Teen Process

Gold Teen Driving  (30 Hrs/8hrs/No observation time) (15-17 Yrs)

Includes:

  • 30 Hours of in-Class Training
  • BTW - 8 hours private Behind The Wheels 
  • Home, work or school pick up for Behind the wheels class (BTW)
  • Unlimited practice exams & review for the State exam
  • Meet basic State requirements

The total cost for this class is $499 but you can reserve your spot with $100 dollars down payment. The remaining amount will be charged at your first class

$100 USD

Number of lessons

No. Classes: 15 classroom/ 4 behind the wheels/ behind the wheels class is 2 hrs each

Lesson hours

No. Hours: 30 classroom / 8 behind the wheels

Class schedule

Monday - Thursday 6-8pm
Please choose the date you will come for your first class

Secretary of State requires students under the age of 18 years to complete 30 hours of classroom instruction, 6 hours of behind the wheel (BTW) instruction and 6 hours of in car observation or 8 hours of private BTW instruction. 

Prior to issuing a certificate of completion for a student, the student must verify that he/she is enrolled in school and has received a passing grade in at least 8 courses during 2 semesters.  Per State requirements, up to 4 classroom times can be missed in a session but must be made up in other sessions in order for your student to qualify for their driver’s license. Student must complete the entire program of classroom and BTW within  9 months from the date of the first classroom lesson.  YOUR TEEN IS NOT REQUIRED TO HAVE A PERMIT BEFORE STARTING CLASS! We will cover all processes to apply during the first week of class

Our classes are fully insured, licensed, certified and endorsed by the Office of the Secretary of State. All our Instructors have a complete background check and are certified.

Start the Process - Turning 15

When the student turns 15 they can be enrolled in a driving class.  They must also be able to provide  a high school report card showing proof of 8 passing grades within the past two semesters.  If student is home schooled, dropped out of school or cannot meet the grade requirements please call us for more information.

Enroll in Class

Enroll in class either online, phone, email, fax, in person.  Choose the classroom time that best suits your personal schedules.  At time of registration you choose the classroom time only, BTW times will be booked later on an individual basis after student acquires the learning permit.

For a teen not looking to drive, and just needs to fulfill high school requirements, the CLASSROOM ONLY option is available which will not allow for a learner's permit

Make sure you have your report card or completed blue sheet  for the first week of class.  When registering, make a note of the user name and the password you chose - you will need this information to log into the system to review classroom schedule AND to book all of the BTW lessons.

Required forms to start class

  • For the first day of class you should bring:
  • Black/blue and red pen
  • Folder
  • Paper
  • Signed copy of the,Teen Program Contract  (attached file)
  • Payment for any balance due

Proof of eight passing grades in the past two semesters or completed required form.  You can have one of the following items proving academic eligibility:

  • Copy of report cards that shows 8 passing grades within the past 2 semesters  OR
  • Blue Form (form if you are an incoming freshman)   OR
  • Yellow form (if you are home schooled) OR
  • Pink Form (if you are  in school but do not have the required grades) OR
  • Contact us if you dropped out school or already graduated another State or a foreign country.

Per State of Illinois rules, a student is allowed to miss up to 4 classes within a session, all of which must be made up. If more than 4 classes are missed the student is required to take the course again in its entirety, per state law. A reinstatement fee of $150 apply.

Getting a driving permit

After completing the second week of class the student will be able to take the permit test at the Drivers License Facility of your choice. Click here for locations.   To obtain a learners permit, student must pass a Rules of the Road test.  To prepare for this, they must read the Rules of the Road book and be able to understand all of it.  We cover this information during the first week of class.

You will be required to bring the following items:

  • Permit application –You will be received in class and must be signed by your instructor.
  • Original copy of birth certificate or passport
  • Eyeglasses or contact lenses if you wear them (you will be taking an eye exam)
  • Social Security Card
  • A $20 check, cash or money order made out to "Secretary of State"
  • Proof of where applicant live (Something with their address on as report card, bank statement, State ID, etc.)
  • Proof of signature (Something with their signature on as school ID, passport, debit card, etc.)

Click here for acceptable ID requirements

Behind the Wheel (BTW) Class

Student DOES NOT have to complete the classroom portion of our program before driving with us!  Once the student has obtained their permit, they can schedule their behind the wheel (BTW) portion of their class. Our times are very flexible and we pick your student up at your house, work or school (Free within 15 miles).

