Students & Families
Driver Education provides the fundamentals and foundation towards a life-long skill improving the safety of young drivers and the public.
For next steps, information, and/or how to register for a Driver Education Program in your area, select from the accordions below. If you do not see the information you are looking for, check out the FAQ tab at the bottom of the page.
- Anyone between the ages of 14½ - 21 years of age is eligible to enroll in a public driver education program.
- In Idaho, Driver Education is required for anyone under the age of 17 who is pursuing their Driver’s License. The requirements for driver education consist of:
- 30 hours of classroom instruction with a licensed driver education instructor
- 6 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction with a licensed driver education instructor
- 6 hours of observation in a driver education vehicle
- 6 months of supervised instruction period with an adult driving a total of 40 during the daytime and 10 hours during the nighttime
We encourage all students, even if they are older, to participate in a driver education program to learn the fundamental skills of being a safe, responsible driver. Students 17 or older are not required to participate in a driver education program. Here are a few options:
- Purchase a Driver Training Permit and enroll in a driver education course. The student will learn driving concepts, signs, and theories while applying it with a certified driver education instructor. Students older than 18 cannot purchase a Driver Training Permit.
- Pass a written knowledge test at their local DMV and purchase an Idaho Instruction Permit. This allows students who are not ready for a Driver’s License to have additional practice time with an adult.
- If a student is ready for their Driver’s License, they will need to schedule a Skills Test from a third-party examiner. Find a Skills Test Examiner by visiting Idaho Transportation Department’s webpage. The student will also need to take their Written Knowledge Test at the DMV. Depending on the student’s location, check with the local DMV if an appointment is required.
In Idaho, there are two types of driver education programs:
- Public Driver Education Programs
Public Driver Education Programs are run through Idaho’s local public-school districts and charter schools, typically located at high schools. Not all school districts/charters offer a driver education program. Typically, this is a more affordable option for families to pursue. Student fees vary from different programs.
- Private Driver Education Programs
Private Driver Education Programs are located throughout the state. These driver education programs are provided by private driving businesses. The driving businesses are overseen by the Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses. Student fees vary upon each business.
- Public Driver Education Programs
Contact a local high school, district, or charter school to see if they have a program available and their registration process.
- Public Driver Education Programs - list of active public driver education programs, locations, and contact information
- Private Driver Education Programs
Use the Search function via an internet browser to search for private programs near you or use the Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses. Tip: Under the Profession dropdown, select Driving Businesses, then select Start Search located at the bottom. This will provide a list of all the private companies in Idaho. You can filter your results by town/city. Contact the program directly to learn about their registration process.
1. Choose a program to enroll in either a public or private driver education program.
Why find a program before purchasing a permit? There is a very specific reason why we recommend identifying a program of choice first; students do not receive their Driver Training Permit initially. Their permit is mailed to their driver education program of choice. Upon passing and completing the course, the student will receive the permit for their 6-month supervised instruction period.
2. Purchase the driver training permit at your local DMV. A permit must be purchased before a student participates in any instruction.
3. Students complete and pass a driver education course (80% or higher).
4. For students under the age of 17, it is required students complete a 6-month supervised instruction period with an adult. During this phase, the student drives a total of 40 daytime hours and 10 nighttime hours. Tip: Download the Parent Supervising Driving Booklet or use a mobile app to track your drive time.
5. After the 6-month supervised instruction period, students will need to take the Written Knowledge Test at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Depending on the student’s location in Idaho, a student might need to schedule to take the written test (check with the local DMV).
6. After passing the Written Knowledge Test, it is time to schedule a Skills Test from a third-party examiner. Find a Skills Test Examiner by visiting Idaho Transportation Department’s webpage. Tip: Scroll down to Skills Tests accordion. Skills tests are only scheduled during daylight hours and during acceptable weather conditions.
Note: Only for drivers under the age of 18
- Certified Original Birth Certificate
- Photo ID – This can be in the form of the student’s yearbook, school ID, US Passport, etc.
- Social Security Card or Number for Verification
- Proof of Idaho Residency
- Acceptable Lawful Presence Documents (if applicable)
- Visual/Medical Certification (if applicable)
- Driver Training Completion (if applicable)
- Liability Signer (if under 18 years of age)
- Verification of Compliance Form (VOC), if under 18 years of age. This is issued by the Idaho school the student is attending (Idaho Code 49-303A). The student’s administrative office will be able to assist with providing this form.
If your local school district does not offer a driver education program, there are two options you can pursue:
Contact a school district or charter school near you to inquire whether they are accepting students from out of district. Some district programs may not have room to accommodate the request, some may offer a wait-list. The process for out of district students will be coordinated entirely by the district or charter.
Note: If a student does register with an out-of-district program, the student will need approval from both districts.
- Contact a private driver education program.
Students under the age of 17 must complete the driver education requirements in Idaho.
- 30 hours of classroom instruction
- 6 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction with an instructor
- 6 hours of in-car observation with an instructor
- 40 hours of adult supervised daytime driving
- 10 hours of adult supervised nighttime driving
- 6 months of adult supervised time
Students who move from out-of-state are able to apply what they have already completed towards Idaho’s requirements. To transfer/apply what has been completed, the Idaho State Department of Education (SDE) has developed a secure portal. The Out-of-State Permit Transfer Form Portal is where students and families upload documentation demonstrating what has been completed. The required documents are:
- Out-of-State Permit
- Certificate or document demonstrating number of hours completed for classroom instruction (if completed)
- Certificate or document demonstrating number of hours completed for behind-the-wheel instruction with an instructor (if completed)
- Certificate or document demonstrating number of hours completed for in-car observation with an instructor (if completed)
- Drive log demonstrating number of hours driven during the day and night (if completed)
To start this process, call our office to complete the intake process. The intake process triggers an email containing a link to the Out-of-State Permit Transfer Form Portal. Once the documents are submitted, our team will review the documents and draft a Permit Transfer Letter. The letter contains next steps for students and families and will need to be printed and brought to the DMV to transfer the permit.
Note: Driver Education Program’s Phone Number: (208) 332-6984
If a student fails, the Driver Training Permit is no longer valid. The driver education program will mail the permit to the DMV. The student will need to purchase a new Driver Training Permit and take another driver education course.
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