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Program Information and Tools

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Illinois Guidelines

Students under the age of 18, the state of Illinois requires:

Thirty (30) hours of classroom instruction

Six (6) hours of behind the wheel (BTW) instruction

Six (6) hours of in vehicle observation

*or eight (8) hours or more hours of semi-private behind the wheel (BTW) instruction with no observation requirements can be substituted. (Please see Silver Package or Gold Package)

Depending on class option you choose, length of classroom sessions will last between 1 ½ - 2 hours for a total of 15 -20 days.

State Requirements, up to four (4) classroom times can be missed in a session but must be made up in order for the student to qualify for their driver’s license.

Teen Drivers Education Program Steps

Step 1: When your child turns 15 (or if they turn 15 by the end date of the class instruction session), they can be enrolled in the driving class.

Step 2: Register Online or in Person

Pick a Driver’s Education Package that fits your teens Educational Needs: Bronze, Silver, Or Gold Package

Pick a class date that conveniently fits your teenagers busy schedule

Finally, fill out the Teen Registration Form form and Purchase

3: Bring the Following Forms to first day of class

Signed Copy of Brake-Thru Driving School Contract

Proof of Academic Eligibility Form (Required by the State) - Choose one of the following three forms:

Blue Form – This form is used by 95% of incoming students.
*Required by the state as proof of eight (8) passing grades in junior high or high school. This form can be filled out by the high school even if your child is a new freshman with no high school grades yet. If you are home schooled, are an incoming freshman, or cannot meet the grade requirements; Please see form options below.

OR

Yellow Form – This is for home schooled students

OR

Pink Form – For students who are in school but do not meet the required grades

Step 4: Getting Drivers Permit Step

On the third week of class or designated day by Brake-Thru Driving Instructor, students will be able to take the permit test at the Illinois Secretary of State Facility of your choice. Please reference the Checklist to obtain permit for more information. You will be required to bring the following items with you to take the written exam:

Parent/Guardian

$20.00 check made out to “Secretary of State” (Cost covers Permit Fee)

Appropiate Completed Permit application form: signed only by Brake-Thru Driving School

Original copy of birth certificate or passport

Social Security Card

Two (2) forms of ID showing current address: Examples would be Bills or other letters received, Insurance policy, Identification card….

Remember to bring eyeglasses or contact lenses (you will need them for Vision Screening Test)

Step 5: Schedule Behind the Wheel (BTW) Times

Once your child has obtained his/her permit they can schedule their behind the wheel (BTW) portion of their class. We encourage you to schedule all BTW sessions as soon as possible as our drive times fill up quite quickly.

During BTW sessions your child will learn, among many other things, the following:

Rules of the road

Left and right turns

Decision making

Emergency situations

Defensive driving

Reversing and backing up around a corner

Basic driving skills

Parking on hills

Expressway and highway driving

Right of way

Merging and lane changing

Most importantly how to be safe and responsible

Please Note: Illinois requires by law your teen must complete all of their BTW hours within nine months of starting this course. Failure to complete the BTW requirements within nine months will result in Brake-Thru Driving School charging your teen an additional $50.00 for every hour of driving needed to finish BTW requirements.

Step 6: Complete Course Requirements

Once your child has completed the requirements, and all fees due to Brake-Thru Driving School have been paid, we will send notification to the Secretary of State. They will then send, to your home, the required form (previously known as a “blue slip”) form them to take their final test at the Drivers Services Facility (this could take 1-2 weeks). Once your teen has received this Certificate of Completion letter, they will need to take the following items to the Drivers Services Facility:

Must have provided Brake-Thru Driving School with proof of grade eligibility form

30 hours of classroom instruction

6 hours of Behind the Wheel (BTW) instruction

6 hours of Observation

Or in lieu of the above your teen can complete 8 - 10 hours of BTW
*Silver Package and Gold Package will apply to this option

50 hours of Documented Driving time (10 hours of which must be a night)

Have held drivers permit for a minimum of 9 months

Signed Affidavit by Parent/Guardian

Be a minimum age of 16 to go get license

Step 7: Getting your Drivers License

Once your child has completed the requirements, and all fees due to Brake-Thru Driving School have been paid, we will send notification to the Secretary of State. They will then send, to your home, the required form (previously known as a “blue slip”) form them to take their final test at the Drivers Services Facility (this could take 1-2 weeks). Please reference the Teen Checklist to Obtain License for more information. Once your teen has received this Certificate of Completion letter, they will need to take the following items to the Drivers Services Facility:

Certificate of Completion Letter (Mailed to you by Secretary of State)

Signed Affidavit by Parent/Guardian

$5.00 check made out to “Secretary of State” (Cost covers License Fee)

Glasses or contact lenses

Social Security Card

Certified original birth certificate

Two (2) forms of ID showing current address: Examples would be Bills or other letters received, Insurance policy, Identification card….

Valid insurance card

Vehicle registration

50 Driving log

Step 8: Get high school credit for class

Take a copy of the Certificate of Completion letter you received from the Secretary of State of Illinois to your guidance counselor. It is your responsibility to give a copy of this letter to your current High School in order to receive class credit for Drivers Education.

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