During your BTW sessions your teen will learn, among many other things the following:

  • Rules of the road
  • Emergency situations
  • Basic driving skills
  • Controlling the car
  • Driving with confidence and Positive attitude
  • Left and right turns
  • Defensive driving
  • Parking on hills 
  • Right of way
  • Decision Making
  • Reversing and backing up 
  • Expressway and Highway driving
  • Merging and lane changing

Your teen MUST complete all of their BTW's within nine months of starting this course. failure to complete the BTW requirements within nine months will result in a cancellation of their permit.

Complete all State requirements

Your child will be required to meet these standards in order to take their final drivers exam at the DMV:

  • Completed 30 hours of classroom instruction with pass grade
  • 6 BTW hours
  • 6 Observation hours
  • Or in lieu of  6 hours BTW and 6 hours observation, student can take 8 hours of private BTW instruction
  • 50 hours of documented driving (10 of which must be a night)
  • Be minimum age of 16
  • Had your drivers permit for a minimum of 9 months
  • Must have provided EZ Way Driving School with proof of grade eligibility (Blue form or other form).
     

Get your driver's license

Once your teen has completed the requirements and all fees due to EZ Way Driving School have been paid, we will send notification to the Secretary of State. They will then send, to your home, the required form for you to take your final test at the Driver Services Facility (within 2-3 weeks). Once you have received the Certification of Completion letter you will need to take the following items to the Drivers Services Facility:

  • Certification of Completion Letter.
  • Social Security Card
  • Certified copy of your birth certificate
  • Document showing current address (mail, bank statement, school transcript etc.)
  • Instruction permit
  • Valid insurance card
  • Vehicle registration
  • 50 hour certification form
  • Parent/legal guardian consent for minor to drive.  

Get high school credit for this class

Once the course is completed we will  give you the necessary paperwork for you to bring to your school for high school credit.

Graduated Driver Licensing Program
Learning how to be a good driver takes time. Along with the involvement of parents, Illinois’ Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Program will help teens gain the experience they need for a lifetime of safe, responsible driving. Since implementation of the new GDL provisions in 2008, teen driving deaths in the state are down by nearly 60 percent. As a result, Illinois’ GDL Program has been lauded by traffic safety organizations across the country and remains a national model for teen driver safety.

When you turn 15, you may apply for an instruction permit with the written consent of your parent or legal guardian. Upon enrolling in an approved driver education course, passing a written driver’s knowledge test and a vision test, you’ll be issued an instruction permit.
  • Parent/legal guardian consent required to obtain an instruction permit.
  • Must be enrolled in an approved driver education course, and must pass vision and written tests.
  • Nighttime driving restrictions — Sun.-Thurs., 10 p.m.-6 a.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 p.m.-6 a.m. (local curfews may differ).
  • Permit must be held for a minimum of nine months.
  • Must practice driving a minimum of 50 hours, including 10 hours at night, supervised by a parent or adult age 21 or older with a valid driver’s license.
  • Must not acquire any driving convictions during the nine-month permit phase.
  • Number of passengers limited to one in the front seat and the number of safety belts in the back seat.
  • All occupants must wear safety belts.
  • Cell phone use while driving including a hands free device, is prohibited for drivers under age 19, except in the case of an emergency.
  • Texting while driving is prohibited.
  • Permit is valid for up to two years.

Sanctions

  • To obtain court supervision for a traffic violation, a driver must appear in court with a parent/legal guardian and also must attend traffic safety school. Limit one court supervision for serious driving offenses.
  • A moving violation conviction results in a nine-month waiting period before applying for a driver’s license.
  • Not eligible for any hardship permit.
  • Anyone caught driving without a permit is ineligible to obtain a driver’s license until age 18.
  • Any person under age 18 who has unresolved traffic citations will be denied issuance of a driver’s license.
  • Driver's License Suspension for Nighttime Driving Restriction Violation – A person under the age of 18 who violates the nighttime driving restriction may have their driving privileges suspended.

When you turn 16 and have driven conviction-free on an instruction permit for at least nine months, you can apply for an initial driver’s license. 

  • Parent/legal guardian must certify that a minimum of 50 hours of practice driving, including 10 hours at night, has been completed.
  • Parent/legal guardian must accompany teen to provide written consent to obtain a driver’s license, OR complete and notarize an Affidavit/Consent for Minor to Drive form.
  • Must have completed a state-approved driver education course.
  • Nighttime driving restrictions — Sun.-Thurs., 10 p.m.-6 a.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 p.m.-6 a.m. (local curfews may differ).
  • Must maintain a conviction-free driving record for six months prior to turning 18 before moving to the Full Licensing Phase. A traffic conviction during the Initial Licensing Phase may extend restrictions beyond age 18.
  • All occupants must wear safety belts.
  • For the first 12 months of licensing, or until the driver turns 18, whichever occurs first, the number of passengers is limited to one person under age 20, unless the passenger(s) is a sibling, stepsibling, child or stepchild of the driver. After this period, the number of passengers is limited to one in the front seat and the number of safety belts in the back seat.
  • Cell phone use while driving including a hands free device, is prohibited for drivers under age 19, except in the case of an emergency.
  • Texting while driving is prohibited.

