apply for a drivers license when you feel prepared to pass.