Drivers Education Program

Driver’s Education

Summer 2022 registration is closed.

Fall 2022 registration will open August 29th and run through September 9th.  On Monday August 29th the Fall Driver’s Education schedule and electronic registration forms will available around 9:30 am, located on this webpage.  If you need a hard copy form, those forms will be available for pickup and drop off at the PAL foyer only during August 29th through September 9th.

Age Requirements

  • Fall 2022 Class – student has to turn 15 years old by December 31, 2022
  • Winter 2022/Spring 2023 Class – student has to turn 15 years old by May 31, 2023
  • Summer 2023 Class – student has to turn 15 years old by August 31, 2023

Available seats for Drivers Education may be limited at times during the year.  The practice for placement of students into classes is outlined below.

  1. Ranked by birth date.  Oldest students have preference for placement.
  2. Once ordered by birth date, we place students into classes using their class preference until classes are full.
  3. We place students who live outside of our attendance area in any remaining seats, again using the process of placing oldest applicant first.
  4. Students who are not placed into a class because of limited available space, will be notified.  Payment will not be made until a seat in class is offered.

Requirements for Class

Mandatory Parent/Student Meeting
This is required prior to the start of each class.  Bring with you to the mandatory meeting:

  • a parent/guardian driver’s license and a black ink pen
  • student’s birth certificate or passport; and
  • student’s social security card or Montana ID
  • students and parents must wear face covering during in-person meetings/testing and during drives

Two forms of Student ID (must be originals or certified copies of documents).  You may not start the class without these documents.

TO SECURE A SEAT IN CLASS AND BEFORE MANDATORY PARENT/STUDENT MEETING:  e-Payment ($305) must be made by credit card, debit card or electronic check by logging into RevTrak here  Then select Drivers Education; then enter student name, school, and select Instructor name that has been assigned to youNo refunds given after a class begins.

42 Hours of Classroom Instruction
Classes are offered at Helena High School and Capital High School.  Students may register for class at either school, but a parent needs to provide transportation.  Fall and Winter/Spring classes are after school 2-3 times per week. Summer class times vary during the day.  The individual instructors set their own schedules for each session, so no two schedules are ever the same.

Students are allowed two absences (make-up hours & homework are assigned by the instructor).  Since class attendance is mandatory, please take into consideration your family/student schedule (like sports, vacations, jobs).  The third absence is an automatic “unsuccessful” for the entire class.

12 Hours of Driving Observation
Students will drive six times either after school (on days they don’t have class) or on weekends.  Driving time is scheduled by the instructor.  We provide the Driver’s Education car.

6 Hours of Road Instruction
Driving time is scheduled by the instructor.  We provide the Driver’s Education car.

Traffic/Driver’s Education classes are not part of the school district curriculum.
We do not offer adult driver’s education.

All communication is done through email at 


For Instructors

To teach traffic education in Montana’s public schools, teachers must have an active Montana educator’s license, an acceptable driving record, and at least 8 semester credits in initial traffic education coursework taken at Montana State University-Northern.