Frequently Asked Questions
Behind The Wheel Driving Academy
The first step in driver education is learning the rules of the road...but if you don't have time to sit in the classroom for 30 hours like in the old days, Behind The Wheel offers a state-accredited online course that can be completed whenever and wherever you and your technology like to hang out! With the online class, you work at your own pace; there is no time limit to finish the program (although we recommend working at it steadily since we cannot schedule drives for you until you complete the online portion.) You can register for the online class by clicking on the Get Started Here button on our home page; we partner with Driving Brilliance for online instruction. After you register, you will be provided with program/payment options (including the driving portion and mandatory drive test) to complete your enrollment. Once payment has been made in full, Behind The Wheel will accept you into the program and will send you (mail preferred, but we can email) the Certificate of Driver Education (CDE) paperwork you need to take to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to obtain your learner permit. The CDE form is valid for 60 days from the day it is dated. If it expires - or if you lose the form - you will need to call Behind The Wheel to request replacement paperwork; there is a $25.00 fee for this service. You do NOT have to complete the online course prior to attempting to get your permit; you may take the written permit test at the BMV whenever you feel you can pass it (we also send you a highlighted BMV manual and test review materials when you enroll.)
The online course covers the classroom portion of driver education; the second step in the program is completing six hours of driving with a Behind The Wheel instructor in our fully-insured vehicles.
When you have received your permit and are 100% complete with the online course, you will be allowed to start scheduling drives with Behind The Wheel. It is your responsibility to call 812-402-7058 to begin scheduling drives when you reach 100% completion; Behind The Wheel does not track this and will not contact you. Please note that it generally takes a minimum of two to three months to complete the driving portion; plan accordingly or contact us if you wish to discuss special circumstances.
Remember: Behind The Wheel recommends that you complete the classroom portion (online) within 120 days of starting the program but there is no official time limit to complete it and the program never expires.
When you have completed the online course and the six hours of driving, you are eligible to take the State-mandatory drive test. You may do this at the BMV free of charge in your own vehicle; or if you complete the full program with Behind The Wheel, we can administer your drive test for a $35.00 fee (unless pre-paid by purchasing the Premier Package option.)
If you do not see the answer to your question below, give us a call at 812-402-7058!
HOW DOES DRIVER EDUCATION WORK NOW?
The State of Indiana currently requires a written test at the BMV for the permit and a drive test either at the BMV or with an approved driver education program for the license. Enrolling in driver education allows a student to get a learner permit at age 15 versus age 16 without driver education; completing the full driver education program (online course and six hours of driving) allows a student to get a license at age 16 and 90 days versus 16 and 270 days without driver education.
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR YOUR PROGRAM?
Please click the "Get Started Here" button on our home page, click "Register", fill out the registration form WITH THE STUDENT'S INFORMATION, NOT THE PARENT'S and then hit the submit button; you will then be directed to our shopping cart to purchase the program of your choice. You may register online for free, but must choose one of our three program options, be at least 15 years of age, and pay for your selected program option to complete the enrollment and begin the online course. You may attempt to get your learner permit prior to completing the online instruction (we recommend first studying the manual and other materials we provide to you when you register, and completing approximately 25% of the online course, which will cover much of the material on the test); but you may not schedule any drives with Behind The Wheel until you are 100% complete with the online course.
WHAT IS THE COST OF THE PROGRAM?
Behind The Wheel offers three program options; please visit the Program Options/Rates page for complete details. For the driving sessions, we pick you up at your house or at school and return you to your starting point when finished; there is no extra charge for this service. We offer a payment plan program option in addition to our Standard and Premier programs to help make driver education more affordable. If you wish to cancel enrollment, you must notify us within three days (72 hours) of enrollment; no refunds will be issued after this time or after the student has received the official State paperwork signed by Behind The Wheel.
HOW DO I GET MY PERMIT?
After you register and make payment to complete your enrollment, we will mail you the official forms that you will need to obtain your permit at the BMV. You will also need to take the following items to the BMV: ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE, SOCIAL SECURITY CARD, CDE FORM (which we provide) and TWO PROOFS OF ADDRESS with the student's name on them (the Proof of Registration form that we also send you counts as one proof of address.) The BMV requires you to take a written test and a vision test. The fee is $9.50 for the permit, payable to the BMV, when you pass your written test. Once you have your permit, you are then eligible to drive with any relative age 25 or over that is a licensed driver. You must hold your permit for 180 days, no matter what age you are when you get it.
ARE THERE ANY ONLINE BMV TESTING SITES THAT I CAN LOOK AT IN ORDER TO PREPARE FOR THE LEARNER PERMIT WRITTEN TEST?
Yes. Go to "GOOGLE" and type in "Indiana Permit Test." Three sample written tests will be offered. You may take the exams as many times as you wish until you feel comfortable enough to go to the BMV and take the exam. There is no charge to take the practice exams and it is NOT necessary to pay for any practice tests. You may also wish to attend our free, optional permit prep seminar offered at Behind The Wheel every other Saturday (see the Seminars page on our site for dates). If you register and pay for a Behind The Wheel program, we will also email you review sheets and a highlighted BMV manual that will help you study for the test.
WHO MAY I DRIVE WITH WHEN I RECEIVE MY LEARNER PERMIT?
You may start driving immediately with Mom, Dad, or any relative over the age of 25 that holds a valid Indiana Driver's License. There are some restrictions as to when you can drive on a learner permit...check your BMV Driving Manual or contact the BMV for more information.
HOW DO I SCHEDULE DRIVES WITH BEHIND THE WHEEL?
Driving is by appointment only and all drives are scheduled by phone; please call the BTW office at 812-402-7058 between 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon on Saturday (Central time). The office is closed on Sunday. Drives are scheduled based upon instructor availability within your zip code and are first come, first serve; we typically schedule two or three drives when you call to ensure availability for everyone in the program. Remember to plan accordingly to allow a minimum of two to three months to complete your driving sessions (or more if you have limited availability due to athletics or other activities), or you may not be able to get your license when you want it!
WHAT IF THERE IS SNOW OR ICE ON THE ROADS?
It is the policy of Behind The Wheel that if school is canceled due to weather, drives are also canceled. If school is delayed, no drives will take place prior to the revised start time; and if school is dismissed early, no drives will take place following the dismissal time. On weekends, instructors will use their best judgement about road conditions, and will contact students if they do not believe it is safe to conduct the drive.
WHAT DO I TAKE TO THE BMV TO GET MY LICENSE?
When you reach age 16 and 90 days, have held your permit for at least 180 days, and have completed all requirements for a license, you will need to take a Certificate of Completion for the classroom portion of Driver Education and a signed Completion Form for the six hours of driving (both forms are provided by BTW); the BMV-issued 50-hour driving log; and your permit. You will take a vision test at the BMV, and the permit will then be converted to a license (no additional written test is required to obtain a license.) If you do the online course and driving sessions with BTW but are going to take your drive test at the BMV, please call us a few days in advance of that appointment to obtain the necessary paperwork.