Teaching Driver’s Education

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Are you teaching your student how to drive? Helping someone get their driver’s license can be intimidating because of all the official steps and rules involved in the process. But you have helped your student learn all sorts of things, and you can help them learn this skill too! Here is how!

Before Taking the Learner Permit Test 

If your student is between 15 1/2 and 16 years of age, before your student takes the written test, sign up for either Parent-Taught Driver’s Education course OR a Driver’s Education Program. See instructions below (subject to change).

*Note: Driver Education is not required for those over the age of 16.  Skip steps 1 & 2. A permit is still required for 6 months before taking the driver’s test.

Parent-Taught Driver’s Education

Step 1: If you will be teaching your child to drive, purchase and/or enroll in a Parent-Taught Driver’s Education course. You need this info to fill out the Affidavit in the next step. Bring your receipt for the purchase of this program with you to the testing site to get your permit. Your student may begin working on the 30 hours of classroom instruction.

Step 2: Fill out the Parent-Taught Driver’s Education Affidavit at the bottom of the Parent-Taught Driver Education Packet. Send it to the address listed on the form.  They will send it back to you stamped “Approved”.  Save this approved copy to take with you to get your permit.

Step 3: Completely read the Oklahoma Driver’s Manual and take many practice tests.

Driver’s Education Program

Step 1: Find a Driver’s Ed program in your area. Choose dates that fit your calendar, sign up your student, and pay the tuition.

Step 2: Have your student attend the class. All students should receive a completion certificate and leave the classroom segment of driver’s ed with all the knowledge needed to pass the written part of the driver’s exam. Bring this documentation with you to get your permit, along with the other items listed below.

Taking the Learner Permit Test

To apply for a Learner Permit, the applicant must be at least 15 1/2 years of age. The applicant must appear before a Driver’s License Examiner. The examiner will process the applicant and administer a vision and written (computer) exam. If the applicant passes, you must pay the fee, and the examiner will issue a temporary driver’s permit. The official permit will come in the mail.

Some testing facilities are only taking walk-ins, and some are requiring you to schedule an appointment online. Be prepared to wait a significant amount of time with your student and bring ALL required documentation with you.

Step 1: On testing day, bring this documentation with you:

  • A legal form of identification, such as an original birth certificate or passport or other
  • Student’s social security number
  • Approved Parent-Taught Driver’s Education Affidavit OR Driver’s Ed Classroom Completion Certificate.
  • Receipt of purchase for approved driver’s education program
  • If the student has had a legal name change, bring documentation
  • A parent or legal guardian must be present

Step 2: If you pass the test, pay the fee. Take your permit with you everywhere.

Step 3: Work your approved driver’s education course, 30 hours of classroom instruction, and a minimum of 55 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction, with an approved parent or another instructor (the person listed on your affidavit).

Step 4: Once you have completed your driver’s ed course or are 16 years of age or over and have had your permit for 6 months, you may take the driver’s test. Read up here about Graduated Driver’s Licenses.  

Applying for an Oklahoma Driver’s License

Drive Test Between age 16 & 16 1/2

Drive Test Between age 16 1/2 & 18

Drive Test Over the age of 18

*If you find that we should edit this post, please let us know by emailing team@hsok.org. (Updated Oct 2022)

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