Nebraska Graduated Driver Licensing

School Learner’s Permit (LPE) – An LPE is issued for the purpose of allowing a student to legally practice driving for a School Permit. Individuals applying for an LPE must be eligible for a School Permit and meet all School Permit criteria. Individuals must be at least 14, but younger than 16 years to apply for an LPE. The LPE is valid for three months and may be renewed. LPE holders must be accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old. Applicant must pass the vision and written tests prior to the LPE being issued.

School Permit (SCP) – An SCP can be issued if such person lives a distance of one and one-half miles or more from the school he or she attends and either resides outside a city of 5,000 or more or attends a school outside a city of 5,000 or more. A person holding an SCP may operate a motor vehicle: 1) unsupervised to and from where he or she attends school and between schools of enrollment over the most direct and accessible route by the nearest highway from his or her place of residence to transport such person or any family member who resides with such person to attend duly scheduled courses of instructions and extracurricular or school-related activities at the school he or she attends; or 2) any time when accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old.

Applicants must hold an LPE or LPD for at least two months before they can apply for an SCP. They must also be at least 14 years and two months old, but younger than 16 years and three months of age to be issued an SCP. The SCP expires when the individual is 16 years and three months of age.

Before individuals can apply for a SCP they must do one of the following: 1) complete a DMV approved driver safety course and pass a written and driving test given by the driver safety course instructor, or 2) present to the Driver Licensing Staff a 50 Hour Certification form signed by a parent, guardian or licensed driver who is at least 21 years old. The 50 Hour Certification form must be obtained from the DMV.

The written and drive test may be waived if the applicant presents a Written and Drive Test Waiver form to the Driver’s Licensing Staff. This waiver form will be given to the student by the instructor upon successful completion of the DMV approved driver safety course.

If an individual presents the 50 Hour Certification form and has been isued an LPE or LPD that is valid or expired no more than one year the written test may be waived. They will be required to pass a drive test administered by Driver Licensing Staff before the SCP will be issued.

Learner's Permits (LPD) - Individual may apply and take the written test 60 days prior to their 15th birthday. However, the LPD cannot be issued until the individual turns 15. LPD holders must be accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old. The applicant must pass the vision and written tests prior to the LPD being issued. The written test may be waived for any person who has been issued an LPE, SCP or previous LPD that is valid or has been expired for no more than one year. The LPD is valid for one year and may be renewed.

Provisional Operator's Permit (POP) - Individual may apply and take the tests 60 days prior to their 16th birthday. However, the POP cannot be issued until the individual turns 16, has held an LPE, LPD or SCP for at least six months and has not accumulated three or more points on their driving record during the six month period immediately preceding the POP application date. The POP expires on the applicant's 18th birthday. The POP allows an individual to operate a motor vehicle unsupervised in Nebraska from 6 a.m. - 12 midnight. Individuals may drive unsupervised between 12 midnight and 6 a.m. if they are driving to or from home to work or a school activity. Individuals may drive anytime if they are accompanied by a parent, guardian or licensed driver who is at least 21 years old. During the first six months of the POP, the holder can only operate a motor vehicle with no more than one passenger who is not an immediate family member and who is under nineteen years of age.

Before individuals can apply for a POP they must do one of the following: 1) complete a DMV approved driver safety course and pass a written and driving test given by the driver safety course instructor, or 2) present to the Driver Licensing Staff a 50 Hour Certification form signed by a parent, guardian or licensed driver who is at least 21 years old. The 50 Hour Certification form must be obtained from the DMV and must indicate that at least 10 hours of motor vehicle operation was between sunset and sunrise.

The written and drive tests may be waived if the applicant presents a Written and Drive Test Waiver form to the Driver Licensing Staff. This waiver form will be given to the student by the instructor upon successful completion of the DMV approved driver safety course.

If an individual presents the 50 Hour Certification form the written test may be waived if they have been issued a LPE or LPD that is valid or expired no more than one year. They will be required to pass a drive test administered by a Driver Licensing Staff before the POP will be issued.

If an individual has been issued an SCP, the written and drive tests may be waived and there will be no need for the individual to present a Written and Drive Test Waiver form or a 50 Hour Certification form.

Individuals under the age of 18 years old who have held a POP for at least 12 months and who have not accumulated three or more points on their driving records during the previous 12 month period will be eligible for an operator's license. The written and drive tests may be waived.

If an individual holds a POP and waits until they are 18 years of age to apply for an operator's license, the written and drive tests may be waived by the Driver Licensing Staff.

Any individual under the age of 21 years old who holds a POP or operator's license and who accumulates within any 12 month period a total of six or more points on their driving record will be required to attend and successfully complete a driver improvement course. This course will consist of at least eight hours of instruction. If an individual fails to complete the course within three months after notification by the Department, their POP or operator's license will be suspended.

