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Driver Education Information for Home Schoolers

If you are an approved home schooler, driver education can be taught at home. The student must currently be enrolled in a home-schooled program approved by your school division superintendent.

Classroom Component

The student can complete the classroom portion of the course at a Driver Training School, a public or private school, or through one of the correspondence courses listed below.

If you are not a home-schooled student but wish to take an online driver education course, refer to Online Driver Training Schools.

  • DriverEdToGo
  • 1620 26th Street
  • Suite 1000 N
  • Santa Monica, CA 90404
  • 1-866-749-4445
  • National Driver Training Institute
  • 4432 Austin Bluffs Parkway
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918-2934
  • 1-800-942-2050
  • VADETS OnLine Driver Education Course
  • Virginia Association of Driver Education and Traffic Safety
  • A non-profit Virginia association for driver education teachers
  • (804) 512-0101

[DISCLAIMER: Approval of correspondence courses by the Superintendent of Public Instruction is not an endorsement of the educational or operational philosophy of the school. The approval of the courses is also not intended as an endorsement of the quality of the courses nor is it a conclusion that they are appropriate to meet the educational needs of the student. The Superintendent of Public Instruction assumes no liability for damages of financial loss to parents using any of the courses listed above.]

90-Minute Parent/Teen Component

This additional minimum 90-minute parent/student driver education component is part of the in-classroom portion of the driver education curriculum and emphasizes parental responsibilities regarding juvenile driver behavior, juvenile driving restrictions and the dangers of driving while intoxicated and underage consumption of alcohol, as required by Virginia Code ยง22.1-205.

  • Students under age 18 in Planning District 8 (counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park) must participate in this component, along with a parent or guardian, as part of the in-classroom portion of the driver education curriculum. The course must be completed in person.
  • Students under age 18 outside of Planning District 8 may be required by their school division to participate in this component, along with their parent or guardian, as part of the in-classroom portion of the driver education curriculum. The course can be completed in person or online. To find which school divisions require the completion of this additional component, refer to School Divisions Requiring 90-Minute Parent/Teen Component. NOTE: The 90-minute parent/teen component is not currently available through an online driver training school. Students, along with their parent, guardian, or foster parent, can complete the component in person at their high school or at a driver training school or online at

In-Car Component

For information regarding the in-car portion of the course, refer to the Home-Schooled In-Car Driver Education Information Sheet (HS-3). This form contains information on:

  • Parent/guardian qualifications
  • Instructions
  • Student requirements
  • Issuance of the driver's license

To apply for authorization to teach the in-car portion to your child, complete a Home-Schooled In-Car Driver Education Parental Authorization Application (HS-1). Attach a letter from the school division superintendent or designee acknowledging that the child is home-schooled OR a copy of notification to the school division superintendent or designee of your intent to home-school the child, enclose the original proof of completion of the classroom portion of the Driver Education program, and mail to:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Commercial Licensing Work Center
  • P. O. Box 27412
  • Richmond, VA 23269-0001

A separate HS-1 form, letter and proof of completion must be submitted for each child.

Three Exam Failure

The home-schooled student who fails the Driver General Knowledge or Behind the Wheel (Road Skills) test three times cannot take the test a fourth time until he/she has successfully passed a driver education course. For information, refer to the Home-Schooled Requirements Information Sheet (HS-4).