This Step: Practice Driving
Practice Driving in Tennessee
Your learner's permit allows you to gain driving experience in preparation for the road test. Part of this experience involves following rules, including your permit's driving restrictions.
A) Know Your Learner's Permit Restrictions
- No driving between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
- No driving unless accompanied in the front seat by a licensed driver 21 years old or older
- Always carry your learner's permit when driving
B) Get On the Road
You must log 50 hours of supervised driving with a licensed adult. This includes 10 hours at night, provided the driving does not occur during restricted hours. Be aware that there is no leeway for beginner drivers. If you accrue 6 points or more for violations while holding your permit, you will have to restart the required time period for a permit, 180 days, once your record is clean.
C) Get Proof of Practice Hours
After reaching 50 hours, a parent, guardian or licensed instructor must sign a Certification of 50 Hours Behind the Wheel Driving Experience (Form SF-1256). This will serve as your verification. Don't lose it. You need this form when applying for an intermediate restricted license―the second step in Tennessee's graduated licensing process.