What You Need to Know About Driver Education in Indiana

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Driver education courses are not required in the state of Indiana, but if your student wants to apply for their driver’s license early at 16 years and 90 days, they’ll need to take a driver education course. Here’s what you need to know about driver education in Indiana.

What’s Required by the BMV

First, to participate in either the classroom or behind-the-wheel phase of driver education, a student must be at least 15 years old. A driver education program that’s approved by the BMV has to provide 30 hours of classroom training and six hours of behind-the-wheel training with a BMV-licensed driver training school. Your student needs both of these to get their license at 16 years and 90 days.

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How the CIESC Driver Education Program Fulfils these Requirements

The CIESC Driver Education program offers approved classroom training (traditional and online), and behind-the-wheel instruction.

The Traditional Course is offered at local high schools periodically throughout the year, including summer months. It provides students with material that will prepare them for the BMV’s written knowledge exam. Upon completion of this course, students can apply for their learner’s permit. Students can take this three-week course at various locations at set days and times throughout the year.

The Online Course prepares students for the BMV’s written knowledge exam. The course’s open enrollment provides students with the flexibility to start at any time. With ample time to complete the course at 120 days, students can fit the course into their busy academic and extracurricular calendars. Requirements include spending 30 hours in the course, completing 15 units, and passing an online final exam. 

In-Car Lessons provide the opportunity for students to take instructor-led lessons in a CIESC vehicle to gain experience behind the wheel. Students may purchase individual one-hour lessons with an instructor at a two-hour minimum or purchase the package deal of six one-hour sessions for a reduced cost. 

The Road Skills Test is an additional service provided by the CIESC Driver Education program to students who have completed both the online or traditional class and the in-car lessons with CIESC. Our test, an alternative to the BMV’s road skills test, only takes 30 minutes and is administered by an in-car instructor with a car provided by the CIESC Driver Education program.

Learn more about the CIESC Driver Education program