Driver's Education Information
- Class is held during the 1st quarter of the school year and the 3rd quarter of the school year.
- Behind the Wheel instruction is scheduled during the student's PE, study hall, after school or during the summer. Students meet the teacher in front of the gym doors if during the school day and by the driver education vans if after school or during the summer.
Driver's Education Frequently Asked Questions
When will students be enrolled in Driver Education classroom?
Students are typically enrolled in Driver Education during the semester of their 15th birthday.
How many hours of Driver Education do students need?
The state requires students to receive a minimum of 30 clock hours of classroom instruction and a minimum of six clock hours of behind the wheel instruction. Behind the wheel instruction must be taught by a certified Driver Education instructor.
What are the eligiblity requirments in order to take Driver Education?
Each student must be enrolled in high school and must have recieved a passing grade in at least eight courses during the previous two semesters. The semester of the driver educaiton course does not count. If the student is a freshman, the school district may count passing grades for the last semester to the students eighth grade school year.
How does a student Recieve his or her instructional permit?
Students will take the written and vision test requried to obtain their instructional permit during the classroom Driver Education phase. There is a $20 dollar application fee for the instructional permit. Checks are made out to the Secretary of State's Office. This fee will cover the instructional permit and their first driver's license. Mr. Fleener or Mr. Logue will give the student his or her permit as close to the students birthday as possible. Please note that the DMV is closed on Mondays and that the teachers take a stack up at a time, not individual permits. If your son or daughter has not recieved their permit two weeks after their birthday please let us know.
How long must a student have their permit before recieving their license?
Students must obtain their instructional permit for a minimum of 9 months before they are eligible to apply for their driver's license.
How do students sign-up for Behind the Wheel Instruction?
Students are automatically signed up for Behind the Wheel Instruction once they complete all the requirments for Driver Education class. Students will drive either during PE, study hall, after school or during the summer. The order that students will drive in each hour is based on birthdate. Please note this means a younger kid in 3rd hour could drive before an older kid in 4th hour because they are the oldest for that hour. Younger students may drive after school before an older kid if they will not be driven during the day, keeping in mind the older student will be driven in class before their 16th birthday.
As part of the licensing process, are teens required to drive a certain amount of hours with an adult before they are allowed to recieve their license?
Yes. The state requires that a student under 18 years of age complete 50 hours of practice driving, this includes 10 hours of nighttime driving. The law requires a parent or legal guardian to provide written consent at the time of application for the students driver's license verifying these hours were met. The student must drive with a responsible person 21 years or older that holds a valid drivers license.
How do I check to see if my student's high school has submitted his/her completion of Driver Education and the information has been approved by the Secretary of State's office?
Go to the ISBE Home Page at www.isbe.net.
Under the column "Parents/Students", Click on "A-Z Index."
On the alphabet bar, click on "D" (for Driver Education).
Click on "Driver Education Student License Inquiry."
The Student's permit number should be typed in the space available. If the completion information has been submitted by the student's high school and uploaded to the Secretary of State's Office (without errors), the screen will indicate that the student is approved to get his or her license. Please remember that this only indicates if the completion information has been submitted and approved. The student still has to hold his or her permit for the required time. Please check this at least a week prior to your son or daughter getting their license.
What will I need to bring with me when I go to get my driver's license?
- 50 hour log sheet signed
- Instructional Permit
- Birth Certificate
- Social Security Card
- Parent Consent Form
- Two forms of proof of residency (Mail, high school transcript)
- Behind the Wheel Test Form (If you were given one at the end of BTW)
Driver Education Teachers
Mr. Fleener and Mr. Logue
540-1137 ext 1284
540-1137 ext 1206