Who may enroll in your teen driver education course?
Any teenager who turns 15 yoa before the end of the classroom session may enroll.
What size class can I expect?
The Illinois Secretary of State limits our class size to 35 students. Due to the high quality of instructors with their vast knowledge in traffic safety, and our local special guest speakers we anticipate that we will fill up our classes very quickly.
Must I start on the first day of class?
It is recommended, plus you don't want to miss a single day in our dynamic classes. However, you can enroll up to and including the third day of class. Any missed classes must be made up.
What will I need to bring to class?
A notebook for notes, an open mind, good attitude for learning and final payment for the course your enrolled in. Drive Home Safe will provide all other materials, i.e. pencils, some paper, and books.
When can I obtain my instruction permit?
Students must attend four hours of classroom instruction before getting a permit. Therefore, on the third day of class you will be given an instruction permit application. With this application, you can visit the Secretary of State to take the written exam and get your instruction permit.
How many classes can I miss?
The Secretary of State allows four (4) absences before students are automatically dropped from the course. All absences must be made up so that each student receives 30 hours of classroom instruction.
How are missed classes made up?
Absences may be made up by doing homework and attending a class from the next session. It is required that students attend the class missed.
What kind of car will I be driving?
We drive the New 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 Kia Soul's, the safest crossover midsize vehicle on the market today. Its has an automatic transmission, bucket seats. For your safety they are equipped with four wheel ABS brakes.
How are Behind - The - Wheel (BTW) lessons scheduled?
BTW lessons are scheduled at the student's convenience daily either weekdays or on weekends. We will work around all extra curricular activities, e.g., sports, dance, etc.
Silver Star students will be picked up and dropped off at the Driving School. Gold & Platinum Star students will have the option to be picked up at home based on our surrounding area. DUE TO COVID-19, CURRENTLY, ALL BTWS WILL BE PICKUP AND DROP OFF AT THE DRIVING SCHOOL ONLY. ALL OTHER PICKUP LOCATIONS ARE SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME. SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE THIS CAUSES.
We highly recommend that each student spends enough time in the car with a parent to become comfortable with the vehicles controls IE the steering wheel, accelerator and brakes before signing up for their first BTW session with an instructor. We want to utilize every hour we have with your student to teach them the proper safe driving techniques. If we have to spend an hour or two trying to make your student feel comfortable in the car, they are missing valuable time learning the safe driving techniques we all want them to learn. If you absolutely want us to do the prep training along with the BTW training we will be happy to accommodate your students needs. You should however, be prepared to add additional BTW time their package.
Students may schedule BTW lessons online by clicking the Schedule Driving' sign on our home page. If the student must cancel their BTW lesson, it MUST be done online via the student portal at least 24 hours before the drive. If the drive is cancelled within the 24 hours, a $50 late cancellation fee will be applied to the students account. If the student is sick, a doctors note MUST be provided for the date of the BTW lesson in order for the late cancellation fee to be waived. ***COVID-19 cancellation policy: If the student cancels their BTW within 24 hours, they will not be able to schedule another drive for a MINIMUM of 10 days after the cancellation.***
What is the "blue slip"?
The "blue Slip" is a letter from the Secretary of State showing that you have successfully passed Drivers Education. Prior to December 2000, this "Proof of Completion"was printed on blue paper with blue ink. This letter is still referred as the "blue slip". You must show this "blue slip" letter to the Drivers License Examiner in order to take your road test and obtain your license.
How long does it take to receive the "blue slip" once class is completed?
It typically takes about two weeks after classroom and Behind -The-Wheel Requirements are met to receive the "blue slip", but allow extra time during the summer months.
What if I lose the "blue slip"?
Although the "blue slip" is a computer generated letter that is sent once a student's information is entered into the computer, the Secretary of State often check to see if a student's name is in their computer because so many students show up without this letter. Therefore, if you lose your "blue slip", you will need to inform the person you talk with at the Secretary of States Office about the lost "blue slip" letter before going into their office.
If I took Drivers Education in another state, do I need to retake it for Illinois?
The Illinois Secretary of State recognizes the Driver Education curriculum in some states, but not in all states. Check with the Illinois Secretary of States Office.
Is it legal to drive in other states with an Illinois learner's permit?
You will need to contact the Secretary of State or Department of Motor Vehicles for the state in question. Some states recognize an Illinois learner's permit, while others do not.
Will the legal driving age in Illinois be raised to 18?
The legal driving age in Illinois will not be raised to 18 yoa in the foreseeable future. House Bill 4768, which allows drivers age 16 to obtain an Illinois driver's license, but increases the additional practice with a parent, legal guardian, or responsible adult from 25 to 50 hours with at least 10 hours of night driving.
Can I lose my driving privilege for truancy?
YES, House Bill 1463, which requires minors to maintain school attendance in order to keep their driver's license or learner's permit. The Secretary of State may refuse to issue or renew the graduated license or learner's permit of a minor who does not maintain school attendance, or who has been certified as a "chronic and habitual truant" is defined as a child subject to compulsory school attendance who is absent without "valid cause" includes illness, death in the family. HB 1463 is effective July 1, 2007.
Why is the registration fee non-refundable?
Drive Home Safe Driving School can enroll 35 students per class and does not want to turn away students who are looking to enroll when space is available. It can be difficult for a student who has been informed the class is full to find another class that meets his or her schedule; it can be difficult for Drive Home Safe to fill the opening due to a late cancellation. A non-refundable registration fee reduces the number of late cancellations by requiring a greater commitment to a specific class prior to registering.