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steps to becoming a licensed driver.

Please read this in its entirety!  
many questions answered here for how drivers education works in the private sector.

General Rules:

For students under the age of 18, the state of Illinois requires thirty (30) hours of classroom instruction, six (6) hours of behind the wheel (BTW) instruction, and six (6) hours of in car observation OR eight (8) hours of semi-private BTW instruction with no observation requirements. Our classes and instructors are fully insured, licensed, certified, and endorsed by the Office of the Secretary of State.

Each classroom period is two (2) hours long and meets fifteen times per class session. See the class calendars for detailed class schedules

A BRONZE or SILVER BTW session lasts two (2) hours and consists of one (1) hour of "hands on" driving and one (1) hour of observation. A GOLD or PLATINUM BTW session is for one (1) hour and does not require any observation time, although students will have other teens in the car observing their driving (please note, this is not a private lesson).

Per state requirements, up to four (4) classroom times can be missed in a session but MUST be made up in subsequent sessions in order for your student to qualify for their drivers license.  Log onto the web site using your USER NAME and your PASSWORD, scroll down to CLASS HISTORY on your teens page, to keep track of the classes that your teen has missed.

step 1 - Your Teen is Turning 15

When your teen turns 15 (or if they turn 15 by the end date of the class instruction session), they can be enrolled in that particular driving class.  The web site WILL NOT accept enrollemnts for any teen who is not 15 years old by the last day of the class you are registering for.

step 2 - Enroll in a Course

Register for class ONLINE. - choose the class that best suits your personal schedules.  While you are registering for an entire package, please note that all you are choosing here is the classroom time commitment.  The BTW times will be booked on an individual basis after your teen acquires his/her learners permit.

Most teens choose the BRONZE or SILVER courses - the GOLD and PLATINUM courses are for those who are nervous to drive, or have parents not comfortable driving with them.  A teen MUST sign up for one of these four choices in order to receive a PERMIT application.  If you choose the CLASSROOM ONLY option, your teen will not be able to get a learners permit.

When registering, make a note of your user name and the password you chose - you will need this to log into the system to review classroom schedule AND to book all of the BTW lessons.

For a teen not looking to drive, and just needs to fulfill high school requirements, the CLASSROOM ONLY option is there which will not allow for a learners permit.

step 3a - Required Forms 

BLUE FORM - this form is used by 95% of incoming students. 

required per the state as proof of eight (8) passing grades in junior high or high school. this form can be filled out by the high schools even if your child is a new freshman with no high school grades yet. If you are home schooled, are an incoming freshman, or cannot meet the grade requirements, see form options below

OR

YELLOW FORM (if you are home schooled)

OR

PINK FORM (if you are in school but do not have the required grades)

step 3b - Start your Course

For the first day of class you should bring:

1. Black/blue and red pen.
2. Signed copy of JOYCE's DRIVING SCHOOL CONTRACT
3. Payment for any balance due. 
4. Proof of ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY (REQUIRED BY the STATE) see the above required forms section

Class: Students will focus on learning the basic rules of the road and prepare for the written permit test. They will receive the Illinois Rules of the Road Booklet to study in class and at home.  They will also receive a student workbook which they are required to bring to every class session as well as To every BTW lesson.

Per State of Illinois rules, a student is allowed to miss up to 4 classes within a session, all of which must be made up.  Students MUST ATTEND one of the first three classes to remain enrolled in the course.  
If more than 4 classes are missed the student is required to take the course again in its entirety, per state law.

step 4 - Get Learners Permit - NOT REQUIRED before class begins!

When your balance is paid in full for the course work here, and your teens first day of class is no more than 30 days away, your teen will be eligible to take the permit test at the Illinois Secretary of State Facility of your choice. CLICK HERE for locations. 

To obtain a learners permit, your teen must pass a Rules of the Road test at the Illinois Secretary of State's Office.  To prepare for this, they must read the Rules of the Road book and be able to understand all of it.  We cover this information during the first 3-4 class sessions.  YOUR TEEN IS NOT REQUIRED TO HAVE A PERMIT BEFORE STARTING CLASS WITH US! 

