Driver's education

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Notice: Beginning July 1, 2021, the Parent Taught Driver Education Program will no longer be exclusive for families who homeschool their children. The program will be available to any student, who would otherwise qualify, currently attending a public school, accredited nonpublic school, or who is receiving homeschool education under chapter 299A.

Parent-taught (home-school) driver education

Parent-taught driver education was created and authorized by the Iowa legislature for parents that wish to teach driver education to their own children. There are 3 simple steps to meet requirements and the first step is optional but recommended.

The information below contains the requirements, process, and Iowa DOT approved courses.

*Processing for each submitted completion with correct documentation may take up to 10 – 14 days.


STEP 1 (OPTIONAL)

PARENT COMPLETES AND SUBMITS PRE-QUALIFICATION APPLICATION.

While this first step is optional it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED because not every family is going to meet the requirements to qualify for the parent-taught program.

By completing pre-qualification you will know ahead of time that specific requirements have been met and we’ll provide you with direct email confirmation containing further directions and the documents needed to submit the final application for completion.

The pre-qualification process is simple and consists of us verifying driving records of any teaching parent along with chosen curriculum from our list in step 2 below.

To be pre-qualified, a parent must submit the Parent Taught Driver Education Pre-Qualification application online or print it, complete it, and submit it via email to ParentTaught.DE@iowadot.us.

STUDENT REQUIREMENTS

  • Possess a valid instruction permit.
  • Age 14-21.
  • In legal custody and control of teaching parent.
  • Currently attending public school, accredited nonpublic school or receiving homeschool education under chapter 299A.

PARENT REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be parent, guardian or legal custodian of student.
  • Possess a valid Iowa driver's license, other than a motorized bicycle license or a temporary restricted license. Must have a clear driving record for the previous two years which means the individual has not been identified as a candidate for suspension or revocation of a driver’s license under the habitual violator or habitual offender provisions of the department’s regulations; is not subject to a driver’s license suspension, revocation, denial, cancellation, disqualification, or bar; and has no record of a conviction for a moving traffic violation determined to be the cause of a motor vehicle accident.

You can review your current driving record at mymvd.iowadot.gov/


IF THE PRE-QUALIFICATION IS APPROVED

Application is approved If the pre-qualification is approved, the parent will receive a confirmation email containing complete instructions and forms needed to complete the program directly from the DOT.

 

IF THE PRE-QUALIFICATION IS NOT APPROVED

Application is deniedIf requirements are not met, the Iowa DOT will send a denial letter explaining exactly why and what remedies might be available or options for traditional driver education programs.


STEP 2

COMPLETING COURSE REQUIREMENTS

The teaching parent may purchase course material directly from the course provider and begin instruction. See the list of approved courses below.

Approved courses

The following course providers have been approved by the Iowa DOT. Please indicate which of the following courses you will use on your application. After you receive approval from the Iowa DOT to teach the course, you may purchase the course material directly from the course provider.



Become an approved provider

Want to be an approved course provider?
Apply now to get approved by the Iowa DOT.

Attention course providers: Course providers will be approved for one calendar year or for the remainder of a calendar year and must renew annually by submitting a new application and required course materials at least 60 days prior to the expiration date.

Student successfully completes an approved course, including required classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction.

Parent submits the Application for Parent-Taught Driver Education Certificate of Completion to the Iowa DOT. The following items must be included with every submitted completion:

  • Application for Parent-Taught Driver Education Program Completion
  • Approved course completion certificate or copies or printouts of written tests.
  • Copy of a completed driving log documenting 30 hours of street or highway driving instruction including 3 hours of night driving, the dates and times when the lessons were conducted and notes on driving activities including a list of driving deficiencies and improvements, and the duration of the driving time for each session.

Course completion materials should be emailed directly to: ParentTaught.DE@iowadot.us

or they may be mailed to:

Iowa Department of Transportation
Drivers Central Programs Bureau
P.O. Box 9204
Des Moines, IA 50306

The Iowa DOT will review the submitted materials. If requirements are met, the Iowa DOT will email a certificate of completion to the parent and student. If the course completion material is unsatisfactory, the Iowa DOT will send an email explaining the reason it was not approved.


STEP 3

OBTAINING DRIVING PRIVILEGES

***All students completing parent taught driver education are required to schedule and pass a driver skills test with a Certified DOT Consultant***

After receiving the certificate of completion, the student MUST pass a driving test with a certified DOT consultant before obtaining driving privileges. The student and parent may schedule their driving test at any Iowa driver’s license service center. The student and parent should bring the following items with them to the service center issuance site:

  • Proof of insurance (required for the driving test).
  • Student’s valid instruction permit.
  • Student’s Certificate of Completion from the Iowa DOT.
  • If the parent does not accompany the minor to the driver’s license site, the student must bring a parental consent form.
  • $8 for required license fees.


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For questions about parent-taught driver education, please contact parenttaught.de@iowadot.us or call general information at 515-244-8725.