Alabama Drivers Training: Behind the Wheel Training and Permit Training
Any resident in the state of Alabama can apply for a driver's license, as long as they qualify with the requirements that are necessary. You will need an Alabama driver license to be able to drive freely in the state. Obtaining your driving license in Alabama is quite easy. You need to take and pass the knowledge test, a vision test, and a road skills test.
If you are 18 years or older, obtaining your first Alabama driver's license is a bit easier. You can head to your local DPS office to pass a vision test and knowledge test. You need to ensure that you bring your Social Security card and at least two forms of Identification proof.
You'll also have to pay a $5 testing fee and $36.25 license fee to the DPS. However, if you're currently 18 years old, you will also need to submit proof that you're enrolled in school or have already graduated. Once you get all the paperwork out of the way, you can take the road test to prove your driving skills. You'll need to train and practice your driving while you have a licensed driver with you and an insured vehicle that will pass inspection.
Alabama Behind-the-Wheel Driving Practice
Anyone who is younger than 18 years old is required to complete one of the following Alabama behind-the-wheel requirements before you advance from your learner's permit to a provisional driver's license:
- You are required to successfully complete 50 hours of supervised behind-the-wheel driving practice with a licensed adult.
- You can also practice with an Alabama Department of Education-approved Driver's Ed course, which includes a behind-the-wheel driver's training component.
You can start your supervised behind-the-wheel practice, only if you already hold a learner's permit. However, you can enroll in a Driver's Ed course without a learner's permit. If you are not able to complete an approved Driver's Ed/driver's training course, you are required to complete a behind-the-wheel driving practice under the supervision of a licensed adult.
If you are at least 15 years old, you are eligible to apply for your learner's permit and start driving with a licensed adult supervising, who is at least 21 years old. Driving with a supervisor or legal adult will improve your driving skills as well as correct any negative driving habits and foster safe and aware driving skills. After you complete your supervised practice, your parent/legal guardian will need to complete the Behind the Wheel Verification section.
Provisional License in Alabama
You will be eligible to schedule a road test and gain your restricted Alabama driver's license after:
- You are at least 16 years old or older.
- You have held your Alabama learner's permit for at least six months.
- You have completed Driver's Ed. The required Alabama behind-the-wheel driving practice hours.
To obtain a driver’s permit in Alabama
If you turn 18 years old, it is possible to get a full, unrestricted driver’s license. A temporary instruction license can be changed to a regular, non-commercial driver's license if the following is considered-
- A brief instruction license has been held for at least six months
- There have been no convicted violations of the vehicle code
- There have been no accidents that have taken place with partial or full responsibility
- You have passed your driver's license road test successfully.
- You have completed a driver training course approved by the Alabama State Department of Education.