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Driver Education Info

Detailed information for all Driver Education students and their parents. Please take the time to read this infomation in its entirety...
Congratulations! Your son or daughter is about to begin the process of earning the privilege to drive in the state of Illinois. Below is a list of some of the basic information that will help you as you prepare to start this journey. 
Information to Know Concerning the “Classroom” Portion:
  • Your child must be 15 to obtain his/her permit. Permits must be held for a minimum of nine (9) months in order to obtain a driver’s license at the age of 16. 
  • If your child is 15, or turns 15 within the first two weeks of the classroom portion of driver education, the teacher will be collecting all paperwork/fees and turning them into the state for the permit. Permits will be issued during the first month of the driver education class unless otherwise noted by the teacher. If your son/daughter is 14 at the time the permits are issued, it will be the responsibility of the student to go to the secretary of state’s office to obtain his/her permit after they turn 15 (this includes taking the written and vision exams at the facility). S/he will also be required to have certain pieces of identification (see the Rules of the Road book for acceptable identification-same as applying for a driver’s license) along with the permit application, signed by the classroom teacher. 
  • All 15 year old students will be taking a vision test during the first couple of weeks of class. Please make sure that your child is prepared for this by updating any prescriptions-if applicable. If your child wears contacts or glasses, please make sure that he/she has them at school on the day of the test. 
  • Each student is responsible for submitting a $20.00 check made payable to the Illinois Secretary of State by the end of the second week of class. This check is a fee that is collected for the permit and is given to the State of Illinois. If your son/daughter is 14 at the time of permit application in the class, the $20.00 fee will not be collected during the class. 
  • If your child is 15, or turns 15 within the first two weeks of the classroom portion of driver education, a permit application will be completed during class. Your son/daughter will bring it home for you to sign (a parent or legal guardian’s signature is required). They will also need to fill in their social security number on this form. Please do not send their social security card to school with them. Also, please remind them of the importance of the permit application. It is to be kept in a safe place until turned into the teacher, at which time it will be filed and turned into the state. 
  • Attendance is very important in this class due to the guidelines of the State of Illinois. The classroom teacher will be explaining this policy to your son/daughter. If you know that s/he will miss several days, have him/her visit the teacher to sign up for a later class. The student will possibly have to retake the class if too many days are missed. These absences include both excused and unexcused absences. 
Information to Know Concerning the “Behind the Wheel” Portion: 
  • After the completion of the classroom portion of Driver Education, your son/daughter will be called into the office to be scheduled for Behind the Wheel (BTW). The office will work with your son/daughter to find the best time for driving. Driving times are determined by when we have instructors available. Students are scheduled for BTW in the order of which students turn sixteen (16) first. After your student has been placed in a session it is your son/daughter’s responsibility to be present at the time of his/her session. 
  • If your son or daughter is enrolled in behind the wheel during the school year, he or she will typically drive one day a week for six weeks; usually from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. To complete the mandatory 6 hours of driving and 6 hours of observation, your son/daughter will be paired up with another student driving partner and an instructor. It is important that both students are present so the driving session can take place. Students cannot drive alone with their instructor. In the event your son/daughter cannot make a session, it is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor and their partner as soon as possible. 
  • There is a $300.00 fee to take Behind the Wheel at MSHS. Please do not pay the fee for behind the wheel until your son/daughter has been signed up and placed in a behind the wheel class. You will receive a letter after your student is scheduled in a BTW class. Upon receipt of this letter, the BTW fee can be paid on the District Webstore or by sending a check made payable to CUSD# 3 in the amount of $300 to Mrs. Rausch at the high school attendance office. 

Some of the Permit Phase Rules of the Illinois Graduated Driver’s Licensing Program 

  • You must drive with a parent or guardian (or trusted adult who is age 21 or older-that your parent/guardian approves of) for a minimum of 50 hours (10 of which must be at night)
  • The adult that is present with you must be alert and aware. 
  • You are only allowed to have one unrelated passenger who is under the age of 20 with you during your permit phase. 
  • You cannot use a cell phone while driving until age 19-this includes hands free devices. 
  • All other rules of the road apply 
  • You must always have your permit with you when driving. 
  • Visit for more rules/information.
Prior to going in to get a driver’s license, it is highly recommended that you check with Mrs. Rausch or visit the website below to make sure all of the requirements have been met.
    • Click on “Students” 
    • Scroll down to “Programs” 
    • Click on “Driver Education Student License Inquiry” 

What do I take with me to get my driver’s license?

Please refer to the Rules of the Road Book for this information or visit: