The process of getting your license or your learner’s permit can seem complicated and intimidating, so let’s break it down step by step!
1. Enroll online.
The first thing you will do to get started with our driver’s ed program is register online. You can see all of our available class dates on the home page of our website; click one that works for you and it will take you to the registration page. Then, fill out all of the information and click submit.
2. Pay a deposit or the full amount.
The next step is going to be payment. Once you click submit, you will be taken to a payment page where you can either pay in full, or pay a $25 deposit to hold your spot. If you only pay the $25 deposit, the remaining balance can be paid through a link that is sent to your email after registration, or you can pay with a check or cash by bringing that to the office before your scheduled class date.
3. Finish registration.
Next, check your email! After you register, you will get an email containing links that direct you to the next 2 steps to finish your enrollment. The first link is going to be the student informational sheet. This information is going to be what is put onto your permit or your license. Fill this out and then click save. The second link is going to take you to our secure dropbox where you will need to upload photos or scans of your documents. You will need to submit your social security card, birth certificate or unexpired passport, and 2 proofs of address. (If the student is under 18 these proofs of address can be in a parent or guardian name.) Submitting these documents is a Kansas state requirment, but feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions!
4. Time for class!
Class will start at 8am, so you will need to arrive betwen 7:45 and 7:50am. If you are under 18, a parent or guardian will need to come inside with you to sign the parent form/contract. Also during class, you will take an eye test, and sign some paperwork. We will have donuts in the morning for breakfast and pizza will be provided for lunch. Students are welcome to bring their own lunch if they have allergies or if they do not like pizza. We will also have a snack in the afternoon.
5. Test prep!
During class, you will learn all of the matierial for the written test. We start the day with “Kahoot,” then instructors will show a series of videos with lectures, you will break into small groups for a group worksheet and discussion, play some games, do some big group activities, go outside and look at our driver’s ed vehicle (weather permitting), do a scavenger hunt and then end the day with “Kahoot” again.
6. Take the written test.
The written test is 50 questions and it is all multiple choice. There is no time limit on the test, but it typically takes 30-40 minutes to complete. Once you finish, the instructors grade it right away so you will know your results before you leave. You must score an 80% or higher to pass, which means you can miss up to 10 questions. If you do not pass in class, we can set up an appointment time for you to retake it. You will get up to 4 tries to take it again, at no additional cost. Once you do pass the test, we will give you a temporary learner’s permit. With the temporary learner’s permit, you can start to practice driving as long as there is an adult in the car who is 21 or older with a valid license.
7. Practice, practice, practice!
After class, there will be a brief wait time before you start your driving assessment, so use this time to practice as much as you can! The more familiar and comfortable you are behind the wheel, the smoother your driving assessment is going to go. A good place to start practicing is a big empty parking lot, or around small neighborhood streets that don’t have a lot of traffic.
8. Driving Assessment.
The driving assessment is a hands on, one-on-one learning experience with you and the instructor. It is 6-hours total, but we typically break that up into 3 sessions, 2 hours at a time. As soon as we can get you assigned to a driving instructor, you will be notified through a text message, and then that instructor will reach out to you personally to schedule those drives. The instructors are very flexible and will work around anything you may be involved in for those drives. They can do weekdays, week nights, and even weekends. We do provide the vehicle for your assessment. We use Toyota Corollas that are all state approved with a second brake and rearview mirror on the passenger side. The instructor will start small, taking you to a small neighborhood, or maybe to a parking lot to practice parking. Then they will work you up to busier streets to practice lane changes, checking your blind spot and then eventually get you up on the highway.
9. Certificate of Completion.
Once you finish all 6 hours of driving with our instructor and check off everything on your driving assessment, the instructor will present you with the Certificate of Completion! You have successfully passed driver’s ed! Check out our other blog posts to find out what to do next with your certificate of completion.