Are school districts in Illinois required to provide Driver Education?
- Yes. Any public school district which maintains grades 9 through 12 must offer a driver education course in any school which it operates. All eligible students in public or nonpublic schools who reside in a school district must be provided an equal opportunity to enroll in driver education. School districts are obligated to offer the driver education course within a “reasonable length of time” after the student’s application for enrollment in the course. A “reasonable length of time” shall be determined based on the student’s individual needs and the school district’s ability to meet those needs, provided that the course must be offered within 12 months after the student’s application to enroll.
- Statutory Citation: 105 ILCS 5/27-24.2
- Administrative Rule: 23 Ill. Admin. Code Parts 252.10 and 252.20(a)
Are districts required to offer driver education to nonpublic school students?
- Yes. The classroom instruction part and the practice driving part of the driver education course shall be open to a resident or non-resident pupil attending a non-public school in the district wherein the course is offered. Note: Home schools are recognized as non-public schools in Illinois. The chief administrator of the non-public school or parent of a home school student must notify the local public district by April 1 of the name of the nonpublic student who wishes to take the driver’s education course during the next school year. The chief administrator of the non-public school or parent of a home school student must provide evidence to the public school that the student has received a passing grade in at least eight courses during the previous two semesters at the time the parent or guardian completes an official application for enrollment of the student in driver education.
- Statutory Citations: 105 ILCS 5/27-24.2 and 27-24.4
- Administrative Rule: 23 Ill. Admin. Code Part 252.20(a)
What are the student eligibility requirements in order to take driver education?
- Each student must be enrolled in high school and receive a passing grade in at least eight courses during the previous two semesters prior to enrolling in a driver education course. If a pupil is a freshman, school districts may count passing grades from the last semester of the student’s eighth-grade school year.
- Statutory Citation: 105 ILCS 5/27-24.2
- Administrative Rule: 23 Ill. Admin. Code Part 252.25(a)(1)
How soon can a student receive an instruction permit prior to starting classroom instruction?
How do I check to see if my student’s high school has submitted his/her completion information, and the information has been approved by the Secretary of State’s office?
- Per an amendment to the Illinois Secretary of State’s administrative rules enacted on April 4,2008, a permit shall not be issued to a student more than 30 days before the student begins participating in an approved driver education course.
- Administrative Rule: 92 Ill. Admin. Code Part 1030.1
- Go to the ISBE Home page at www.isbe.net
- Under the column “Parents/Students”, click on “A-Z Index”
- On the alphabet bar, click on “D” (for Driver Education)
- Click on “Driver Education Student License Inquiry”
- The student’s permit number should be typed in the space available. If the completion information has been submitted by the student’s high school and uploaded to the Secretary of State’s office (without errors), the screen will indicate that the student is approved to get his or her driver’s license. Please remember that this only indicates if the completion information has been submitted and approved. The student must be 16 years of age and have held his or her instruction permit for the required time.
Are districts bound by the approved driver education fee if they offer driver education during the summer?
- No. School districts may charge fees for courses taken during summer school, including fees for driver education courses. Any fee charged during summer school may not exceed the actual cost for the summer course which may include stipends for the teachers that are providing summer instruction.
- Statutory Citation: 105 ILCS 5/10-22.33A