We typically hand out permit applications on the first day of class, if time permits.  IF YOU WANT YOUR PERMIT APPLICATION, AND IT WAS NOT OFFERED TO YOU, ASK YOUR INSTRUTOR FOR IT.... OR WAIT FOR THE NEXT CLASS!


You will be required to bring the following items to the Secretary of States office to obtain a learners permit:

PERMIT APPLICATION - you must get this application from one of our classrooms as it must be signed by an instructor.

Original copy of birth certificate or passport

Eyeglasses or contact lenses if you wear them (teens will be taking an eye test)

Social Security Card/Number (numbers are sufficent for obtaining a learners permit - but a card is REQUIRED for obtaining a license)

A $20 check, cash or money order made out to "Secretary of State"

Proof of where they live such as a report card, bank statement or anything with their name and address on it (2 items)

CLICK HERE for acceptable ID requirements

step 5- Schedule Behind the Wheel (BTW) Sessions

Once your teen has:
1.  obtained his/her permit (all class fees must be paid to receive a permit application from us) and 2.  attended at least four hours of classroom instruction at joyce's driving school,
then they can start to schedule their behind the wheel (BTW) portion of their course. Teens DO NOT have to complete the classroom portion of our program before driving with us!  We encourage you to schedule all your BTW sessions as soon as possible as our drive times fill up quite quickly. Our times are very flexible, and we pick your child up at your house (Silver and Silver + Pulse packages only), at work, or at school, if within a reasonable distance from our locations. You must book a BTW appointment on our website. Login to view our BTW calendars to familiarize yourself with our instructors' schedules. 

During your BTW sessions your child will learn, among many other things, the following:

Rules of the road

Left and right turns

Decision making

Emergency situations

Defensive driving

Reversing and backing up around a corner

Basic driving skills

Parking on hills

Right of way

Merging and lane changing

Driving defensively

and most important - Driving with Confidence and a Positive Attitude!

NOTE: as of January 1st, 2011, your teen MUST complete all of their BTW's within nine months of starting this course. failure to complete the BTW requirements within nine months will result in a cancellation of their permit until additional fees ($30 per BTW drive still left to complete) have been paid to complete the course.

step 6 - Complete all State Requirements

Your child will be required to meet ALL of these standards in order to take their final drivers exam:

30 hours of classroom instruction (log onto the web site and check your students COURSE HISTORY to see what classes they may have missed)

6 BTW hours

6 observation hours
OR, in lieu of the above 12 total hours BTW, 8 hours of semi-private BTW instruction

50 hours of documented driving (10 of which must be a night)

Be a minimum age of 16

Have had their drivers permit for a minimum of 9 months

Must have provided joyce's driving school with proof of grade eligibility (Blue Form) and required info from learners permit.

step 7 - Get Your Drivers License

Once your child has completed the requirements and all fees due to joyce's driving school, inc., have been paid, we will send notification to the Secretary of State. They STATE will then send, to your home, the required form (previously known as a "blue slip") for them to take their road test at the Illinois Secretary of State Facility (this could take 3-4 weeks).  
MAKE A COPY OF THIS CERTIFICATE FOR YOUR TEENS HIGH SCHOOL AND FILE IT IN A SAFE PLACE FOR A FEW YEARS!  Some insurance companies are starting to ask for ac opy, so do not throw away auntil your teen is 18 years old>  WE CANNOT GET YOU A REPLACEMENT IF YOU HAPPEN TO LOSE THIS CERTIFICATE!

Once your teen has received this Certificate of Completion letter, they will need to take the following items to the Illinois Secretary of State Facility:

Certificate of Completion Letter and Affidavit

Social Security Card

Certified ORIGINAL of your birth certificate

Two (2) Documents showing current address (mail, bank statement, school transcript etc.)

Instruction permit

Valid insurance card

Vehicle registration

50 hour certification form

step 8 - Get High School Credit for this Course

Take a copy of the Certificate of Completion letter you received from the Secretary of State of Illinois to your guidance counselor.

 

 

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