Frequently Asked Questions
Enrolling at Driving 4 Teens
How do I enroll in a teen program at Driving 4 Teens?
From the Teen Program Page:
1. Click on the package (you will be brought to page where you enter your information, choose the class time and create a personal account).
2. Fill in your personal information
3. Choose your driving school location, either Palatine or Schaumburg. It will then give you class times available. You will see that if you choose the Silver or Gold package you will be signing up both the classroom portion and the behind the wheel portion of the package.
4. Create an account so you can sign up for behind the wheels, pay on line and keep track of your classes.
5. Pay your deposit with a credit card to hold your spot in class (there is a 2.5% surcharge for credit card purchases). If you would prefer to pay by check or cash please call 847-991-9600 or send an email to info@driving4teens. We will be happy to enroll you personally.
From the Class Schedule Page or home page:
1. Choose the Palatine or Schaumburg location to see class times offers.
2. Click on the class time you would like to sign up for.
3. Fill in your personal information
4. Choose the Silver or Gold packag. You will see it will automatically sign you up both the classroom portion and the behind the wheel portion of the package.
5. Create an account so you can sign up for behind the wheels, pay on line and keep track of your classes.
6. Pay your deposit with a credit card to hold your spot in class (there is a 2.5% surcharge for credit card purchases). If you would prefer to pay by check or cash please call 847-991-9600 or send an email to info@driving4teens. We will be happy to enroll you personally.
I would like to pay my deposit with a check or cash
No problem, please call us at 847-991-9600 to enroll over the phone. Our system is only set up to handle credit cards. We applogize for the inconvenince.
When is payment due for the class?
A deposit holds your child's spot in class (deposit is transferable). The remainder of the payment is due first day of class. You can bring a check or cash to the first day of class for the balance. Alternatively, you can log onto your account and pay via crecit card.
How do I make a payment online if I don't have an account with you?
Go to the adult page and choose the 'pay now' button and enter your credit card information. We will match up your information from your name and address.
How do I make a payment for the teen package?
Log onto your account so you can see your balance. You can pay online with a credit card, mail in a check to 768 Euclid Ave, Palatine, IL 60067 or come in in person.
Do you have payment plans?
Yes, please call 847-991-9600 for more information.
Can I get private driving lessons if needed?
Yes, there is a cost of $70/hr, we even have a package for private lessons. Just call us to schedule.
Do you offer a discount if a sibling has already taken the class or if I have two children in the class at the same time?
Yes! We love siblings! If your elder child has already taken the class and now your younger one has turned 15, we will give your 15 year old a $20 discount. After you register your child-please send us an e-mail letting us know there was a sibling. We will adjust the ledger appropriately.
Illinois Teen Driver requirements
What are the current requirements to obtain a drivers permit and license?
Effective January 1st, 2008, the State of Illinois created new rules in regards to the requirements to get your license and permit. The most basic changes are that you must be enrolled in a drivers education program to get your permit , have held your permit for at least 9 months and that you must have a minimum of 50 (10 must be at night) hours of driving with a parent or guardian. All students under the age of 18 are required to take a drivers education program that consists of 30 hours in class instruction, 6 hours of behind the wheel instruction and 6 hours of observation. You must finish the entire teen accredited program within 9 months of the first classroom lesson. They must also have documentation showing that they are academically eligible. For a more detail look a this program please click on the following Graduated Drivers License Program link.
What is the Graduated Drivers License Program?
It is a new program that became effective January 1st, 2008 regarding stricter rules to obtain your license. It sets rules as to how many non family members can be in a car at one time, cell phone usage etc. It also sets rules for teenage drivers up to the age of 20. For a more detail look a this program please click on the following Graduated Drivers License Program link.
What is the minimum age to get a drivers permit?
You must be 15 years of age and enrolled in a drivers education program.
Requirements for Drivers Education Classes
What are the academic requirements needed to enroll in drivers education?
The most basic requirements, you must show proof of a Junior High School (obtain a Blue Form Eligibility form) or High School report card that shows 8 passing grades within the past two semesters. Alternatively, they can use the Pink (inadequate passing grades) or the Yellow form for home school children.
What if my child cannot provide proof of the above requirements?
A student can turn in a Eligibility Form (Blue Form) signed by the junior high school or high school if the following
- The high school or junior high school uses a quarter grading system, trimesters, block scheduling or do not use semesters.
- If a student has not completed 2 high school semesters.
- If a student is in 8th grade or is a freshman.
Please contact us directly if you cannot provide the above due to the following situations:
- Cannot get a copy of your report card
- Did not pass 8 classes within the past two semesters
- Enrolled in a G.E.D. Program
- Are home schooled (can print off the Yellow form as an alternative)
- Dropped out of high school
- Already received a high school diploma
What happens if my child has to skip a class?
