COVID response measures and an ongoing shortage of driver’s education instructors, students and families are creating hardships for families seeking to enroll their students in a driver’s education program. There are an estimated 22,000 students waiting to enroll so they can obtain their learner’s permit.
To alleviate this hardship and help young Montanans start learning to drive safely, Attorney General Austin Knudsen has instructed MVD to provide temporary relief in obtaining a temporary learner’s permit. Under the new guidance, students can start the licensing process at 15 years of age through self-study and behind-the-wheel practice with a parent or responsible adult. These temporary changes are in accordance with Montana Code (61-5-105(b)).