Overview of Driver Education in Idaho
In Idaho all teens 16 and under are required to take driver education to get their license. Once your decide your teen is ready for driving you must first find a good time frame to do it in. The average driver training program is 3 to 4 weeks (ours is 2-3 weeks). There are 2 parts to driver education, a driving portion and classroom portion. Some schools have a classroom or online option, and some schools only do online (we have a combination hybrid class). The driving part varies among schools. They can do 3 to 12 drives (4 drives or less is inadequate and unsafe). Driving start times and drive locations vary greatly among the driving schools.
Once you decide a good time frame you need to shop around to see which driving school sounds good. Once you choose a driving school follow their instructions on how to sign up. If you must contact a driving school the best way is email or text messages with very precise questions. Usually most of the information you'll need is on their website. Our advice is just simply follow the instructions or step-by-step procedures to signing up. About 90% of the questions driving schools receive are actually not relevant, such as "what do we do after drivers training?".
The next step is to go to the DMV. At the DMV you'll apply for a permit. You will need to take some required documents as well as know where the permit needs to be sent. The permit will not be mailed to you - it will be mailed to either a private driving school that you choose or your students school district that uses public driver education. It is best to choose a driving school first before going to the DMV so you can tell the DMV where to send the permit. It is okay to go to the DMV first without knowing for sure which driving school you will go with - if you do, it is best to tell them to send the permit to your student's regular public, private, or charter school. It is actually not a big deal where the permit will be sent because driving schools and school districts are constantly mailing permits back and forth to each other. [One of the documents you'll need to show the DMV is the VOC - Verification of Compliance to prove you student is enrolled in school. A school ID will not work. If you homeschool simply tell them your student is homeschooled.]
You are ready to start driver training after you have signed up with a school and gone to the DMV.
Steps For Signing Up With the Ultra Safe Advanced Driver Training Program
1. Write down the days and times your student absolutely cannot drive.
2. Look at our available driving days, times, and locations including the required parent observation drive.
3. Review our program to see if it is what you want in a driving school such as some of the drives might be solo (student is alone).
4. Schedule by texting us.
5. Your schedule is temporarily reserved until you pay for the program. We will send a PayPay Invoice. You do not need a PayPal account to pay.
6. Go to the DMV as soon as possible. Students cannot drive or start the online unless they go to the DMV. DMV Page.
7. You can now start the IODE online course. We will complete your scheduled drives regardless of your online progress.
8. That's it - we will complete the drives. Students earn their permit when both the online and driving portions are passed & completed.
"What if I miss scheduling and my student can't take driver training for a few months?" - Great. At Ultra Safe we believe that the older the student - the more they'll take driving seriously and be able to comprehend the content and awesome responsibility of driving. It is not a good idea to get a 14 1/2 year old behind-the-wheel simply to relieve the parents of "chauffeuring" their kids around. While that is a nice thought - it is an idea that has backfired for many parents when their kids get into accidents causing vehicle damage and or physical injury to the child (as well as bad financial, emotional, and legal consequences).