Drivers Education Program

Registration for the Winter/Spring 2023 Drivers Education Session is CLOSED.

Registration for the Summer 2023 session will open April 3rd.  On-line applications will be available on Monday April 3rd starting 9:30 am.

Questions? Please contact:

Age Requirements:

  • Summer 2023 Class – student has to turn 15 years old by August 31, 2023 – Class and drives timeline 5/1/2023 to 8/31/2023(subject to change) Registration will open April 3rd-April 12th.
  • Fall 2023 Class – student has to turn 15 years old by December 31, 2023
  • Winter/Spring 2024 Class – student has to turn 15 years old by May 31, 2024

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, with preference given to those students who reside or attend within the HSD geographic area.
  3. We place students who reside outside of the HSD geographic 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: Do not make payment until you are offered a seat in a class via email confirmation**

Requirements for Class once a seat is offered

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

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.

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.