Teen Driving FAQ

Do I need to have a permit to take Driver Education?

No, but you do have to be at least 15 years old. Effective November 1, 2012, students who have COMPLETED the driver education program with Alert Driving School before getting a permit will have the written test waived when they go to the DPS to get their permit (student must present to DPS their CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION, this is not the contract). However, they can obtain a permit by presenting the CONTRACT that they receive once they have completed the 10 hour classroom requirement (no driving required at this point) but will be required to take the written test. The written test maybe taken the day after the 10 hour classroom requirement is completed. (20 Questions/Multiple Choice and make a 75% to pass). To get your permit test waived, you must complete the 10 hour Driver’s Education Class and your 6 hours of in car, behind the wheel instruction prior to getting your permit (the day you turn 15 1/2 is the earliest this can take place).

Do I have to go to Department of Public Safety (DPS) when I turn 16 to take my drive test?

No, effective November 1, 2012 Alert Driving School is able to administer the STATE ROAD EXAM by appointment. AlertDS is able to administer the state road exam virtually anytime…evenings and weekends (we are not limited to DPS hours of operation nor are we limited by weather, although we will cancel if snow or ice is present on our route for safety reasons). We have 2 DPS Certified Driver’s License Examiners on staff and a former examiner of 8 years as an instructor.

Do my parents need to accompany me when I take my drive test?

No, the following Parent Affidavits will need to be completed to allow us to take students (using one of our valet service packages) to test without their parents. This prevents parents from taking off work and waiting in lines at DPS/Tag Office all day.

50hr. Drive Test Affidavit

Do I need to have a permit to drive with an instructor?

You only need to have one if you are 18 or older and have not completed our Driver’s Education Class. Otherwise you do not need a permit to drive with AlertDS. However, you must have a permit to drive with someone at home. We recommend everyone get a permit at 15 1/2. You may wish to refer to our Adult FAQs Page.

Do I have to finish the class and all my drives to get my permit?

No, you only have to finish the driver education class. You have one year to finish all of your drives. Effective November 1, 2012, students who have COMPLETED the driver education program with AlertDS before getting a permit will have the written test waived when they go to the DPS to get their permit (student must present to DPS their CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION, this is not the contract). However, they can obtain a permit by presenting the CONTRACT that they receive once they have completed the 10 hour classroom requirement (no driving required at this point) but will be required to take the written test. The written test maybe taken the day after the 10 hour classroom requirement is completed. (20 Questions/Multiple Choice and make a 75% to pass). To get your permit test waived, you must complete the 10 hour Driver’s Education Class and 6 hours Behind-The-Wheel, in car instruction prior to getting the permit (the day the student turns 15 1/2 is the earliest that this can take place.  A student under 18 years of age MUST have their permit a full 6 months before they are able to take the “State Road Test.”

Do I need to practice driving on my own time in addition to my drive time with Alert Driving School?

Yes practice on your own. If you do not practice, you will not learn the skills necessary to master the tasks. We recommend you practice as much as possible on your own time (with a permit) while you are taking lessons with us. The Department of Public Safety requires 50 hours of driving with a parent before a teen can get his/her license. The associated affidavit is located here DPS Affidavit.

When do I do the 6 hours driving time?

After you complete the classroom time, the driving instruction is done in 2 hour sessions. On 3 different days, you will drive 2 hours with one on one instruction. Driving sessions are scheduled at your convenience. This allows you to customize your student’s training schedule. The driving time must be complete before taking the state road exam giving you six months if you so choose.

How do I schedule my 3 driving times?

Parent or student will schedule the 3 drives on our website (student portal), once you have signed up for class on our website you will receive your user name and password.  You are able to begin scheduling your drives after the completion of the 2nd day of the 10 hour classroom.  If you do not receive a user name and password after signing up for class, first check your spam then email and request your user name and password. (no phone calls necessary to schedule drives, however, if you have any questions feel free to call anytime).

When can I take the written test?

You may take the written test to obtain a learner’s permit at the age of 15 1/2 if you are attending a driver education course. The written test can be taken the day following the completion of the 10 hour Driver’s Education Class.

How quickly can I finish?

The finish time depends upon when your driving times and class times are completed. The class times are scheduled, however, students schedule their own drive time. We cannot determine when you will be finished, but we will work with you to help you make this happen in a timely manner (school, work, weather and other factors impact completion of your Driver’s Education).

How long do I have to get my program finished?

You have one year from the day of class to complete your drive time and take your driving test. If over one year, a re-instatement fee of $50 will be charged.

Do I get an insurance reduction for taking driver’s education?

Most companies do honor driver’s education programs if they are state certified (we are state certified). Please check with your insurance company for verification. We will show you in the parent meeting how to pay for the course in a matter of months with additional insurance discounts.

I am in school everyday so how can I take the course and do the drive times?

All of our classes and drive times are scheduled around public school hours. During the school year we have weekend and/or evening classroom sessions. During the summer and fall, winter, and spring breaks we will schedule daytime classes. This schedule goes for drive times as well. We are open year-round!

Can I, as a parent, contact my son or daughter during their drive time or can they call me?

Yes, we have phones in all of our cars. You may call our office for the phone number or ask the instructor at time of pick-up.

If I am scheduled to drive, how do I know if my in-car instruction has been cancelled due to inclement weather?

You might not get a call from our office, however we will post on the Alert Driving School Facebook page letting everyone know if there have been any cancellations.

Do you offer gift certificates for your programs?

Yes, we do. You will receive a colorful certificate with the student’s name and program of choice. Call today!