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Expand the links below for answers to frequently asked questions about the driver education program.

You can find a link to the driver license requirements and restrictions for teen drivers on the state's website

Driving lessons are competency-based and include:

  • Residential driving: left/right turns, controlled/uncontrolled intersections, U-turns, backing
  • City driving: turning from left lane/right lane, lane changes, following distance, traffic lights, roundabouts, etc.
  • Highway/expressway: entering/exiting a highway, driving on the highway
  • Parking/turnabouts: angle parking, perpendicular parking, two- and three-point turns
Participants must be age 14 by the first day of the driver education class. The State of Kansas does not allow participants under the age of 14 to receive their permit, and the in-class permit test must be taken on or after their 14th birthday. Missouri residents must hold a valid Missouri learner's permit and be 15 years of age.

A student can take the face-to-face portion of the course without an instruction permit. During the face-to-face class, students will take the Kansas Driver's Handbook test. They will have four attempts to successfully pass the test with an 80%. At the end of the face-to-face portion, the instructor will submit the test scores to the administrative offices; it will take three business days for the instructor to receive a valid DE-99 form from the state. The student can take the DE-99 to a state Driver’s License office, take an eye exam and pay for the printing of a state-issued permit. The student will not have to retake the Kansas Driver's Handbook exam at that time. A student may drive on the paper DE-99 without going to the Driver’s License office but the paper form will expire at the end of the driving lessons.

Out-of-state students must enter the program with a valid permit and it must remain valid throughout the face-to-face and driving portions of the course.

If a student has taken the Kansas Driver's Handbook test four times at a Driver’s License bureau and failed, he or she is not eligible to take the Driver’s Education course or retest for a minimum of 6 months.

Yes, Missouri residents can participate in driver education classes at JCCC.

Missouri residents must be at least 15 years of age and hold a valid Missouri learner's permit.

Upon successful completion of the program, Missouri residents will not receive a Kansas DE-99 certificate of completion because this document is issued to Kansas residents only. Instead, we will provide a paper certificate of completion form that proves you completed a driver education course.

Missouri may require students who completed the JCCC course to take a driving skills test again as part of the process of obtaining a driver's license.

All students are required to take and pass the Kansas Driver's Handbook test during the first part of the classroom day. Students can take the Kansas Driver's Handbook test up to four times during class time; a score of 80% or higher is required to pass the exam. Note: If you fail the Kansas Driver's Handbook test after four attempts, you will be dismissed from class at that point because you cannot successfully complete the course. You will need to wait six months before retaking the Driver Education course or the Kansas Driver's Handbook test.

Students must also pass a comprehensive final written test at the end of the classroom day. Students can take the final up to four times; passing with a score of 80% or higher is required.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

JCCC has dash cams in all driver education vehicles. The recordings are for drive lessons only and will not be released or archived unless there is an accident or issue. The dash cams record both the front and inside of the vehicle.

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, Canvas.

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

Students must pass all exams with a score of 80 percent or above. All questions are multiple choice and true/false.

Yes, students are allowed four attempts for each exam, during the face-to-face portion of the course.

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.

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.

Tested Competencies

Residential driving

  • Left turns
  • Right turns
  • Controlled intersections
  • Uncontrolled intersections
  • U-turns
  • Cross walks and stop bars
  • Backing

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

Highway driving

  • Entering the highway
  • Driving on the highway
  • Exiting the highway

Parking and turnabouts

  • Angle parking
  • Perpendicular parking
  • Two-point turn
  • Three-point turn

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

If a student requires additional training to complete the course, please contact the Driver Education administrative offices at 913-469-3836 so that we can determine how we can best help the student.

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.

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.

Students sign up for their initial driving lesson with the instructor. 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.

Because there are limited time slots available on the calendar, it is imperative that students show up for their driving time as scheduled. Notify your instructor 24 hours prior to the session that will be missed.  Any missed session is to be made up before the end of the driver education course. 

If cancellations or changes in the schedule are not made 24 hours in advance (with the instructor’s acknowledgement), there will be a $75 cancellation fee. Contact your instructor as soon as possible to discuss the absence and re-schedule the lesson.

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

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