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Tennessee Education Center
Drivers ed in Tennessee is not a requirement as part of the state’s Graduated Driver License Program (GDL). However, there are many benefits to completing drivers education, even if the state does not require it. While driving lessons are not a requirement before motorists obtain a driver license in the state, they must meet eligibility requirements and complete the three phases of the GDL Program if they are younger than 18 years of age. Under phase one, motorists must pass a written drivers test and a vision screening before they may obtain a learner permit. During phase two, motorists must pass a drivers test and be at least 16 years of age before they may obtain an intermediate restricted license. After passing the TN drivers license test and holding an intermediate restricted license for at least one year, motorists may apply for an intermediate unrestricted license. Motorists can increase their chances of passing their DMV drivers test by completing a driving practice test online and by studying the Tennessee Comprehensive Driver License Manual. While teen driving school is not mandatory in the state, motorists may need to complete a driver improvement course to avoid a license suspension or to remove points from their traffic record. If motorists cannot attend traffic school in Tennessee after accumulating 12 or more demerit points in a 12-month period, then they may lose driving privileges. To learn more about driving classes in Tennessee, review the following pages.