The D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is waiving its driver education requirement for first-time drivers until further notice, officials said Thursday.
In 2014, the DMV drafted a proposal to require new drivers of all ages to pass a driver's ed course to be eligible to take the driver's test, including 30 hours of classroom instruction and eight hours behind the wheel.
The new rule would have gone into effect May 1 -- but the agency has now dismissed the proposed regulation after considering the impact such requirements would have on residents.
D.C. schools used to offer driver education, but stopped in 2009. Some families were concerned about the high cost of commercial driver's ed courses, as some classes could cost more than $1,000.
New drivers are still required to present a valid D.C. learner's permit before they can obtain a license.
For more information about the D.C. DMV requirements, go here.