Whether you are a teenager or an adult wanting to start driving for the first time, enrolling in a Driver's Education course is an important step toward getting your license. This article will direct you on how to enroll in a Driver's Education course as well as the many different places where they are available.
- A great place to start when searching for a driver's education course is your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office. Many DMV offices in both large and small cities offer driver's education courses. If your local DMV does not offer courses, they can more than likely direct you to a state-approved program. Enrolling in a state-approved program ensures that your driver's education course certificate will be accepted when going to apply for your learner's permit or driver's license. Very few DMV offices that provide driver's education courses do so free of charge; most will have fees in the $30-$50 range.
- Another great resource, especially if you want a quick reference for comparing many different driver's education courses, is to look in your local Yellow Pages. Many schools or companies that offer Driver's Education courses advertise in the Yellow Pages. If you are having trouble locating courses in your Yellow Pages, try looking under the headings for "Traffic School" or "Driving Instruction." Some of the businesses you call will allow you to enroll over the phone and others will require you to visit their locations. Make sure once again to verify that the program you choose is state-approved before paying any fees. Prices you will find from companies listed in the Yellow Pages will vary from $30-$60 in most cases (some you may find will be higher, but seldom will they be lower).
- If you are a student or the parent of a student, your first stop when searching for a driver's education course should be your local high school. Schools often offer driver's education classes as an elective during the school year. These classes are usually free of charge, but can include a small fee varying from $10-$20 in most cases.
- The final place to find information on driver's education courses is online. You can find both online courses and information on local courses using the Internet. If you are looking for a fast effective way of finding state-approved resources for driver's education courses, then the website I would suggest you use is DMV.org. That link will direct you to a page with a list of states on it. Click on your state to be taken to all state-approved resources available to you for driver's education courses. If you are looking specifically for driver's education courses that can be taken strictly online, then DriversEd.com is the best place to go. They offer state-approved driver's education courses that can be taken online 24/7 for a reasonable price. Standard courses are offered for $39.95 in most cases, and in some states, courses with your DMV exam included are offered for only $49.95. Another site that offers online state-approved driver's education courses for some states is TrafficSchool.com. This link will take you to a drop-down menu Choose your state and you will be taken to a page with details about the products offered for that state. This site only offers state-approved courses for some states. For the other states, they offer a driving DVD to be used for supplemental teaching only, so please look carefully at what you are purchasing. Driving courses offered by this site, when available, are $34.95.
If you follow these instructions, and use the resources provided, you will be enrolled in a state-approved driver's education course, and will be well on your way to getting your license or permit.