*Driver Ed is a required course for 15/16 yoa. It is an option for any age driver who is seeking to get their license and needs help with passing the SC Road Test. The course will also provide a insurance discount upon completion. Simply put, if you only have a permit, this is the course you need. Defensive Driving is only for those WITH a license already. If you’re 15 or 16 yoa, Drive Ed is REQUIRED before you can get your restricted license. In SC, 17 yoa or older are not restricted and have full driving privileges. So, if you want to drive solo before age 17, register for driver ed.
Driver Ed is $300. Upon completion, students will take their own vehicle to the DMV to take the SC Road test provided they have met the requirements or test here at ADA. Testing information is below.
1. Must have a SC Permit for 180 days
2. 15/16 yoa must be enrolled in school & have 40 hours of practice with parent
3. Must complete driver ed
4. *17 or older only have to wait the 180 days before being eligible to test
You must register on the Sign Up page to reserve your seat. Tuition is $300 (cash) payable on the class date. No checks or credit cards are accepted & we do no have payment plans.
Parent(s) must attend a brief orientation on the class date that begins at 9am and students NOT providing their own lunch need to bring $5 for pizza. Everything you need to know about driver ed & testing is in the orientation presentation. Parents should plan on the course take 4-6 weeks on average to complete. This is typical during our busiest months of April – June. ADA will pick up your student at home/school on your driving dates, but class & test dates are held at our ADA office located at 831 Neilson St in Aiken.
Testing – ADA will test your student after they complete driver ed & meet the eligibility requirements. ADA only tests on Friday’s at 9, 10, 11, 2, 3, & 4pm and testing is in our ADA vehicle and the fee is $75 (cash). Testing is separate from driver ed and just an option for you. If you want to use your vehicle at the DMV then ADA will provide you with the required paperwork and you’ll be clear to go when you’re ready. Testing is scheduled when you schedule your drives on class day if you choose to test at ADA.
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