Parents' Corner

Is the behind-the-wheel course required for home-schooled students?

If you are an approved home schooler, driver education can be taught at home. The student must currently be enrolled in a home-schooled program approved by your school division superintendent.

Is the 45 hours of guided practice required?

Yes, Virginia DMV and Department of Education requires license applicants under age 18 to complete these hours before a driver's license can be issued.

Parents must sign and provide their contact information & DMV Customer Number on the student's license paperwork certifying that the teen has completed the required hours of guided practice. Falsifying information to obtain a driver's license is illegal. Anyone who certifies to a false statement may be prosecuted. DMV will not issue, for a period of one year, a driver's license when a person has made a willful material false statement on any application for a driver's license. 

Does your school have qualifications to instruct students with learning/physical disabilities?

We recommend the student discuss their individual needs with the instructor or manager. We appreciate advance notice in these situations so that we may work together to make the experience a success.

Please note we do not have the state curriculum or instructors qualified for those under medical review or who have significant learning/physical disabilities. If we determine that we are not qualified to instruct the student, we will refer them to the Driver Evaluation Information & Centers in Virginia document. This document can be found below in the Downloads section. 

Can parents sit in for the driver education course and the behind-the-wheel course?

Parents are welcome to sit in a classroom session, if space permits. Parents are not permitted to sit in for the behind-the-wheel course since the course requires for students to observe each other during driving sessions.

However, parents are permitted to ride along during individual (one-on-one) driving lessons. Please make prior arrangements with the instructor. Parents must follow all directions and cannot talk during the lesson unless specifically asked by the instructor. If the instructor finds the parent to be a distraction, they can ask the parent to remove themselves from the lesson.

What Additional Fees Should We Know About?

There will be a $30 fee for all no-show/missed appointments or appointments canceled without 24 hours prior notice, as well as, appointments canceled because the student did not have their learner's permit at the time of pick up or was wearing incorrect footwear.

There will be a $35 fee for any retest appointments for the road test. The first road test is included as part of the course.