How do I get my license if I am under age 18?

1) Earn your instructional Permit

The first step towards driving in minnesota is passing the Minnesota knowledge test and getting an instructional permit. In order to take the Minnesota knowledge test you must:
    • Complete 30 hours of classroom instruction
    • Obtain a "blue card" by enrolling in an approved Behind the Wheel program
    • Be at least 15 years of age. (You can take the classes at age 14.)
    • Bring two forms of identification and your"blue card" to the knowledge test.

2) Earn your provisional license

Upon passing the knowledge test and receiving the Minnesota instructional permit, you are allowed to practice driving if you are with a licensed driver who is in the front seat and at least 21 years old. To take the Minnesota road test, you must:
    • Completion of 6 hours Behind The Wheel (BTW) instruction and receive your "white card".
    • Completion of 30 hours of driving with your parents or other adult driver who is at least 21 years old (including 10 hours at night).
    • Hold your permit for six months.
    • Be at least sixteen years of age.
    • Bring a car with proof of insurance, your instructional permit, and your "white card" to the road test.

3) Earn your full license

You will not be able to apply for your full license until you have driven on your provisional license for 12 months or until you are 18 years old. Be sure to follow Minnesota laws that place restrictions on drivers with provisional licenses.

How do I get started?

You just need to fill out the contract, which is required by the state to begin. Fill out the information in full, include listing the date you are starting. You can pay online, over the phone, through the mail, or in person.

What sets you apart from other schools?

In addition to our great prices, flexability, safe and energy effecient cars, and excellent curriculim...drivers education is our passion. We understand that the #1 killer of teens is traffic related crashes, which acually take more teens then drugs, guns, suicide, and all other accidents combined. It is our mission to teach with that in mind.

Do you have a payment plan?

Yes we have three options:
  •1) Pay all at once
  •2) Pay $200.00 down and the remaining is due on the date of the last class
  •3) Pay in three installments of $125.00 at the start of class, at the end of class, and on the first BTW.

When do classes start? How does your schedule work?

Start any time. We have a flexible schedule that allows for you to start on any day and do the classes in any order on your own timeline. The classes are independent pods numbered 1-10 and you need to attend each of the ten classes. Each class covers material that does not need to build on previous topics. Just look at the online schedule to see which classes are taught on which days, and pick the days that work best for you.

How quickly can I finish the classes?

One great advantage of coming to Elite Driving School is that you can complete all the classes in two weeks if you wish. Many places take a month or more to complete the classes.

What if I took classroom somewhere else, but I want to take Behind the Wheel here?

You need to bring us the "letter of course completion" that every classroom program is required to give. Once you have registered and paid for BTW here, we will give you the "blue card" so you can take your knowledge test.

Where do you pick up for Behind The Wheel?

We pick you up at your house or any other designated location, like your school.

What does "going green" have to do with drivers ed?

There are several ways to reduce the ammount of waste in drivers education. We reduce gasoline consumption and CO2 emissions through the use of hybrid vehicles. Hybrids also save money, and instead of putting that money in our pockets, we pass the savings on to you. Our classroom eliminates 80% of paper used in a typical classroom. With our interactive curriculum, the quizzes are projected digitally, instead of on paper. The added benefit is we are able to see more clearly how students are doing and which topics need more instruction.
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