Driver's Education in Montana
Most new drivers in Montana are required to successfully complete a State-approved driver's education program in order to obtain a Montana driver's license. In fact, for many applicants, the driver's education certificate of completion is part of the actual driver's license application.
WHO MUST TAKE DRIVER'S EDUCATION
- Montana residents under the age of 16 can apply for a learner's permit if they are enrolled or complete a State-approved driver's education.
- Montana residents 18 and older who have never held a license from Montana, or any other US state or foreign country, must hold a learner's permit for a minimum of 30 days, or complete a State-approved driver's education program before applying for a new license.
WHERE TO TAKE DRIVER'S EDUCATIONDriver's education courses are offered through both public and private school programs, all of which must be approved by the Montana Traffic Education Unit. Driving schools, licensed by the Motor Vehicle Division, cover the same course content.
WHAT'S COVERED IN A DRIVER'S EDUCATION COURSEWhile driver's education courses vary from one school to another, all licensed programs must include the following components:
- Classroom periods, focusing on issues including alcohol safety and drug abuse awareness, defensive driving, right-of-way, parking, vehicle balance, motorcycle awareness and organ and tissue donation.
- In-car instruction sessions, divided into six hours of actual driving and periods of observation time.