Are you confused about how to take driver's education? Community Education offers state-certified Driver's Education. A state approved driver's education program meets the following minimum requirements: 30 hours of classroom instruction, six hours of behind-the-wheel instruction and six hours of observation. A certified teacher with a driver's education endorsement provides the instruction. Student must be 14 years old before the start date of class.

We do NOT offer Adult Driver's Education.

Driver's Education Attendance Policy:

Students are required to attend thirty (30) hours of in-classroom instruction and a total of twelve (12) hours of in-vehicle training-this includes six (6) hours of behind-the-wheel driving as well as six (6) hours of observation, which involves sitting in the backseat of the car, observing the other student driver in the vehicle. Successful completion of Driver's Education includes both the in-classroom portion and the in-vehicle training.

Students will not be excused for family vacations, camps or extracurricular activities. Students who cannot commit to the required days for driver education should not register. Should the student be absent more than three (3) hours of classroom time the student will be dropped from the class and will not receive a refund. The student will be required to complete hours missed up to three (3) hours by completing required assignments, or if necessary, will be required to make up the time missed.

Student is NOT required to have their Learner's Permit prior to their Driver's Education class. Driving times are separate from classroom time and will be scheduled during class.

If needing verification from your insurance company that your student passed Driver’s Ed, please have your insurance company provide a verification form, along with your student’s first and last name and birth date to Community Education. Information can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or send by fax to (605) 367-4637.

Behind-the-Wheel (BTW) Policy:

Students BTW time should begin after classroom portion ends. Students will schedule their BTW time during the first or second week of class.

It is absolutely essential for students to be at all BTW sessions. In order to provide a BTW session, the instructor must have a minimum of two (2) students in the car.

If a student cannot make his/her drive time and the partner cannot find a replacement, the BTW session has to be cancelled. The student who could not make the scheduled drive time will be charged a $50 make-up fee. The certificate will not be issued until the fee has been paid and the BTW sessions have been completed.

Students are advised to have a buddy on standby. Students may ask friends, classmates, relatives, parents to be on standby to ride along in case the other BTW student is a "no-show." By having a buddy on call, the student will be able to complete his/her BTW session as scheduled.

Effective January 1, 1999 South Dakota adopted the Graduated Licensing System.

Cancellation Policy:

If the student is unable to attend the class, you MUST call the Community Education office at least five (5) Business days prior to the first class meeting. With a five (5) Business day notice, we will be happy to transfer the student to another available class. If a class is not available, Community Education has a $50 non-refundable cancellation fee with the remainder of the registration fee applied as a credit to your original form of payment. If the Driver’s Ed student is on an Individual Education Plan (IEP) and needs the test read, please call (605) 367-4384 BEFORE the class starts to make arrangements.

The new law that will impact governing instruction permits and restricted minor's driving permits, which would have gone into effect on July 1st, 2020 has been temporarily suspended. The suspensions will continue for the duration of the COVID-19 State of Emergency.

Instruction Permit Students do not need their permit before the classroom portion.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Between the ages of 14 years old (by the first day of class) through the summer after a student's senior year
  • Written approval of parent/guardian.
  • Satisfactory performance in vision screening and knowledge tests (must pass with a 80%).


  • Must be held for a minimum of 180 days, unless Driver's Education has been successfully completed - then must be held for 90 days.
  • All driving must be supervised. May drive only with parent/guardian or designated adult over 18 years of age with one year driving experience.

Permit valid for one year.

Restricted Minor's Permit

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Between ages of 14 & 16 (An individual up to the age of 18 may hold a restricted permit).
  • Must have met all conditions of instruction permit.
  • Must have driven violation-free for 6 months.
  • Written approval of parent/guardian.


  • May drive
    • Without supervision from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. with parent or guardian's permission.
    • Between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. if the seat next to the permit holder is occupied by the minor's parent or guardian.

Operator License

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Between ages of 16 & 18.
  • Must have met all conditions of instruction permit.
  • Must have driven conviction-free for six months.
  • Written approval of parent/guardian.


  • Full driving privileges with no restrictions.