Teen Drivers Education

For students under 18 who wish to get their driver's license.

Knowledge Course

This 30-hour course satisfies the DMV requirement for students age 17 and under. It also satisfies the 3-Fail requirement for teens who never took driver's ed and have failed the learner's permit test 3 times.

The Knowledge course costs $180

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Behind-the-Wheel evaluates student's readiness to have a license in seven 50 minute drive times plus seven 50 minute observations. Upon successfully completing the Road Skills Test during the 7th lesson, the students will receive a 6 month provisional license. You can learn more about the program below.

Teen Behind the Wheel costs $375.

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Both Courses

If a student has had a learner's for close to 9 months and has completed his 45-hour driving log with parents, but hasn’t taken the Knowledge Course yet, it is OK take BOTH courses at the same time with the same school. This option is only open to students who are ready to take Behind-the-Wheel now.

Both courses taken together costs $499.00

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Knowledge Course (Classroom)

We offer the Virginia-approved Drivers Ed Knowledge Course, which is required for all students under 18 years of age. You can take it before or after receiving your learner's permit. In fact, it's a great way to prepare for the learner's permit test!

After registering, you will receive an email with instructions as to how to start. When you finish, you'll come into the office to take your final exam.

If you failed the learner's permit test 3 times, this course will satisfy your 3 Fail requirement as well as your Driver's Ed Classroom requirement.

The Knowledge course costs $180.

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Behind-the-Wheel consists of seven, 50 minute sessions in which we evaluate student driving. We conduct sessions in a specially equipped DMV certified Driver’s Ed vehicle and include a combination of back roads, city, and highway driving. We administer the DMV road skills examination during the 7th lesson, and if the student passes and all the other requirements are met, we issue the student’s provisional driver’s license at the end of the seventh lesson.

To qualify to take Behind-the-Wheel, a student must:

1. Be a fully competent driver already. The course evaluates the student's driving on back roads, main roads, highways, city driving, and parking*
2. Have passed the Knowledge portion of Drivers Ed or be currently taking it at Colonial Driving School
3. Have held a learner’s permit for at least 7 months
4. Have completed 45 hours of driving with parents

*If a student's skills are not quite there yet, we have a great private lessons program that can teach them what they need to know.

The price is $375 for Behind-the-Wheel.

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Both Courses

To take Behind-the-Wheel, students must have either passed the Knowledge portion of Driver's Ed or be taking it concurrently at the school that is conducting Behind-the-Wheel. A student cannot register for Behind-the-Wheel with one school while taking the Knowledge course at another.

Colonial Driving School offers a "BOTH" package consisting of both the Knowledge portion and Behind-the-Wheel concurrently.

To qualify to take BOTH, a student must have:

1. Held a learner’s permit for at least 9 months
2. Completed 45 hours of driving with parents
3. Learned how to be fully competent in back roads, main roads, highways, city driving, and parking.

The price is $499 for the BOTH package.

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Frequently asked questions

Can I take Behind the Wheel if I have a learner’s but never passed Driver’s Ed in school?

No. VA law requires that students complete the Knowledge portion of Driver’s Ed before or concurrently with Behind the Wheel.

just got my learner’s. Can I take Driver’s Ed immediately?

You can take the Knowledge portion immediately, if you haven’t already done so, but you need to wait until you are close to your 9 month anniversary of getting your learner’s before taking Behind the Wheel.

I will turn 18 soon. Should I take this or Adult Driver’s Education?

If you are within 3 months of your 18th birthday, you should take Adult Behind the Wheel. It doesn’t matter which Knowlege course you take (Adult or Teen).

I’m almost finished the classroom portion right now. Can I take Behind the Wheel?

Virginia law states that you can only take Behind the Wheel concurrently with the Knowledge portion (also called “classroom”) if you are taking both at the same school. So if you are almost finished our Colonial Driving School Knowledge course, then you can start Behind the Wheel now. If not, you have to complete your course before you schedule Behind the Wheel lessons.

I have a learner’s from another state. Can I take Driver’s Ed here?

You should take VA driver’s ed if you are seeking a VA license. You have to have a permanent address in VA and pass the VA learner’s permit test to get a VA license. If you are seeking a license in a different state, then rules will vary. Check with the DMV in your state to see if they will accept VA driver’s ed.

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