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Drivers Education FAQ's

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Programs Offered

What Drivers Education Programs are offered at Brake-Thru Driving School?

We offer three different Drivers Education Programs:
1. Teen Drivers Education- Teens Age 15 and up
2. 6 Hour Adult Drivers Education – For Adults Age 18, 19, and 20 years old
3. Refresher Course – Age 21 and up

What age is the 6 Hour Adult Program for?

The 6 Hour Adult Program is for students that are age 18, 19, and 20 years old who did not complete Drivers Education in high school.

*New state law requires teens under age 21 to take a Driver Education course in order to get drivers license.

Teen Pre-Registration Questions

At what age may I enroll my teen at Brake-Thru Driving School?

You may enroll your teenager in our drivers education course when they turn age 15 or they turn 15 by no later than last day of scheduled class.

How do I enroll my teen in one of the classes at Brake-Thru Driving School?

You may enroll your teen online or in person at our Rock Falls location. You can enroll/register your teenager by choosing a driving package that fits your driving needs and choose a class start date that fits your schedule.

How much will it cost?

The cost will range from $350.00 - $425.00 depending on the Drivers Education Package you choose. We offer three driver education packages that fit your driving needs: Bronze, Silver, or Gold. Please keep in mind most students pick our basic Bronze Package that starts at $350.00. This covers 30 hours of classroom, 6 hours of Behind the Wheel, and 6 hours of Observation time with a certified driving instructor. Our Silver and Gold Packages offer more Behind the Wheel driving time without any observation time.

Teen Registration Questions

When is payment due for the class?

Our school requires half (1/2) of balance paid before the start of class and other half of balance paid before Permit Applications are handed out. (12th Day of Class)

Do you offer any payment plans?

Yes, please call 815-716-8122 to speak with one of our staff members.

What is the Blue Form?

The blue form is to show proof that your teen has/is passing junior high school or high school with 8 passing grades in the last two semesters. This form must be completed by the teen’s current school administrator in order to take class at Brake-Thru Driving School.

*Get the printable Blue Form.

What is a Yellow Form?

This form is to be filled out by Home Schooled Teens to show they are being home schooled. This form must be completed by Teenager’s parent/guardian in order to take a class at Brake-Thru Driving School.

*Get the printable Yellow Form.

What is the form of payment excepted at Brake-Thru Driving School?

We accept check, credit card (online registration), and cash. Brake-Thru Driving School will give you a receipt upon receiving payment.

General Information

What is the Graduated Drivers Licensing Program (GDL)?

It is a program that became effective January 1st 2008 regarding stricter rules for teens to obtain a license. It sets rules as to how many teens are allowed in the car the first year of licensing, cell phone usage, driving curfew…etc. For a more detailed look at his program, please visit the following link: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/drivers/teen_driver_safety/gdl.html

What is the minimum age to get a learners permit?

Your teenager must be 15 years old to take the permit test at the Secretary of State office to receive a Learners Permit.

How does my teenager get his/her permit application?

At the end of the third week or 12 days of class your teenager will be given their Permit Application Form signed by Brake-Thru Driving School. Also during this time your teenager will receive a step by step checklist form for what documents to take with them to the Secretary of State Office. You must take signed permit application form and checklist to Secretary of State Office for taking written driving test to receive Learners Permit.

*Printable checklist to get Permit is found on resources page.

What documents do I need to bring with to the Secretary of State Office to get Learners Permit?

Please bring the following documents/materials found on checklist to get Permit.

*Printable checklist to get Permit found on resources page.

When is the Secretary of State Office open?

Sterling and Dixon hours and phone number are listed below or you can click on the link to find a Secretary of State Office near you:


Sterling, IL Secretary of State Office:

Sterling, IL (815)-626-2825
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 7:30 am – 12:00 pm

Dixon, IL Secretary of State Office:

Dixon, IL (815)-288-6685
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 7:30 am – 12:00 pm

When can my teen start driving?

As soon as he/she gets the learner’s permit. Your teenager can drive with anyone 21 years old or older who has a valid drivers license (valid for at least one year). The Behind the Wheel with Brake-Thru Driving School can start being scheduled as soon as your teenager acquires their permit. Teens do not need to finish the classroom portion in order to start driving with us.

*Remember to only let your teenager drive with a RESPONSIBLE Adult 21 and up.

How do I get proof that my child has completed a Drivers Education course?

