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  • Driver Education Behind-the-Wheel (BTW)

    Minors must be enrolled in a behind-the-wheel program before they can take the knowledge test to obtain their instructional permit. Being on a waitlist does not qualify you to receive a blue card. Students must pass their knowledge test and be in possession of their learner's permit prior to their first scheduled driving lesson. Prerequisite: At least 15 years of age and have completed Driver Education Classroom. 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. 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. Lesson Information: Once you have your learner's permit, your instructor will arrange a mutually agreed upon schedule to complete your 6 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction. Lessons with Mickey Bluedorn are two-on-one for six, 2-hour lessons with one hour driving and one hour observing. Lessons with Craig Sturlaugson and Matt Fenno are one-on-one for three, 2-hour lessons. Space is very limited for behind-the-wheel lessons. If you are unable to secure a behind-the-wheel enrollment through Centennial, please look for a full listing of public and private school program locations, as well as licensed driver training school locations in the state of Minnesota, for both phases of the driver education instruction process. Please visit Driver and Vehicle Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. To schedule a knowledge test, go to, and follow the prompts. We have heard that these appointments may schedule out some distance. 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 enrolled for BTW or risk having your permit revoked. 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, there is a $20 fee. If you have been unable to pass the knowledge test, please notify Community Education. 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 $93 fee.
  • Driver Education Classroom (ages 14 1/2 or older)

    The first phase of driver education, 30 hours of in-class 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. AAA Driver Training Program curriculum emphasizing the latest concepts in driver safety. Due to high demand and the need for advanced registrations, any changes once registered will incur a $20 charge per occurrence. Notice must be given at least 5-business days prior to first class. No refunds thereafter. Make-Ups: Participants missing class must wait for the next session to make up missed time. (ie: If you miss day 10, you need to make up day 10 in an upcoming session).
  • Point of Impact (Intended for parents of a new teen driver)

    Newly licensed teen drivers are not necessarily safe drivers. Parents are the first and best source for teaching their children. Safe driving skills are developed over time and a parent’s role continues even after they receive their license. Traffic crashes are the leading killer of Minnesota teens. Inexperience, distractions, risk taking and poor seat belt compliance are the primary factors. Learn the importance of playing a role in developing the safe driving skills of your youth. View a video that presents stories of Minnesota youth and families impacted by crashes. Participation reduces required practice driving time from 50 to 40 hours. The hours are recorded on the newly required driving log that must be submitted prior to taking the driver’s test.