MISSOURI -- The Missouri Department of Revenue reminds young drivers that state law now requires teens to obtain 40 hours of behind-the-wheel driving instruction before graduating from an instruction permit to an intermediate licenses.
This compares to 20 hours required prior to the law change.
Senate Bill 1001 increased the driving instruction requirement effective Jan. 1. The bill was passed in May of 2006 and signed into law by Gov. Blunt in June.
According to the law the required 40 hours must include at least 10 hours nighttime hours which can be logged between sunset and sunrise. The driving instructor must be a parent, grandparent, legal guardian, certified trainer with a federal, residential job training program, or a qualified driving instructor.
Regardless of the length of time the young driver has held an instruction permit, 40 hours of instruction will be required after Jan. 1 when graduating to the intermediate license.