Ready to make our roadways safer by teaching teenagers how to drive? It’s time to become a driving instructor!
- At least 18 (in some states you must be at least 21) years of age?
- Are you a licensed driver for the license class you want to teach (i.e. have a motorcycle license if you want to be a motorcycle driving instructor)?
- A safe driver, with a relatively clean driving record, with no DUIs or a substantial amount of points against your license?
- Someone who has experience teaching, coaching, managing, or mentoring teenagers?
Here’s what you need to do now:
- Do you have a driver’s license in the state in which you reside? If not, head to the local DMV, because you can’t teach driving unless you’re a legal resident and licensed driver in the state in which you will teach. If you recently moved to a new state, you will need to have proof of residency as well as two legal forms of ID (usually an old license and a passport) to get a new license.
- Check the other state specific requirements for your state. Use this handy dandy list of DMV websites to find the specific website for your state.
- Signup for driving instructor training on the DMV website. They will provide a list of certified companies
- Most trainings take between 50 and 60 hours, requiring both classroom and behind the wheel time
- Pass the state driving instructor certification test, the background check, and get fingerprinted. This whole process typically costs around $60
- Find a Driving Instructor Job in your local area! Check craigslist, call your local drivers ed schools, or consider starting your own drivers ed school
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