Sanctions

  • To obtain court supervision for a traffic violation, a driver must appear in court with a parent/legal guardian and also must attend traffic safety school. Limit one court supervision for serious driving offenses.
  • A moving violation conviction before age 18 generates a Secretary of State warning letter to the parent and teenager.
  • A moving violation conviction that occurs within the first year of licensing will result in a six-month extension of the passenger limitation, which allows only one unrelated passenger under age 20.
  • Two moving violation convictions occurring within a 24-month period results in a minimum one-month driver’s license suspension. Suspension length is determined by the seriousness of the offenses and the driver’s prior driving history. An additional driver’s license suspension will result for each subsequent moving violation following the initial suspension.
  • Suspended drivers must attend a remedial education course, may be retested and must pay a $70 reinstatement fee.
  • Any person under age 18 who has unresolved traffic citations will be denied issuance of a driver’s license.
  • Driver's License Suspension for Nighttime Driving Restriction Violation – A person under the age of 18 who violates the nighttime driving restriction may have their driving privileges suspended.

When you turn 18, you’re eligible for a full, unrestricted license if you’ve held a conviction-free initial license for at least six months.

  • No age-related restrictions apply except in cases where a driver fails to move from the Initial Licensing Phase to the Full Licensing Phase.
  • Cell phone use while driving including a hands free device, is prohibited for drivers under age 19, except in the case of an emergency.
  • Texting while driving is prohibited.
  • Effective July 1, 2014, a person age 18-20, who did not take an approved driver education course in high school must successfully complete a six hour adult driver education course before obtaining a driver’s license.

Sanctions

  • Limit one court supervision for serious driving offenses.
  • Two moving violation convictions occurring within a 24-month period results in a minimum one-month driver’s license suspension. Suspension length is determined by the seriousness of the offenses and the driver’s prior driving history. An additional driver’s license suspension will result for each subsequent moving violation following the initial suspension.
  • Suspended drivers are required to pay a $70 reinstatement fee.

 

Laws Parents and Teens Should Know

  • Parental Consent — Drivers ages 16-17 must have the written consent of a parent/legal guardian to obtain a driver’s license. The parent/legal guardian who gave initial consent may cancel the minor’s license at any time, for any reason, until the driver turns 18 by contacting the Secretary of State’s office. Driving privileges will not be reinstated until the parent/legal guardian who withdrew consent, once again provides consent or until the driver turns 18, whichever occurs first. The teen driver must reapply for a driver’s license, take all applicable exams and pay the appropriate fees.
  • Parental Access to Teen Driving Records — Parents may view their teen's (under age 18) driving record free through the Secretary of State Web site. Several security features will protect the teen's privacy and ensure that only the parents/legal guardians are granted access to the teen's driving record. Parental Access to Teen Driving Records
  • Driver's License Suspension for Alcohol Consumption — A person under the age of 21 who is found guilty or granted court supervision for a violation of state law or local ordinance relating to illegal consumption, possession, purchase or receipt of alcohol, regardless of whether a vehicle was involved will face a loss of driving privileges, in addition to any fine imposed. Court supervision for any of these offenses will result in a 3 month suspension of driving privileges; a first conviction results in a 6 month suspension of driving privileges; a second conviction results in a 12 month suspension of driving privileges and a third or subsequent conviction will result in a revocation of driving privileges.
  • Street Racing — Driving privileges will be revoked for any person convicted of street racing, and law enforcement may impound the vehicle for up to five days.

RELATED TEEN DRIVING LAWS 
• Cell phone Ban — Cellphone/wireless use while driving, including a hands-free device, is prohibited for drivers under age 19, except in the case of an emergency to contact a law enforcement agency, health care provider or emergency services agency.
• Texting Ban — Texting while driving, regardless of age, is prohibited.
• Adult Driver Education — A person ages 18-20 who did not take an approved driver education course must successfully complete a six-hour Adult Driver Education course before obtaining a driver’s license.

• Traffic Citations — A person under age 18 who has any unresolved traffic citations may not be issued a driver’s license.

  1. Register for drivers education.
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  2. Select your drivers education services.
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  3. Schedule your driving sessions.
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