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The classes listed below are designed to help you become a safe, more prepared driver or to help prepare you for the licensing requirements in the state of South Carolina.
Motor vehicle crashes are the No. 1 cause of occupational fatalities and the leading causeof death for ages 2-39 and ages 50-72. Plus, the increasing number of new drivers and vehicles on the road creates a continuing need for defensive driving training across all age groups. While this class typically is taken for point reduction you may be interested in taking it to update your personal defensive driving knowledge.
More about South Carolina's Point Reduction program?
Corporate and Community Education provides the National Safety Council 8-hour Defensive Driving Course which is recognized as a part of South Carolina's point reduction program.
New drivers in South Carolina are required to successfully complete a State-approved driver's education program in order to obtain a South Carolina driver's license. In fact, for many applicants, the driver's education certificate of completion is part of the actual driver's license application.
Who must take Driver's Education?
South Carolina residents under the age of 16 must hold a beginner's permit for a minimum of six months, and also complete a State-approved driver's education program before applying for a conditional license.
South Carolina residents between 16 and 17 must hold a learner's permit for a minimum of 180 days and complete a State-approved driver's education program before applying for a special restricted license.
Where to take Driver's Education Course?
Driver's education courses are offered through both public and private school programs, all of which must be approved by the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. Driving schools, licensed by the Department of Motor Vehicles, cover the same course content.
What's covered in a Driver's Education Course?
While driver's education courses vary from one school to another, all licensed programs must include the following components:
- 8-hour class session, focusing on issues including alcohol safety and drug abuse awareness, defensive driving, signs and signals, basic operating procedures, motorcycle awareness and organ and tissue donation.
- 6-hour behind-the-wheel session
After the successful completion of the driver's education course students are provided a certificate of completion from Tri-County Technical College. However, drivers under the age of 18 must take the SC Department of Motor Vehicle's Certification of School Attendance, Driver's Education and Driving Practice form. The form must be signed by a school official verifying school attendance, driving instructor as well as a parent or legal guardian, who must certify that the student has had at least 40 hours of driving practice, including at least 10 evening or nighttime hours to the DMV Office when you are ready to test. All signatures and dates on this form must be original -- DMV will not accept copies or faxed forms.
For more information, call (864) 646-1700 or toll free 866-269-5677, Ext 1700
(within the 864 area code) or e-mail email@example.com
.For additional class offerings, visit our full course listing and schedule of classes.