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Driver Education

A Complete Driver Education Program Conducted by Certified Instructors

 

Phase 1:

Classroom Training


Intended primarily for district residents, classroom training is for participants who are 15 years old at the end of the session. After finishing the classroom session, students will receive a “blue card”. The student will provide the blue card when applying for an instruction permit. Cost for replacement of lost or damaged blue cards is $10.

Once the permit has been obtained, both the student and parent/guardian will need to visit the Community Services office in person to register for Behind-the-Wheel.

Class registration forms are available at the Northfield High School main office, the Community Services office, or on this page—when registration is open.

winter/spring 2019

Please register in person at the Community Services office or by mail/fax. Call 507.664.3649 with questions about registration or classes. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Session 1

$162 | 3-6 p.m. | January 7-18 (weekdays only) 10 three-hour sessions at Northfield High School room H124. Registration opens December 7 and ends January 2, or when class is full.

Session 2

$162 | 6-9 p.m. | March 8-22 (weekdays only, no class March 12) 10 three-hour sessions at Northfield High School room H124. Registration opens December 7 and ends March 1, or when class is full.

Classroom Registration Form

MN Driver’s Manual

Phase 2:

Behind-the-Wheel Training


The six-hour Behind-the-Wheel experience is available by appointment following completion of the classroom session. To register, students must visit the Community Services office in-person to provide their instruction permit number, completed registration form, and payment to secure a place on our Behind-the-Wheel driving wait-list.

The registration form is available at the Northfield High School main office, Community Services and online below.

The cost of the training is $242. After successful completion of Behind-the-Wheel training, students will receive a certificate of completion “white card,” which is necessary to apply for a driver’s license. Cost for replacement of lost or damaged white cards is $10.

If you fail to attend the driving appointment:

    1. A drop/add fee of $30 will be assessed to schedule another appointment
    2. If money is refunded, $30 will be subtracted from the registration fee

Please register in person at the Community Services office or by mail/fax. Call 507.664.3649 with questions about registration or classes.

Behind-the-Wheel Registration Form

Behind-the-Wheel Information Sheet

Supervised Driving Log

New! Cones Now Available

Cones are available for your family to use when practicing driving skills. Visit our office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. –  4:30 p.m. to check out cones for two days at no charge.

Please call 507-664-3649 for more information.

Driving Log State Requirements

Effective January 1, 2015, every driver under the age of 18 who completes behind the wheel instruction and is testing for a provisional driver’s license must submit a driving log. Parents/guardians have two options regarding the supervised driving log (see below). The driving log must be presented at the time of the road test and submitted with the application for the provisional license.

Option 1: Complete a supplemental parent class provided by a driver education program approved in Minnesota (see Parent Awareness Presentation information), and then submit a supervised driving log showing their teen has completed at least 40 hours (2,400 minutes) of supervised driving, 15 (900 minutes) of which are nighttime hours.

Option 2: If the parent/guardian chooses to not complete the supplemental parent class, the driving log must show that their teen has completed at least 50 hours (3,000 minutes) of supervised driving, 15 (900 minutes) of which are nighttime hours.

Parent Awareness Presentation

Point of Impact is a free, supplemental curriculum night for parents held by Community Services. Teen drivers are encouraged to attend.
Presenters include Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn and Community Services Driving Instructor Doug Bengtson.

Next presentation: Tuesday, January 8, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the High School Upper Cafeteria