FAQ


Driver's Education

  • What does driver's education consist of?
    • 24 hours of class & 8 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction
  • At what age should I start driver's education?
    • You can start at 15 years and 5 months (a month BEFORE you can get your permit). You want to start classes as close to the time that you get your permit as possible. If you are under 18 years old you have to hold your permit for 6 months before you are eligible to take your final exam, this gives us plenty of time to get you through our program. Keep in mind that drivers education can take 4-6 months to complete.
  • What is the cost of your program?
    • Course cost is $375* (*Price restrictions apply to students living in our outlying areas due to the cost of gas and the distance we have to travel to your home for the drive times.  The cost is $400. - Call our office to see if you are in our service area.)  You have 90 days to pay we just can not schedule the driving lessons until they are paid in full.
    • Also - there is an additonal $5 certificate fee that must be paid in CASH on the student's last drive time.
  • What forms of payments do you accept?
    • We can take cash, check, or money order at our locations. You can also use debit/credit cards online. Click the payment tab (listed above). Please note that there is a $5 processing fee to use this service. This is added to your payment (its listed as "shipping").
  • Can I make payments?
    • Yes, you have 90 days to make payments. There is not a set payment plan, you pay what you can when you can, as long as its paid within those 90 days. Please note that you can not schedule the 8 hours of driving until it is paid in full.
  • Do you guys offer online classes?
    • No, we do not offer any online classes.
  • Do you accept students who have taken online driver's education?
    • Yes, as long as it was an Ohio approved program. However, our course cost does not change. We offer both parts, if you would like to do the online program for convienence purposes you may, but our cost is either $375 / $400 depending on where you live. If you would like to do the driving portion with us you will have to bring the following to our McCord Rd office to schedule your appointments.
      • Legal Guardian & student
      • Temporary Permit
      • Payment
      • Certificate of Enrollment from the online company
      • Certificate of Completion from the online company (Note - you may schedule without this, but you will not be given your final certificate until we have both online certifications)
    • After we have registered the student and signed a contract then we will schedule drive times. Please note that these book several months out. We do offer a cancellation list if they are eligible.
  • Where can I get upcoming class dates?
    • You can click here or call our office.
  • How can I register for classes?
    • You can cllick here or call our office.
  • What do I need to bring with me to class?
    • Parent / legal gaurdian to sign the paperwork (*MUST be a LEGAL GAURDIAN - older siblings/grandparents CAN NOT sign for you)
    • Paper & pen for notes
    • Temporary permit (if you have it)
    • Lunch/dinner/snack  or $ for break
  • Do you get a break during the classroom sessions?
    • Yes, we offer a 15 minute break during each class session. Students are urged to bring either a sack lunch or snack with them. We sell pop/water for 50 cents. At the McCord Rd classroom students have the option to go to the carryout in the plaza (sometimes we order from Jimmy Johns). At the Douglas Rd classroom they have a carryout as well as Hungry Howies. The instructor will go over procedures for these options the first day of class.
  • How do I schedule my driving lessons?
    • As soon as you are paid in full, we have seen your temporary permit, and you have taken at least one class session you can schedule your driving appointments. If you are attending classes at our McCord Rd location during the week we will pull you into the office during class #2. If you are attending weekend classes, at our Douglas Rd location, or would rather have your parents do it, you can call our office and we can do this over the phone with you.
  • What do I need to have with me for my driving lessons?
    • You need is your temporary permit for all of your drive times. On your last drive time you will also need your $5 cash certificate fee.
  • What is the cancellation list and how does it work?
    • Students who have already met their other requirements may be added to this list to get opportunities to get done sooner. We will schedule the student's original drive times (wherever we are scheduling at that time) and then we will add them to the list. As we get cancellations / openings we will give the student a call and ask them if they would like to move up a drive time. Usually this is done one at a time, however, sometimes we are able to move up multiple drives times. We can contact you anytime from 10 before the drive time or a few days before hand. We understand that teenagers have crazy schedules, so they are not penalized if they can not take the openings, they will remain on the list until all four of their drive times are moved up or they have reached their original times. Please note that if your student is getting done by their eligibility date, we will not add them to the list. It is best for the drive times to be as close to the date that they take their test as possible (within contract dates) for that last minute practice.
  • Does my driver's education expire?
    • No, once you have recieved your Certificate of Completion from us, it never expires. Make sure you put this certificate in a safe place, if you move out of state or switch insurance companies you might need it and we DO NOT have copies.
  • What do I do if I can't find my certificate?
    • If you lost your certificate you and a legal gaurdian must come into our McCord Rd office to fill out an application for another one to be printed. Please note that there is a $10 CASH fee.
  • Do you offer additional lessons for your students?
    • Yes, after you have completed the full program you can schedule additional lessons. Cost is $70 for a 2 hour lesson. We only book these in 2 hour incriments.
  • Do you offer adult lessons?
    • Yes, We offer on the road driving lessons for adults with a valid tempoary permit. The first lesson is 1.5 hours and costs $75. After that initial lessons you may choose from our packages. We have a 5 hour package (divided up into 3 days) or a 10 hour package (divided up into 6 days). You can click here for more information.
  • Do you offer the 8 hour remedial class?
    • No, we no longer offer this class.