The Nebraska Safety Center shall offer a DMV approved driver safety course at least once each year in any county where no approved course is offered.

All persons being transported in a motor vehicle operated by a holder of a SCP or POP are required to ride secured in an occupant protection system.

The holder of an LPE, SCP, LPD or POP shall not use any type of interactive wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle. Interactive wireless communication device means any wireless electronic communication between two or more parties, including, but not limited to, a mobile or cellular phone, a text messaging device, a personal digital assistant that sends or receives messages, an audio-video player that sends or receives messages, or a laptop computer.

What is Nebraska Parent Taught Driver Education?

Nebraska Parent taught driver education has become a very popular drivers ed option in the past decade. A state-approved drivers ed course, such as "Help for the Teenager Who Wants to Drive", guides the student and parent throughout the entire course. Teaching your teen to drive is made easy with our Nebraska online drivers education course, designed just for the teenager, as well as the teaching parent. Nebraska students will learn state rules and laws by following the state handbook. When it comes time to begin driving, parents will take the student on the road, while utilizing our guidelines for behind-the-wheel training available at the end of each level.

Nebraska Parent Taught Drivers Education Saves Lives

October 12, 2016  | Christopher J. Klicka

Maybe your son just turned 15. He cannot wait to drive. Although you are not too confident he will be ready to drive anytime soon, you know it is too difficult to delay his driving until he is 18.

Or your daughter is already 16 and you are thinking how wonderful it will be to have her do some errands for you so you can spend less time as the family chauffeur.

Perhaps you heard about a recent major accident where two young drivers were badly injured and one was killed. Apparently, the inexperienced driver became distracted and lost control of the vehicle. These are the types of stories you have heard many times before in the news.

A father in your church bemoans the fact that his daughter recently crashed the family car for the second time. Fortunately, only the car was damaged, and no one was hurt. But his insurance rates are going up and his car is in the shop again.

Deep down you are worried about your children. You know young inexperienced drivers are dangerous. The statistics demonstrate teenagers cause a large portion of accidents.

If children who take public school or commercial driver courses are causing all of these accidents, what can you do differently to better train your children how to drive?

How about doing it yourself? After all, you teach your children in all other subjects. You and your spouse taught them how to walk, talk, read, write, figure, research, be self-disciplined, do hundreds of types of chores, numerous skills, and to know and live by God's absolute moral standards.

Why not teach your children how to drive?

Nebraska Drivers Education: Traditional Programs Are Failing

Although all 50 states have laws regarding drivers education, statistics demonstrate the current methods are not working. More 16-year-old Nebraska drivers are dying in vehicle crashes than ever before, even though the number of traffic deaths has declined among the driving populace in general. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 2006, 6,964 people were killed in crashes involving young drivers ages 16-20, and 3,374 young drivers ages 16-20 were killed in 2005.

Such injuries are by far the leading public health problem for young people 13 19 years old. The crash risk is particularly high during the first years in which teenagers are eligible for driver’s licenses.

The problem is worse in the United States than in many other countries because we allow teenagers to get drivers licenses and cars at an earlier age than in most other countries, and little driving experience is required before these licenses are issued. Licenses are also inexpensive and easy to obtain.

In 2001, I traveled to Germany to help local homeschoolers establish their own German homeschool legal defense organization. I learned that it is very difficult for young people to obtain drivers licenses. Not only must a student be 18 to obtain a license, but it costs over $1,500!

In America, the risk of crash involvement per mile driven among drivers 16-19 years old is four times the risk among older drivers. Risk is highest at ages 16 and 17. In fact, the crash rate per mile driven is almost three times as high among 16-year-olds as it is among 18-19-year-olds.

Crashes involving young people typically are single vehicle crashes that involve driver error and/or speeding, and usually result in the vehicle being run off the road.

A study on driver education conducted by George Mason University in Virginia (cited below) sheds light on the reasons why teenagers are susceptible to driving mishaps:

Teens, on their part, view driving as a right rather than a privilege. Overwhelmingly, study participants cited teen drivers’ inexperience as well as their feeling of invincibility and willingness to take risks as contributing factors in unsafe driving behaviors. Participants also noted that teen drivers are easily distracted and lack the skills and judgment necessary to recover from unexpected incidents.

Nebraska Certified drivers education Does Not Ensure Results

Many states require drivers education to be administered through the local public school or a “state certified” commercial driving school. Shouldn’t parents have the choice to teach their children how to drive safely? After all, it is parents who are responsible for the well-being and safety of their children.

The Solution: Nebraska Parent Taught Drivers Education

Parental involvement is the answer. I am convinced the best way to be involved in your teenager’s driving instruction is to do it yourself!

