Driver Education FAQs


Does my student need to have an instruction permit in order to take the class?

A student will not be allowed to take the driving portion of the class without a valid instruction permit, and we prefer that students have the permits before the first day of class. If your student already has an instruction permit, make sure that it will not expire during the driving phase of the program. Please note that if a student did not pass the instruction permit test within four tries, the student must wait six months before testing again or enrolling in JCCC Driver Education program.

Where can my student get an instruction permit?

The instruction permit is issued by the Kansas Division of Vehicles. The Johnson County offices are located in Mission, 6507 Johnson Drive, and Olathe, 13507 S. Mur-Len Road.

What will my student need in order to get an instruction permit?

A student applying for an instruction permit will need to show proof of age (14) with a birth certificate, and take and pass both a written and eye exam.

What is an instruction permit and where can my student drive with it?

The instruction permit allows 14-year-olds to drive a vehicle with a licensed adult driver (age 21 or above) occupying the passenger seat at all times. The permit is valid only in the state of Kansas. The permit is valid for one year from the date it was issued. The instruction permit must be held one full year prior to applying for a restricted, less restricted or full license. See Graduated Driver License Requirements for Teen Drivers from the Kansas Department of Revenue.

What is the restricted license?

A restricted license allows solo driving under limited conditions and is granted to a student who is at least 15 but less than 16 years old and who has:

  • held an instruction permit for one full year
  • completed and passed a driver education course
  • provided an affidavit confirming that he/she has completed 25 hours behind the wheel

On a restricted license, is my student allowed to drive to school activities/practices or religious activities?

Without an accompanying adult, students with a restricted license are only allowed to drive to school and work.

If an activity/practice is on the grounds of the school the student attends, then he/she may drive to and from the activity/practice.

Example 1: If a student attends and plays soccer for a local school, he/she may drive to and from any practices or games that take place on school property. He/she cannot drive to a practice or activity that is not on school property.

Example 2: A student attends a local school and is on the golf team. All practices and events take place off of school property. This student cannot drive alone to the practice site.

Students cannot drive to religious activities on a restricted license unless a licensed adult driver is in the vehicle with them.

What is a less restricted license?

Students who are at least 16 years old but less than 17 and have held an instruction permit for one full year and completed 50 hours of supervised driving are able to drive with fewer limitations.

What is the minimum age for a full license?

Students are no longer subject to restrictions after they turn 17. For answers to frequently asked questions about teen driving in Kansas, see the Department of Revenue website.

What are the different course options?

Driver Education is offered throughout the year in several ways, with a traditional face-to-face classroom setting as a one-day or weekly course, or online. View the course schedule.

What happens during a typical face-to-face classroom session?

The classroom portion includes presentation of content, discussions, activities and videos over the basic principles of car control, turns, parking, the driver’s physical and psychological factors in driving, and Kansas driving laws. Students must successfully pass two exams during the classroom portion.

What is online Driver Education?

Driver Education is offered online in a hybrid format. The online course involves lectures and tests over basic principles of car control, turns, parking, the driver’s physical and psychological factors in driving, and Kansas driving laws. Students in an online course are also required to log driving time with a licensed Driver Education teacher.

Online Driver Education students are required to attend an orientation session at the beginning of the class. Students are also required to attend a proctored final exam.

Students who enroll in online course must have a JCCC username and password. Course assignments, videos, discussions, documents and notes are delivered via our Learning Management System, Desire2Learn (D2L).

How is the class graded?

Driver Education is taken on a pass/fail basis. Students must meet attendance requirements and pass the written and driving competency tests.

What is a passing score on the exams?

Students must pass all exams with a score of 80 percent or above with the exception of the law manual exam, which requires a score of 90 percent or above. All questions are multiple choice.

If a student fails an exam can he/she retake the exam?

Yes, students may retake an exam.

Do I need to do anything to prepare my student for the behind-the-wheel portion of Driver Education?

Talk to the instructor or ask your student if the instructor has suggested any driving routes to help prepare for the lessons. We recommend that a student have a minimum of five hours of behind-the-wheel practice prior to driving with the instructor. The student should be able to:

  • start the vehicle
  • stop the vehicle
  • execute left- and right-hand turns in a residential setting

During the driving phase it is extremely beneficial for parents to take a proactive approach to their student’s driving. In order for the student to attain a restricted license, he/she must have 25 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction, so this is an ideal time to work with your student on improving his/her skills.

How many behind-the-wheel lessons are there?

Instructors will schedule up to a maximum of six lessons behind the wheel, if needed, with a student. Most students will complete the driving requirements in four lessons. Driving lessons are competency-based; each lesson has three to 10 competencies that a student must complete successfully in order to pass. Each instructor has the flexibility to teach the driving competencies in a manner that is best suited for the student. The four main competencies are residential driving, city driving, highway driving, and parking and turnabouts.

Lesson #1: Residential Driving

  • Left Turns
  • Right Turns
  • Controlled Intersections
  • Uncontrolled Intersections
  • U-Turns
  • Cross Walks/Stop Bars
  • Backing

Lesson #2: City Driving

  • Turning from Left Lane
  • Turning from Right lane
  • Lane Change Right
  • Lane Change Left
  • Following Distance
  • Lane Position
  • Traffic Lights
  • Roundabouts
  • Speed Control
  • One-way Streets

Lesson #3: Highway

  • Entering the Highway
  • Driving on the Highway
  • Exiting the Highway

Lesson #4: Parking/Turnabouts

  • Angle Parking
  • Perpendicular parking
  • 2 Point Turn
  • 3 Point Turn

If a student does not pass the behind-the-wheel phase, can he/she still pass Driver Education?

No, a student must successfully pass both the classroom and the behind-the-wheel phases of Driver Education.

If a student does not pass the behind-the-wheel phase, what are his/her options?

Pay an additional fee to receive additional time behind the wheel.

Will my student be driving alone in the vehicle with the instructor?

Instructors try to have two students in the vehicle during a lesson when possible. Parents must sign a release form for their student to ride alone in a car with an instructor if another student is not available.

Where does each lesson begin and end?

Each lesson begins and ends at the instructor’s designated location on the JCCC campus; the student is responsible for arriving at least five minutes early. Instructors will designate the pick-up and drop-off locations well in advance of any scheduled lessons.

Who schedules the driving lessons?

Students sign up for their initial driving lesson the first night of class. Students are encouraged to work with their parents to determine the dates and times that will work best for them. After the calendar is filled in, it is extremely difficult to make changes.

What happens if my student misses a driving lesson?

Since there are limited time slots available on the calendar, it is imperative that students show up for their driving time as scheduled. During a typical session of Driver Education, there are a few openings on the calendar to accommodate drivers who have missed a lesson; students may be rescheduled for the NEXT available opening on the calendar at the instructor’s discretion.

Does my student need to bring anything to the driving lesson?

Each student must have a valid instruction permit or greater. The instructor will ask to see the permit prior to driving the vehicle.

What if my student needs extra assistance in the classroom (hearing impaired, etc.)?

Please contact Access Services at 913-469-3521, ext. 3885 to arrange for appropriate accommodations.