Question of the Day (Update): What percent of high school seniors have a driver's license?

Oct 21, 2020
Question of the Day, Budgeting

Answer: 71%

Behind the Numbers (Wired Magazine)
71% of high school seniors have a driver’s license—the lowest percentage in decades.
15% of teens cite being able to communicate online as a reason for not getting a license before 18.
36% say the main reason they’re not learning how to drive is its “overall cost.” State subsidies for high school driver’s ed classes are declining nationwide. Private driving courses average $350.



  • Do you have a driver’s license? Why or why not?
  • Why do you think fewer high school seniors are getting driver’s licenses?
  • What do you think this number will be in ten years? Explain your answer.
  • If teenagers are not getting their driver's license in high school, what age do you think will get one?


Have students learn more about life as a rideshare driver (an alternative to teens driving themselves) through The Uber Game.


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Mason Butts

After graduating from UCLA with a Master's in Education, Mason spent 5 years as a science educator in a South Los Angeles public high school. He is committed to supporting the holistic growth of all students and empowering them to live a life of relational, academic, and financial success. Now settled in the Bay Area, Mason enjoys facilitating professional developments and partnering with educators as they prepare students for a bright financial future. When Mason is not building curriculum or planning a training, he can be found cycling, trying new foods, and exploring the outdoors.