I have talked to thousands of parents who despaired over the academic decline in the public schools. They turned to homeschooling to prevent their child from becoming a statistic of academic failure. They often told me, “We can do a better job of teaching our children than the schools.” And they did! All the statistics show homeschooling students all over the country continue to excel academically. Why do homeschool children on the average score higher than the national average on national achievement tests? Because parents teach them one on one, know their strengths and weaknesses best, love them more, and are willing to sacrifice what it takes to provide them a good education.

Teaching our own children how to drive is merely an extension of this philosophy. It is an opportunity to apply the same principles involved in successful homeschooling. But you can add one important ingredient and incentive: in drivers education, your children’s lives are at stake.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety believes that parent taught driver education is a reasonable alternative for families in lieu of state-licensed drivers education programs. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted a study in 1985 of 52,304 public high school licensed and unlicensed students from 75 schools in seven different states. They found that, “the most important teaching sources were fathers, mothers and school courses.” Sixty-six percent of the high school drivers reported their fathers contributed some or a lot and 56% reported similar contributions from their mothers.

As of September 2006, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Status Report advised Americans that traditional driver education does not provide the intended benefits of producing a safer driver. This report suggests that the way to lower crash potential is to gradually release young drivers as they demonstrate maturity and skill, while simultaneously using parents to train and monitor them during this process. Therefore, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recommends that new drivers be trained through what they call Graduated Driver Licensing’a systematic process that controls progression to unrestricted driving. The new driver initially receives a restricted license and graduates to an unrestricted license through time and increased experience. Graduated licensing laws have been adopted in 47 states and usually include such restrictions as curfews, limits on the number of teen passengers, requirements involving parental supervision, and zero tolerance for teen alcohol use.

Parent taught driver education programs like the National Driver Training Institute (NDTI) of Colorado Springs take the process a step further by initiating the controlled progression during the driver education process through an entirely parent taught program. Rather than relying on the state to oversee the young driver’s progress, the parents assess the teen’s maturity, attitude, and experience to determine the conditions under which he may drive. Many of the largest insurance companies across the country have recognized NDTI’s parent taught driver education program, “Help for the Teenager Who Wants to Drive,” as an approved program. Many states have formally approved or certified the program.

In October 2000, the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs conducted a research project on the effectiveness of parent taught driver training. The survey population consisted of teens that had completed the National Driver Training Institute’s parent taught driver education program.

The statistics showed that Nebraska parent taught driver education saves lives!

For example, according to insurance company statistics, out of every 100 teen drivers:

  • 37 will be ticketed for speeding,
  • 28 will be involved in accidents,
  • 13 will be injured in an automobile accident,
  • 4 will be ticketed for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and
  • 1 will be killed in an automobile accident.

On the other hand, according to the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs survey, for every 100 students using NDTI’s parent taught driver education program:

  • 8 were ticketed for speeding,
  • 8 were involved in accidents,
  • 6 were injured in automobile accidents,
  • 1 was ticketed for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and
  • there were no fatalities.

In the 1940s and 50s, parents were the primary teachers of their own children in drivers education programs. Later in the 1960s and 70s, the focus shifted to school taught drivers education. This shift was made in the hopes of assisting teenagers in driving tests and in gaining important driving skills. However, the statistics clearly demonstrate that this has not improved teenage driving safety.

A study of issues affecting young drivers, released in December 2000 by George Mason University’s Center for Advancement of Public Health and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, identified parental involvement as the most important factor in teaching teens safe driving behaviors. The study, which is entitled Young Drivers: A Study of Policies and Practices, used data gathered through interviews with state and national experts as well as focus groups held with parents, teens, and driver education instructors. The study reports that teens develop driving habits based on their parents as role models.

However, the study notes that in teaching teens to drive, parents often rely on the information and techniques with which they are familiar and unknowingly pass on outdated and sometimes erroneous information. While driver education provides a comprehensive overview for first time drivers, the curriculum is most effective when parents get involved in behind the wheel practice sessions with young drivers. Parents are often unaware that young drivers need far more practical experience behind the wheel than the drivers education curriculum is able to provide. (The study is available on the George Mason University website or may be requested by calling 703- 993 3697.)

How Do Nebraska Parent Taught Driver Education Courses Work?

The above reports show that an added benefit of parent taught drivers education is that, in addition to teaching their children to drive, parents themselves complete an 80-hour brush-up course! Parents who have signed affidavits of completion for their students have stated often that they have learned much from teaching their children how to drive and that their driving skills been enhanced as well.

Some programs simply send you a curriculum, videos, and tapes providing systematic parent parent taughttaught driver education.

