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.
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.
American Safety Council
225 E. Robinson St
Orlando, FL 32801
I Drive Safely
5760 Fleet St., Suite 210
Carlsbad, CA 92008
National Driver Training Institute
4432 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918-2934
VADETS Online Driver Education Course
Virginia Association of Driver Education and Traffic Safety
A non-profit Virginia association for driver education teachers
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 Course
The 90-minute parent/student course is part of the classroom portion of the driver education curriculum for students under the age of 18. The course 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 §22.1-205 of the Code of Virginia.
- For students in Planning District 8 (counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park): The course must be completed in-person, and a parent or guardian is required to attend.
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
- 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
Driver Training 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).