Students can miss up to 4 days of classes but must make them up in another class session. Again, the state requirements are a total of 30 hours of classroom instruction. We offer two classes each session so if your child needs to miss for an after school activity he or she can make it up in the alternate class (assuming there is space). Please note that the absence from his enrolled class still counts as a missed class. The state is very strict about these rules.
What happens if my child misses more than 4 days or does not make up the class sessions?
Unfortunately, due to State regulations, your child will be required to take the class over in its entirety. You will have to pay a $150 reinstatement fee.
Behind The Wheel
How does the Behind The Wheel instruction work (BTW)?
After your child has taken four hours of class and has obtained their permit you will be able to sign up for BTW lessons (all Driving 4 Teens fees must be paid in full). The instructor will pick your child up at their home, work or school (within reasonable distance) and drop them back off. They will learn how to drive on the expressway, reverse, park, etc. No need for you to drive them anywhere! Your child MUST have their original permit with them, no copies allowed (state law and also required by our insurance).
For the silver package, each lesson is three hours long and has at least two students in the car and the instructor. For one & half hours your child will be driving and the instructor will be giving them one on one
instruction. For the other one & half hours your child will be observing the other student driving. Due to drop off and pick up scheduling there may be brief periods of time where you child may be alone in the car with the instructor. A total of 12 BTW hours are required by state, 6 observation and 6 driving.
For the gold package your child will have 8, 1 hour private driving lessons. It will just be your child and the instructor in the car.
How do I sign up the BTW?
Once you have obtained your permit log into your account. Click on "BTW Course Periods" on the left side of the page. You must enter your permit number the first time you sign up for BTW's. Click on any green dates as these will show any drive times available. Choose the time you would like and where your pick up and drop off location will be.
Can I schedule the BTW with another friend who has taken the course?
Yes. It is best for you both to go online at the same time, on two seperate computers. and choose a drive time where there are two spots available. As the system is 'live' you may find another student has chosen the same spot at the same time thus one of you may be denined. Simply choose another one but don't forget to cancel the unwanted spot.
It's not letting me choose the BTW pick up location I would like.
Depending on where you live and which high school you attend you may be out of our pick up/drop off range thus you would be picked up at our Driving 4 Teens location. Please call 847-991-9600 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to make other arrangements.
What if I need to cancel a BTW?
Just log into your account and click on the red 'x' for the scheduled time. There is no problem cancelling and rescheduling BTW but you must do it no less than 72 hours in advance or there will be a $50 cancellation fee.
Why is there a $50 cancellation fee?
For the silver package each BTW is carefully scheduled with two students so that they can both drive for 1.5 hours and observe the other student driving for 1.5 hours. When your child does not show up for their lesson you have taken the observation time away from the other student, thus that student will have to reschedule that portion again. We also pay our instructors for scheduled drive times so if you do not show up we still pay our instructor. This fee helps offset our cost.
What would create this fee?
- The student does not show up for the BTW lesson
- If you cancel within 72 hours of your scheduled BTW lesson and we cannot fill their spot
- The student does not have their original permit with them at the time of the BTW lesson
Do I get high school credit for this class?
Yes, once you have completed the class we will give you our completion form that you can submit to your high school.
What happens when my child has completed the class?
Once your child has completed the 30 hours in classroom portion and the 12 BTW hours (or 8 private hours), has provided grade eligibility and has paid all fees to Driving 4 Teens we will send the required paperwork to the Secretary of State. They will then send you a letter of completion which you will need to bring with you when your child takes the final drivers exam. We submit our forms within 48 hours of your child's completion but the Secretary of State can take 1-2 weeks to send you their letter.
Getting my permit and license
What do I need to bring with me to get the instruction permit and take the test?
- Signed permit application and the accompanying parent if under 18 (you will receive this form in class)
- Cash or check for $20 made out to the Secretary of State
- Eyeglasses or contacts if you wear them (you will be taking an eye exam)
- Original Social Security Card
- Certified copy of your birth certificate or a valid passport
- Something with your current address on it (bank statement, report card etc)
- Something with your signature on it (valid passport, social security card, ID etc.)
What do I need to do and bring with me to get my drivers license?
- Letter of completion from the Secretary of State (you must have successfully completed our 30 hours of class instruction and 12 hours of BTW in order for us to file for a certificate of completion from the state)
- 50 hour log of driving hours.
- Your instructional driving permit
- Certified copy of your birth certificate of a valid passport
- Social Security Card
- Eyeglasses or contacts if you wear them
- Something with your current address on it.
- Something with your signature on it.
- Vehicle registration
- Proof of insurance