If your teen is between 16 and 20 years old (or you are), getting a provisional driver’s license is about more than learning to drive a car. At CAS Driving School, our goal is to help every young person we teach to be a safe and competent driver. Considering that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, there’s no shortage of worry (and stress) for parents whose teens are learning to drive. That’s why at CAS Driving School graduating safe and responsible drivers is our number one priority.
In order to begin driving instruction with CAS Driving School, you must have a valid learner’s permit. Holders of learner’s permits may begin driving instruction but may not drive alone and are subject to other driving restrictions. All of the instruction provided by CAS Driving School is conducted behind the wheel in the District of Columbia. (The DC DMV does not require classroom instruction, although this may be changing soon.)
If your teen is between 16 and 20 years old (or you are), we focus our driving instruction on the following:
If your teen is between 16 and 20 years old (or you are), the following are the steps to becoming a licensed driver in DC.
1. Beginning at age 16, DC residents are eligible to apply for a learner’s permit upon passing the knowledge exam (Learner’s Permit Test), which tests knowledge of traffic laws, road signs and driving safety rules. It determines whether you are prepared to operate a vehicle in accordance with DC law. This begins a minimum 6-month supervised learner’s phase, which is required for driving instruction. A learner’s permit is valid for one year for US citizens and may vary for non-US citizens (according to the US immigration expiration date).
2. Beginning at age 16 and 6 months, holders of learner’s permits may be eligible for a provisional DC driver’s license. If you are between 16 and 20 years old, you must take and pass the road test before you can qualify for a provisional license.
3. Beginning at age 17, provisional drivers may be eligible for a full DC driver’s license.
For more information about becoming a licensed driver in DC, visit the DC DMV website at www.dmv.dc.gov.