Drivers Education Program

WINTER/SPRING Class Registration (January 6 – 16, 2020)

During the dates above, copies of the schedule and registration form will be available here for a printable copy; or, you may pick up a hard copy at the main offices at the high schools during those dates.

Students that did not get into the previous session(s) will need to fill out a new registration form with payment.

PAYMENT:  $305.00 for ALL students (no discounts).  Payment is due at time of registration (check or cash only).  Make checks payable to HSD #1 and mailed or dropped off at May Butler Center, 55 S. Rodney (proceed downstairs and to the right) with your registration form (ONLY DURING OPEN ENROLLMENT).

You will receive a class confirmation email 1-2 weeks after registration closes.  NO refunds will be given after a class begins.

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 and sorted by school of attendance.  Oldest students have preference for placement.
  2. Once ordered by birth date, we place all possible Helena Public Schools (HPS) enrolled students into classes.
  3. We place students not enrolled in HPS, but who live in our attendance area (Home School, Private Schools…), in any remaining seats using the same process of oldest applicant first.
  4. We place students who live outside of our attendance area in any remaining seats, again using the process of placing oldest applicant first.
  5. Students who are not placed into a class because of limited available space, will be notified and a refund of the Drivers Education Fee issued.


Age Requirements
  • Fall 2019 student has to turn 15 years old by: December 31, 2019
  • Winter/Spring 2020 student has to turn 15 years old by: May 31, 2020
  • Summer 2020 student has to turn 15 years old by: August 31, 2020
Requirements for Class

Mandatory Parent 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.

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.

All communication is done through email at or by calling 324-2123.

Helpful Links
Contact information

Please email or call (406) 324-2123 with any questions.  Any correspondence regarding driver’s education will be from or