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What driver’s education is required?

Before applying for a Restricted Driver’s License or Hardship License, you must complete a state-approved driver’s education program, which includes the following:

• 30 hours of classroom instruction
• 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training

The classroom instruction focuses on learning the rules of the road and vehicle safety.

What tests must I pass?
The State of Tennessee requires drivers to pass the following tests:

Written Knowledge Test
• The written knowledge test consists of multiple-choice questions about traffic signs and signals, safe driving principles, rules of the road and drugs and alcohol. You must correctly answer 24 out of 30 questions in order to pass the test. If you fail the test, you are required to wait seven days before taking the test again.

Vision Screening
• You must be able to pass the vision screening with at least 20/40 in each eye separately and both eyes together. If you fail to meet the standard, you must have an eye care specialist complete the Eye Specialist Form and submit it to the Driver Improvement Section for review.

Road Skills Test
• The driver license examiner will be observing how well you do the following:

1. Prepare to drive
2. Start your vehicle
3. Control your vehicle
4. Handle intersections
5. Make left and right turns
6. Obey traffic signals and posted signs
7. Stop quickly
8. Back the vehicle up
9. Judge distance
10. Communicate to other drivers
11. Share the road with others
12. Change your speed to suit the situation

You must have less than six errors in order to pass the road skills test. You may retake the test after mandatory practice times determined by the number of errors you made.

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