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How to Become a Driving Instructor In South Carolina

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Each year a new group of young drivers enter South Carolina's roadways. At the age of 15, these new drivers have permission to operate an automobile with a beginner's permit. Teaching drivers both old and young are driving instructors, trained individuals who have an interest in the rules of the road and passing their knowledge on to new drivers. Competent driving instructors must have thorough understanding of the state's road rules and how to properly operate a vehicle.


Sign up for the 40-hour instructor's course, which is available at one of two locations: Coastal Carolina University in Conway, or Erskine College in Due West.

Complete the course in good standing. A minimum of 34 hours of formal classroom instruction as well as a minimum of six behind-the-wheel training hours is required. A written test will also be administered.

Submit the certification of completion to the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles.


Possess a valid driver's license in the class of vehicle that you wish to instruct. You cannot have had a moving violation or suspended license within the past three years, and you must have at least five years of driving experience.

Show proof of insurance for the vehicle that you wish to use during instruction. The car must be brought in to the Department of Motor Vehicles for a full inspection to make sure that it passes state regulations for driving school.

Provide proof of permanent residence in the state of South Carolina.


Molly Park has been writing professionally since 2009. Her work has been published on and other websites. She holds a Bachelor of Science in political science and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the College of Charleston in South Carolina. Park is also a certified yoga teacher.

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