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  • Driver Education Behind-the-Wheel (BTW)

    Prerequisite: Completed 30 hours of classroom instruction. Minors must be enrolled in a behind-the-wheel program before they can take the knowledge test to obtain their permit. As long as a student is enrolled in a classroom session, they can also enroll for BTW. Doing so allows the student who is at least 15 to take their knowledge test as soon as they complete classroom. Students must pass their knowledge test and be in possession of their learner's permit prior to their first scheduled driving lesson. The second phase of driver education consists of 6 hours hands-on, behind-the-wheel instruction. Licensed staff will guide students through proper driving techniques and skills including right and left turns, 90-degree backing, parallel parking, traffic lights and stop signs, lane changes, one-way, right of way, emergency stop, and much more. Lessons with Craig Sturlaugson and Matt Fenno are one-on-one for three lessons at 2 hours each in length. Lessons with Mickey Bluedorn are two-on-one with one hour driving and one hour observing for 6 lessons. Most lessons during the summer season are for specific driving dates and times. Please be sure all dates listed in your chosen session are available for you to drive before booking. The exception being for sessions M, N and P where the entire month of August is listed. This means the instructor will contact you directly to schedule six hours of instruction to be completed during the month of August. Space is limited. Taking the knowledge test at a center: To schedule an appointment, go to drive.mn.gov, and follow the prompts. We have heard that these appointments may schedule out some distance. Home proctoring of knowledge test: Currently there is an allowance from the state to proctor the knowledge test at home. Upon successful completion of your test, you will need to visit a licensing center with appropriate documentation (including your blue card) to apply for your learner's permit. DMV License Center Locations Either option requires you to bring the correct documentation to your appointment and don't forget to pre-apply for your learner's permit to save time at the DMV office. There are no refunds or cancellations allowed due to the restrictions imposed by Minnesota Law. Once registered for BTW and in possession of your blue card, you must remain in an active BTW session. Changes to enrollment are very difficult as this program fills quickly leaving little to no room for rescheduling. If we are able to make a change, it will involve a $20 fee. If you have been unable to pass the knowledge test, you must contact Community Education or your driving instructor immediately to avoid a penalty. Student must have their permit with them for each driving session. If you forget your permit you cannot drive, that counts as a no show resulting in an $82 fee.
  • Driver Education Classroom (Online) - Ages 14 1/2 and older

    The first phase of driver education, 30 hours of classroom instruction prepares students for the knowledge (permit) test. Students will increase their understanding of basic skills, principles, and processes of responsible driving. Areas of concentration include driver’s rights and responsibilities, alcohol and other drugs, signs-signals-road markings, rules of the road, safe driving tips, Minnesota traffic laws, and limitations for teen drivers. The AAA Driver Training Program curriculum emphasizing the latest concepts in driver safety. For the virtual classroom series, you must attend by logging in to the live broadcast at class time each day on a device that has the ability to be seen as well as heard for the entire class time. Please provide participant's email address during the registration process to send the meeting invite. This email needs to be accessible from the device being used. Participants missing class must wait for the next session to make up missed time.