When you Teenager has completed and passed the following at Brake-Thru Driving School:
1. Turned in signed approval form: blue form or yellow form
2. Completed and passed 30 hours classroom portion
3. Completed and passed all 6 hours of Behind the Wheel
4. Completed and passed all 6 hours of Observation time
5. Paid all fees owed to Brake-Thru Driving School

*After all the above are completed and passed Brake-Thru Driving School will send the appropriate documentation to the Secretary of State. After 2-4 weeks after we send the documentation your Teenager will receive a CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION from the Secretary of State of Illinois. (This is also known as the Blue Slip)

How does my teenager’s high school receive notification about the completion of Drivers Education at Brake-Thru Driving School?

When you have fulfilled all of your requirements at Brake-Thru Driving School, we will send in your documentation to the Illinois Secretary of State Office. They in turn will send you a CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION to the address listed on the permit. Once you receive the CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION, take a copy of it to the administration office of your current high school to prove you have completed a Drivers Education course.

*Make sure to keep a copy for your records

Behind the Wheel (BTW) Information

What is Behind the Wheel (BTW)?

BTW= behind the wheel or in-car training with certified instructor

*This portion of the Drivers Education program can be completed during or after the classroom sessions, depending on instructor and teen availability. Most classes will start scheduling BTW when they receive permits after third (3rd) week of class.

How do I sign up for a BTW appointment?

Students can sign-up for Behind the Wheel by going to the BTW Schedule: when we drive page. The instructions on how to schedule an appointment are listed on this page. For any assistance please contact Brake-Thru Driving School

How many BTW appointments can I schedule each week?

You can book up to two (2) drives each week if they are available. It is state law that you cannot complete your drives in less than 14 days, so the web site will not allow you to book them less than three days in between each BTW lesson.

*This limit setting will allow you to practice what we teach you in each BTW lesson with your parents. Please remember, we need to work as a team to learn safe and responsible driving habits. Please do not just rush through your BTW lessons to get them done.

How do I cancel a BTW appointment?

To cancel a BTW appointment you can log into your account on our brakethrudriving.com website and cancel or reschedule your appointment. We must receive at least a 24 hour notice for all BTW cancellations like it states in our contract. If there is no notice given or less than 24 hour notice the student will be charged a $50.00 late cancellation fee.

*Again you will be charged a $50.00 fee if you are attempting to cancel a BTW appointment with less than 24 hour notice.

Why is there a $50.00 cancellation fee?

Each BTW lesson is carefully scheduled with students so they can both drive and be observed. When your child does not show up for their scheduled lesson, you have taken the observation time away from the other student, thus, that student will have to reschedule that portion of their lesson as a result of your Childs errors.

We also pay our instructors for all scheduled drive times, so if your teen cancels, we still have to pay the instructor.

Lastly, we want to instill responsibility and consideration for driving in your child so that they will become the most successful driver.

Class Information

What if my teen is absent for a classroom session?

In Illinois it is a state law that all teens must complete 30 hours of classroom time. Each student at Brake-Thru Driving School can miss up to four (4) class periods or sessions, but must make up those periods in a future class session, once their scheduled class session is complete.

*After missing more than four (4) periods or sessions, Brake-Thru Driving School will have to cancel the teen from the current class session due to state law. You will have to re-enroll your teen and repay class fee again.

How do I make up a class period that I missed?

The class instructor will keep on file which class or classes you miss. It is your responsibility to make arrangements with class instructor to make up class time and information missed. *If you do not make up class time and information you missed you will receive a failing grade for course.

*No exceptions

License Information

When can my teen take the road test for his/her license?

You can go to the Secretary of State Office when all of the requirement below are met:
1. Your teen is 16 years old
2. Your teen has had a permit for 9 months
3. Your teen has received Blue Slip from Secretary of State Office – this is the letter from Secretary of State Office called the CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION sent directly to the address listed on the teens permit.
4. Your teen has a complete 50 hour driving log documenting 50 hours of driving in the past nine (9) months (please remember 10 driving hours need to be at night).

What vehicle do we use for the road test?

The road test is taken in your personal vehicle. Your personal vehicle must have the following:
1. Valid license plates on the front and back of vehicle
2. All turn signals and brake lights in working condition
3. Working horn – can hear from 200 feet away
4. Must have working safety belts for all occupants
5. Have proof of insurance and registration for vehicle being used for road test

What documents do I need to bring for the Road Test?

Please print out the checklist to get Drivers License.

* Printable checklist form to get Drivers License found on the resources page.

If you have any other questions, please call Brake-Thru Driving School @ (815)-716-8122

104 1/2 E. 3rd Street | Rock Falls, IL 61071 | 815-716-8122|[email protected]