This school year, many students from Southwest Career and Technical Academy are starting to drive to and from school.  Most of these students are sophomores that have their permit and juniors that have their license.

“I got my permit over the summer, the test was really easy” said sophomore Nae Meng Chen.

Teenagers are eligible to earn their permit at the age of 15 ½.   The tests that individuals must take are a vision test and a written test.  Fees for an instructional permit include a $22 licensing fee and a $25 testing fee.

“The line to the DMV was so long.  It took forever to start my test for my license,” said junior Andrew Meng.

If the individual is over 16 years of age, they must take the drivers education course to be able to receive their license.  If they are over 18, then they do not need to take the course.  Another requirement to receive a license is that they must have proof of their identity and an instructional permit.

“The parking permits are ugly.  I wish they would make it white instead of orange,” said junior Nate Dabu.

At the SWCTA, students who drive to school must have a parking permit.  These parking permits help identify which cars are students and which cars are visitors.  Students that drive must fill out a form to receive them for their car.

“Driving is nerve-racking at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’ll become second nature to you,” said sophomore Brianna Yee.