Idaho's Premiere Driving School

A comprehensive defensive driving program that prepares students for driving in the real world.

What are the state requirements for Drivers Ed in Idaho?

All public (High School) and private schools have the same basic requirements.

30 hours of In-Class instruction

All driving schools are required to offer 30 hours of classroom instruction.  Classroom instruction can be offered live in a traditional classroom environment  or online at your own pace.

We are one of just a few private driving schools that are still offering a live classroom option year round.

During the school year our classes are taught once or twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in 8 classes and summer classes are taught in 10 days, Monday thru Thursday for 2 weeks.

We also offer the online class thru all approved online courses, including; Driversed.com, AAA and IDLA.

6 Hours “Behind-the-Wheel”

All driving schools are required to drive 6 hours with each student behind the wheel.

Idaho Code allows instructors to drive up to 2 hours per day with each student. This may be convenient for the instructor and the student, however, we have found that most students lose focus after 30-45 minutes.

We schedule eight 45 minute drives over the course of the class.

Each drive consists of 45 minutes behind-the-wheel and 45-90 minutes of observation,

During each drive we teach 5-6 specific activities designed to build confidence behind the wheel.

Once you begin driving it generally take 2-4 weeks to complete your in-car instruction depending on your schedule.

We can provide in-car instruction for all Idaho approved online courses.

6 Hours observation

Idaho Code requires each student to observe other drivers for 6 hours.

This can be done by watching any other drivers, including, parents or older siblings or even the Uber Driver.

However, watching experienced drivers offers little if any of the valuable instruction that can be obtained by watching other students learn while in the back seat of a driver’s ed car.

Each drive will consist of 45 minutes behind-the-wheel and 45-90 minutes of observation. During the observation period students will learn from other student’s mistakes and complete observation activities that will increase their scanning abilities as they become more familiar with the city.

Who is required to take Drivers Ed in Idaho?

Students ages 14 ½ to 16 must take an approved Idaho Training course.

How old do you have to be to take driver's ed?

Our drivers ed classes are designed for students ages 14½ to 18 that are currently enrolled in an approved high school program.

Students up to age 21 can take our online class and/or in-car instruction.

 

 

 

Is 14½ too young for drivers ed?

For some, 17 is too young. However, the longer you drive with your student before they leave home the better prepared they will be for the real world.

Permits are good until you are 18 and most insurance companies don’t charge until you get your license. So students drive for free until they get their license.

How do I register for a class?

Click here and complete our online registration. You can pay online, mail a check, or pay cash in our office.

How do I schedule in-car instruction?
Drive Schedule

We schedule eight 45 minute drives over the course of the class. Each drive will consist of 45 minutes behind-the-wheel and 45-90 minutes of observation.  If you sign up with a friend, please let us know and we will make sure you are together, otherwise you will be assigned a driving partner from our classes.

We meet at our Boise office located at 8601 W Emerald St Ste 180 just up from the DMV at the corner of Emerald and Benjamin in Boise.

School Year Classes

In-car instruction will be coordinated by the student and driver the first week of class and will be completed outside of class time before and after school Monday thru Friday and on Saturdays during the dates listed for class.  Drive times may be extended beyond the last day of class to accommodate student’s hectic schedule.

Summer - 10 Day Classes

All classroom and in-car instruction will be completed during the dates listed for those who select our Priority Scheduling Option.  If you select this option, your schedule must be flexible during the dates listed.  All other students will begin in-car instruction during the dates listed and complete the remainder in-car instruction after the class has been completed. All in-car instruction takes place outside of class time.

Online

We will contact you to set up your driving schedule after you complete the online course.  We generally begin driving the week after you complete the online course depending on the time of year.  The wait may be longer during our busy months so keep that in mind if you are trying to finish by a certain date.  Once you begin driving it generally take 2-4 weeks to complete your in-car instruction.

What is Priority Scheduling?

Priority scheduling allows you more flexibility in scheduling your in-car instruction depending on how and when you take drivers ed. We schedule drives Monday thru Friday 6am to 9:15pm and some Saturdays 6am to 5:30pm.

School Year –

If you select priority scheduling during the school year, all drives will be completed during the dates listed for your class. You will be given first choice in scheduling your in-car instruction. This option works well for those with difficult schedules.

Summer - 10 days classes –

If you select priority scheduling during the summer, all drives will be completed during the dates listed for your class. Your schedule must be flexible during the dates listed to complete the class and in-car instruction in 10 days. Priority Scheduling during the summer is limited to the first 12 students that select this option.

Online –

If you select online priority scheduling we will schedule your in-car instruction once you have completed the course. You will be given first choice in scheduling your in-car instruction. This option works well for those with difficult schedules. Online priority scheduling may not be available during summer.

How do I know I am confirmed in the class?

You will receive an Email confirmation as soon as payment is received.  If you do not receive confirmation by the next business day, please email Robert@IdahoDrivingSchool.com

Where do I get a copy of the Idaho Driver's Manual?

Click Idaho Driver’s Manual or pick one up at any DMV. You can also get an audio version by clicking here. You can listen to the audio version online or download it to your phone.

Where do I apply for a driving permit?

Your county driver’s license office is the go-to place for Idaho driver’s licenses and instruction permits, it is located just up the street from our office.
Click here for a map or call for more information. Driver Services: (208) 334-8735.

What do I need to apply for a permit?
Social Security Card

The DMV does not need to see a social security card, As long as you have the social security number, they will be able to issue your permit.

However, you will need the card if you are home schooled and have no secondary picture ID.

Certified copy of your original birth certificate

If you do not have a copy of your original birth certificate, the DMV can still issue your permit. You will need a copy of the original birth certificate before your actual drivers license can be issued.

Acceptable Photo Identification

Student ID card, Passport, High School Year Book,

For home schoolers or others with no photo ID you will need an original Social Security Card.

Proof of school enrollment

If you are under 18 years of age you will need to provide acceptable proof of enrollment and attendance in or graduation from a recognized high school or equivalent program. Students enrolled in a home-education program must have been enrolled in the program for at least one school year prior to the verification of attendance request unless documentation can be provided of meeting the attendance requirement for the school year immediately prior to the year in which you are enrolled in the home education program.

Someone to sign as your liability signer

If you are under 18 years old, you need to have a birth parent or legal guardian with you at the county driver’s license office to sign consent for you to be licensed. The signer assumes legal responsibility for your actions as a driver. If the liability signer is not the mother or father listed on your birth certificate, you must provide acceptable legal documents (adoption records or court guardianship documents).

Proof of Idaho Residency

Idaho school enrollment records or student ID.

Lease/rental agreement, mortgage or deed.
power bill, water bill, trash and sewer bill (cell phone bills will not be accepted).
Bank or credit card statement.
Vehicle insurance liability card.

The cost for a driving permit is $26.50.

For more information on obtaining your permit, please contact the DMV at 208-577-3100 or click here.

Getting Your License

Step 1: Register for your driver training class online now
Step 2: Get Your Driver Training Permit
Step 3: Take Driver Training
Step 4: Practice! (Since June 30, 2007 all permit-holders
must obtain no less than six months and 50 hours of
supervised driving time. (10 of these hour must be
during the night)
Step 5: Pass Your Tests*

*After six months, it’s time to take the written knowledge and skills tests.
Make an appointment with a skills tester. The written knowledge test is $6.00 and the road
skills test is $17.50. Note: If you fail either test, you can take them again after three days. You’ll have to pay the test fees again.