How to Get a Driver's License Without Driver's Ed

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Getting a driver's license is a rite of passage in our society today. New drivers must learn traffic rules and driving techniques to get a license. A driver's education class will teach you everything you need to know. However, it is possible to skip driver's ed and still get your license.

Step 1

Get a driver's handbook. Go to your local Department of Motor Vehicles and pick one up, download the book online or call and ask the DMV to mail a book to you.

Step 2

Read the handbook and memorize as much as you can. The test may include any of the material in the handbook, so read thoroughly and be prepared.

Step 3

Practice driving. Take a licensed driver with you and head for a country road or quiet part of the city. Practice parking, stopping, turning and checking your mirrors. Ask your friend for feedback and suggestions.

Step 4

Complete the written test. Relax and take your time. After you finish, a DMV representative will grade the test immediately so you won't have to wait to find out how you did.

Take the driving test. Concentrate on the road and obey all the rules you've learned. Relax and be confident.


  • Driver's ed and driver's license requirements differ by state.
  • The above steps apply to getting an unrestricted license. You must be a certain age to get this type of license (usually 16 to 18). Many states require driver's ed students to get a restricted license. Check with the DMV to learn the specific laws in your state.
  • Some states allow teens to skip driver's ed and get a restricted license if their parents are willing to teach them how to drive. Parents can lead the driver's ed class from home and teach the in-car lessons as well. They must also be willing to sign a document that certifies their teen successfully completed the course.


  • When you start practicing in the car with a friend, stay in a deserted area and obey all traffic laws. If you don't think you're ready for a certain situation, let your licensed friend take over.

Items you will need

  • Driver's handbook

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