Novice Teen Driver Education and Training Administrative Standards

The 2017 revised Novice Teen Driver Education and Training Administrative Standards (NTDETAS) represent the best efforts of professionals from a wide spectrum of interests to provide guidance that will enhance both the uniformity and professionalism of driver education across the Nation. The NTDETAS serve to guide all novice teen driver education and training programs in States striving to provide quality, consistent driver education and training.

These standards were created to serve as an anchor for State policies on driver education and training with the following understandings:

The revised NTDETAS provide standards within five (5) key areas with new standards incorporated:

Section 1. Program Administration

Section 2. Education / Training

Section 3. Instructor Qualifications

Section 4. Coordination with Driver Licensing
Section 5. Parent/Guardian Involvement

These administrative standards complete a set of three (3) guidance documents that will assist States in planning and implementing effective driver education systems. Together with the model curriculum developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association (ADTSEA) revised 2012, and the National Model Curriculum Standards revised in 2017, these new administrative standards provide a comprehensive framework for State driver education systems. The framework follows a professional education approach, allowing flexibility for local conditions and efficiency for periodic technical updates, while promoting consistency and quality assurance across programs and among States.

These 2017 revised standards include classroom, behind-the-wheel delivery standards, and online delivery standards as well as updated instructor qualifications, the stages for an instructor preparation program and model instructor training materials.