Abbreviated Adult Driver Training Program
  • What is the Abbreviated Adult Driver Training Program?
    • ​This is a new (starting July 1, 2017) type of program designed to help aid driver's who are over 18 years of age who have failed their driver's exam the first time. This program has four options.
      • A 4-hour in-person class followed by 4 hours of behind-the-wheel training with a licensed instructor with a licensed abbreviated adult driver training school. 
      • A 4-hour state-approved online course followed by 4 hours of behind-the-wheel training with a licensed instructor affiliated with a licensed abbreviated adult driver training school. 
      • A 4-hour in-person class followed by 24 hours of driving with a licensed driver 21 years of age or older.
      • A 4-hour state-approved online course followed by 24 hours of  with a licensed driver 21 years of age or older.
  • Who has to take the Abbreviated Adult Driver Training Program?
    • ​An applicant for an initial driver's license, who is age 18 or older and who fails the first attempt at the maneuverability or road portion of the driving test, is required to take an abbreviated adult driver training course before attempting the driving test a second time. 
  • Do you offer the Abbreviated Adult Driver Training Program?
    • ​No we do not. You can view a list of approved schools & programs here.

Temporary Permits

  • When & how can I get my temporary permit?
    • In order to get your temporary permit you need to be at least 15 yrs 6 months of age.  Take your birth certificate, social security card, and a licensed parent with their social security car to the nearest exam station to take a computerized test.  You may pick up a book to study at any license bureau prior to taking the test.  Once you pass the test you can get your temporary permit by going to any license bureau.  There is no fee to take the test, however there is a fee to get your actual temporary permit.  
    • If you would like to download the temporary permit booklet here: http://publicsafety.ohio.gov/links/hsy7607.pdf
  • Are there any practice tests that I can take before I attempt the temporary permit test?
  • Who can I drive with on a temporary permit?
    • While driving on a temporary permit, if you are between the age of 15 1/2 and 16 years old you may drive with a licensed  parent or driving instructor only.  Between the age of 16 and 18 years old, you may drive with a licensed driver over the age of 21 years old.
  • After I get my permit what do I need to do before I can get my license?
    • Under 18
      • Hold permit for a minimum of 6 months
      • Drive 50 hours with legal gaurdian (40 day / 10 night)
      • Complete a state approved driver's education program
      • Pass final examination
    • 18 & older
      • Hold permit long enought to pass final examination
  • How long is my temporary permit valid?
    • 1 year
  • Who do I drive my 50 hours with? How do I prove I drove these hours?
    • A legal gaurdian is techinically the only one whose hours count towards that requirement. If a legal gaurdian is unable to complete these hours then they can appoint another person to complete these hours with the permit holder. In order to do that they must get a Loco Parentis Affidavit, complete, and get it notarized. You can download this form here: http://www.drivertraining.ohio.gov/parentaffidavit.doc
    • You don't have to ever turn in a log to prove that you drove these hours but your gaurdian must fill out the 50 Hour Affidavit. You should have gotten one of these when you got your temporary permit. If you need a new form you can download it here: http://publicsafety.ohio.gov/links/bmv5791.pdf

Maneuverability

  • Will you teach your students maneuverability?
    • Yes, as long as the student's skills will allow us.
  • Do you offer cones for rent?
    • Yes, we have them available for rent at our McCord Rd office. It is a $25 CASH deposit. You get them for 1 hour. When you bring them back you get $20 of your $25 back, so there is a $5 charge. Please note we only do HOUR RENTALS. We have too many students that use them to rent them longer. We do not book appointments, however, if you would like to call us when you are on your way we will let you know if there is a set available, or what time them are expected to be returned. We have several sets for rent at a time. We will show you how to set them up, there is a local church nearby that allows us to use their parking lot for practice. Visit our "Maneuverability" tab (above) for more information.

Final Examination

  • When can I take my final exam?
    • Under 18 - After you have completed the following requirements
      • Hold permit for a minimum of 6 months
      • Drive 50 hours with legal gaurdian (40 day / 10 night)
      • Complete a state approved driver's education program
    • 18 & older - you just have to have a valid temporary permit.
  • Where can I take my final exam?
    • Each county has an exam station. You can legally test anywhere in Ohio, but we strongly urge each driver to test in the county they live in. The exam station is located in an area that best matches the driving conditions for each county. Don't test in the country if you will be driving in the city. They are all listed in the back of the temporary permit booklet.
      • Lucas County - Heatherdowns Exam Station, 4460 Heatherdowns Blvd, Toledo, OH 419-385-6479
      • Wood County - Bowling Green Exam Station, 1616 Wooster St, Bowling Green, OH 419-353-5920
      • Fulton County - Wauseon Exam Station, 152 S Fulton St, Wauseon, OH 419-385-6479
  • How do I schedule my final exam?
  • What do I need to bring to my final exam?
    • Temporary Permit
    • Driver's Education Certificate (if you are under 18)
    • Know the make, model, color, license plate number of your vehicle
    • AFTER you pass the exam you will recieve some paperwork that you will need to take to a license bureau. You can do it at Heatherdowns OR you can go to the one that is closest to you. At this time you will need your legal gaurdian and your 50 hour affidavit. If you need another copy of the affidavit you can get it here: http://publicsafety.ohio.gov/links/bmv5791.pdf
  • Can I rent one of your vehicles for the road test?
    • Yes, we do offer this service to our students. The cost is anywhere from $65 to $90 depending on where you live and where you are testing. We pick up about an hour before the exam and do a mini-lesson, take them to the exam, and then take the student home. Unfortunately, due to our schedule, we only rent our vehicles Tuesday-Thursday first thing in the morning for road tests. We don't have any afternoon/weekend rentals available. Also, please note that we usually book out several weeks. Please call our office if you would like to schedule an appointment at 419-885-0909.
  • What happens if I fail my final exam?
    • If you fail the final road exam you must wait 1 week before you are able to retest. There are two seperate parts of the final exam, the road portion and maneuverability. If you fail one part, but pass the other, you only have to re-take the portion that you failed as long as you are on the same temporary permit. If your permit expires, then you will have to retake all exams again (temporary permit test as well).