Others require the student and parents to track their progress and accomplishments through each lesson. The NDTI program, for example, consists of seven levels. Each level has two parts. Part one is always classroom and part two is always behind the wheel. This is a concurrent program and the student must complete both classroom and the behind the wheel at each level with at least a 90% score before proceeding to the next level. Both the student and the parent must sign off at each level before being allowed by NDTI to graduate to the next level. Each student and parent has access to a 10-hour per day technical support team. Once the student has completed NDTI’s program and the technical support team has reviewed and approved all classroom and behind the wheel lessons, NDTI issues a completion certificate to be used with insurance companies to often obtain driver education discounts.

When considering parent taught driver education programs always consider the thoroughness of the program, whether it is recognized in your state (if necessary), and whether your insurance company will give you a drivers education discount. The most important factor, of course, is the safety of your children on the road behind the steering wheel.

The Need For Legislation Allowing Nebraska Parent-Directed Driver’s Training

In May of 1997 the state law in Texas was amended to allow for parent-taught drivers education programs. This change in state law put parents in the center of the training process. In early January of 1998, the Texas Board of Insurance reviewed this process and recommended its inclusion in the same category of training discounts as traditional methods. An insurance discount on premiums will encourage parents to seek this form of training, while reducing loss on the part of the insurance industry when they insure these more thoroughly trained, safer drivers.

Additionally, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Virginia have passed similar legislation recognizing the ability of parents to provide their students’ drivers education. The Departments of Motor Vehicles or Departments of Education in several other states have approved various parent taught driver education programs. The following states have specifically approved NDTI’s parent-taught drivers education course: Colorado, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Virginia.

Many more states do not require any specific requirements for driver education, leaving parents free to choose between commercial driver education schools, public schools, or parent-taught driver education courses. As of October 2006, these states are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Information sources at the end of this article can be checked to find out the laws in your state.

Regarding public school driver education programs, homeschoolers sometimes have difficulty accessing these classes and they do not include much parental involvement. However, driver education classes through the public school or commercial schools could always be supplemented by parent-taught driver education programs to ensure your child becomes the best and safest driver he or she can be. Our children’s lives are precious.

As Senior Counsel at the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), I direct our legislative and legal contact work in all 50 states. In addition to defending homeschoolers being investigated by social workers and truant officers and working on home school and parents’ right and religious freedom legislation, we work to help expand parental choice in the area of parent taught driver education.

We urge you to be prepared to help pass parent taught driver education in your state or help preserve it if it has already been enacted. HSLDA believes that there are several reasons why the state legislatures should pass a parent directed driver’s training act:

  1. It encourages parents to participate with the child in learning and to take more responsibility for the outcome. A parent typically has the greatest interest in the safety and well being of the child.
  2. From the research we reviewed, there appears to be no statistical evidence in support of the claim that certified state mandated programs reduce crash rates. Parents with a good curriculum can provide a graduated form of instruction allowing for more time behind the wheel.
  3. Allowing parents to teach their own children to drive provides them an alternative to public and commercial driving schools. It is cost-effective, convenient, and allows for a more gradual approach to learning new skills.
  4. If certified instruction has no statistical effect on safety, what compelling interest does the government have in mandating it? Such mandates conflict with the fundamental right of parents to direct the education of their children.
  5. The reason for the effectiveness of parent taught driver education is the same as the reason for the effectiveness of home education in general. Both utilize the tutorial method with a low student teacher ratio and individualized instruction aimed at mastery. Furthermore, parents do not want their children to harm themselves or cause accidents. Since parents care the most about their children and have the most to lose in the form of higher insurance rates and repairs to vehicles, parents take the time to teach their children well.

What are you waiting for? Let’s personally help our teenagers learn how to drive and as a result, maybe save their lives.

Online Video Library

Upon enrollment, the student will have access to over 7 hours of high quality video content at the click of the button. All videos are also available on our Video Library DVD featured below. The online program is easy to follow, and provides over 100 video clips throughout the course to guide the new driver along the way. A high speed internet access is required.

What is Graduated Driver Licensing?

Essentially an apprentice system, graduated licensing involves three stages. the first is a supervised learner's period, lasting a minimum of 6 months in optimal systems, then an intermediate licensing phase that permits unsupervised driving only in less risky situations, and finally a full-privilege license becomes available when conditions of the first two stages have been met.

Within this framework, substantial variation is possible in terms of the provisions of the stages and their duration. This variation often has created difficulty for jurisdictions that are constructing a graduated system. Policymakers need to know what features their system should include and what the characteristics should be.

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The National Driver Training Institute’s foundational curriculum combines the at-home or in-class study with hands-on activities, engaging all parts of the mind while testing the student’s grasp of the lesson. Not only does this make concepts easier to learn and remember, it’s fun.

There are seven levels to the curriculum, providing over 30 hours of accreditation. Each lesson concludes with a written examination (which can be taken repeatedly if necessary to achieve the desired score).