*Driver Ed is a required course for 15/16 year olds. 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 the student of any age an insurance discount upon completion. Simply put, if you only have a permit, this is the course you need to obtain your license. Defensive Driving is ONLY for those with a drivers license & seeking an insurance discount. If interested in defensive driving, click on that tab for more information. If you’re 15 or 16 years old then Driver Ed is REQUIRED. In SC, for those under 17, you must complete driver ed, be enrolled in school, & have 40 hours with a licensed driver 21 or older (typically parents). These 40 hours are not a part of driver ed. These three things must be completed or checked off before the driver is eligible to take the SC Road Test. There is no rush or end date to finish. Students may schedule their driving sessions when they’re available to either finish sooner (based on ADA availability) or spread them out to allow for more practice between sessions. ADA required it’s students to have at least 20 of those 40 completed before beginning the driving portion, but NOT to enroll in the class, so do not wait to enroll just because the student has not had a lot of practice. Enrolling and completing the class gets you into the system & we can begin to schedule your driving sessions when you’re ready. Waiting to take the class only delays when you’ll be able to drive. Wait to register….Wait to drive. Basically, get your permit and contact ADA so we can work on a plan that meets your needs to finish and get your teen driving!
Please note that if you’re 17 or older you’re not required to take driver ed, but ADA does not provide individual lessons, so if you want to take the road test at ADA you’ll need to enroll in driver ed. ADA does not test outside students, only those who have completed our program. All students who complete the program will receive a certificate of completion for their insurance discount. Please check with your own insurance company about eligible discounts that apply to you.
Cost / Fees
Driver Ed – $325
Road Test – $75 – Included in your driver ed tuition ($400)
Re-Test – $75 – skills review included prior to testing on a re-test only.
Reminders Before Enrolling
1. You do not need a permit to enroll, but will need it to drive
2. Driving sessions are scheduled after the student completes the classroom session
3. Students must have their permit 180 days before being eligible to take the road test, but you do NOT have to wait 180 days to enroll in the course.
4. ADA recommends you seek a class date around the 90 day mark of the 180 waiting period. This give you time to practice and if you want to test when eligible you have plenty of time to finish the course.
Please click on Sign Up to register and follow the information on the Sign Up page to get started!
Testing / DMV Process
ADA has been a licensed Third Party Testing location since 2012 and will administer your student’s SC Road Test (Skills Test) for a $75 fee which is included in your driver ed tuition. After passing the SC Road Test the student has 30 days to go to the DMV to get their license issued (ADA does not issue licenses). Every student testing outside the DMV is subject to being retested when presenting your test documents to the DMV. This legal process is called a “Random Recall.” A parent/guardian must accompany students under the age of 18 on test day whether your testing at ADA or the DMV to sign test paperwork. Students 15/16 will be provided a form (PDLA) which must be signed by ADA, student’s school, & a parent/guardian before going to the DMV. This form is given to the student on their final driving session.
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