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    Practice Driving in South Carolina

    Gain as many behind-the-wheel hours as possible in preparation for the road test. Be sure, while holding your permit, to follow all driving restrictions as specified by South Carolina's Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

    A) Know Your Learner's Permit Restrictions

    • You must be accompanied in the front seat by a licensed driver 21 years old or older with at least 1 year of driving experience
    • No driving between midnight and 6 a.m.
    • You must carry your beginner's permit when driving

    NOTE: Your driving privileges will be suspended for 6 months if you accumulate 6 points or more moving violations on your driving record.

    B) Get On the Road

    You must hold your permit for at least 180 days. During this time you will be required to log a minimum of 40 hours of supervised driving, with at least 10 hours hours at night.

    C) Get Proof of Practice Hours

    After completing the 40 hours of supervised driving, your parent or guardian will need to confirm by signing the appropriate section located on the Certification of School Attendance, Drivers Education and Driving Practice (Form PDLA). File this form in a safe place. It will also be needed to certify your completion of a driver education course.

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