Information & FAQs
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If you wish to get your learner permit at age 15, you must be enrolled in a driver education course and have a Certificate of Driver Education (CDE) form signed by the driving school showing proof of enrollment (you cannot print this form after registering, it must come from the driving school); you will also need additional BMV-required documents for the permit (we provide complete details in your enrollment packet.) You will need to allow sufficient time to have your enrollment processed and to receive these documents before taking the permit test; do not show up at a BMV branch without the appropriate documentation, they will not issue a permit without it. The CDE form is valid for 180 days from when it is dated by Behind The Wheel. If you are age 16 or older, you do not need a CDE form to get a permit, but you still must take the additional documentation required by the BMV.
Everyone must pass a written exam at the BMV to get a permit; a driving school cannot administer the permit test. Everyone in Indiana—regardless of age—must hold the permit for a minimum of 180 days, whether you take driver education or not. The BMV will also give you a 50-Hour Log when you get your permit; you are required by the State to document 50 hours of driving (40 day time and 10 night time) and submit this log when you are eligible for your license. The six hours of driving you do with Behind The Wheel’s instructors can be applied toward the 50-hour total. To become a competent, safe driver, it is crucial that you are practicing with family members between driving sessions with Behind The Wheel.
How to Get Behind the Wheel
Click here to register a student; registration must be done before making a payment.
In the drop-down box at the top of the form, select “Online Course” if you wish to do the full program, including the six hours of driving. If you have completed a different online course or classroom, select Drives Only. PLEASE NOTE: If you completed a different online course/classroom, you must provide Behind The Wheel with the Certificate of Completion from that course AND pay in full for the driving portion before Behind The Wheel will issue the Certificate of Driver Education (CDE) form that is required to get a permit if you are under age 16.
Complete the registration form with the student’s information; please note that if you have had another child go through the program previously, you must use a different email address for each student. TYPE IN THIS INFORMATION CAREFULLY; ALL BMV-REQUIRED PAPERWORK WILL GENERATE FROM WHAT IS ENTERED ON THE REGISTRATION FORM!
When you click “Submit”, you will be directed to our Shopping Cart, which includes all our program/pricing options. Please read the descriptions to understand what each option includes. You may pay online for the program of your choice or call 812-402-7058 during office hours to make a secure debit/credit payment. You may complete up to 6% of the online course prior to making a payment; but you will not be able to proceed any further with the course until you make a payment.
Please Note: you are not officially enrolled in the program until BTW completes the enrollment process. After we receive your registration and payment, we will accept you into the program, mail the enrollment packet (including the signed/dated CDE form required for a permit if under age 16), and email the link to the online course along with study materials attached to help you prepare for the written permit test that you must take at a BMV branch. Registrations/payments received by 4:00 pm Monday through Friday are normally completed the same day; after hours, and on weekends and holidays, these are completed the next business day.
You are NOT required to complete the online course before attempting to get your permit. Completing the first 25% or so of the course will cover much of what is on the written test, but you may take the written permit test at the BMV as soon as you feel confident. If you do not pass the test, you must wait at least 24 hours before taking it again. When you have your permit, you may drive with any relative age 25 or over that is a licensed driver.
Per State regulation, you may work up to three hours per 24-hour period on the online course; you will receive weekly emailed progress reports of your percentage completion. You may not schedule any driving sessions with Behind The Wheel until you are 100% complete with the online course, even if you have worked on it for more than 30 hours. Remember, that if you procrastinate on finishing the online course, you may not have enough time to complete your drive sessions with us to receive your license when you are eligible!
When you are 100% complete with the online course, it is your responsibility to call us to schedule your drive sessions. All drive scheduling is done by phone, and is on a first-come, first-serve basis, regardless of when you are eligible for your license. Behind The Wheel does NOT monitor your progress with the online course and will not contact you about driving. We suggest that in order to get comfortable in the car, students complete a few hours of driving practice with a family member prior to scheduling drives with our instructors (and continue to practice between driving sessions); this helps ensure that students will be able to master the various driving scenarios that the State requires us to teach. You may also apply the six hours of driving you do with Behind The Wheel to the State-required 50 hours of driving you must document and turn in to the BMV at license time.
You must allow a minimum of three months to complete the six hours of driving with us (or more if you are heavily involved in sports or other activities that limit your availability.) Please do not attempt to schedule drive sessions during an athletic season, band, play/musical, or any other activity that greatly impacts your availability to drive. There is no official time limit to complete the program, but if you do not plan accordingly and allow enough time to complete the online course and the drives, you may not be able to get your license when you are eligible.
Please visit the Program Options & Costs page on this site for information on the Missed Drive Fee, which may be assessed if you do not complete a scheduled drive.
NOTE: If school is canceled due to weather/road conditions, drives within that corporation are automatically canceled as well; please call 812-402-7058 to reschedule. On weekends, instructors will use their best judgement regarding the safety of conducting drives. Other factors (such as the recent pandemic) may also impede our ability to drive; Behind The Wheel reserves the right to temporarily suspend drive sessions at any time.
When you have successfully completed the online course and the six hours of driving, you are eligible to take the State-required drive test with Behind The Wheel (there are currently no waivers for drive tests available in Indiana.) Or you may take the test at the BMV free of charge in your own vehicle by setting up an appointment with a BMV examiner. If you purchase our Premier package, there is no additional charge for the drive test; for all other packages, the fee to add on the drive test with Behind The Wheel is $35. Drive tests are done by appointment only. In Evansville, drive tests are normally conducted from the BTW office on the north side of Evansville; we do not pick up for the drive test. For the outlying counties in our service area, we can arrange for you to test closer to home without having to travel to Evansville.
If you do your drive test with Behind The Wheel, we will give you the paperwork you will need when you go to the BMV to get your license. If you do not test with us, please call 812-402-7058 following the final drive and we will mail the necessary paperwork to show proof of program completion.
REMEMBER: If you do not complete a FULL program of driver education (classroom/online course and six hours of driving), you MUST take your drive test at the BMV; this is an Indiana regulation.
Why Should I Take Driver Education?
Enrolling in driver education allows a student to get a permit at age 15 versus age 16 without driver education; and 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. Many insurance companies also offer a discount for completing the program; please call your company’s agent for specifics.
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 home or school and return you 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 CDE paperwork signed by Behind The Wheel.
Can I take a practice Learner Permit test online?
Yes, click here to be directed to a free Indiana BMV practice test. 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. You may also wish to attend our free, optional permit prep seminar offered at Behind The Wheel every other Saturday (see the Seminars page for upcoming 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.
What if there's snow or ice on the road?
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 do the drive. We do not charge a No Show fee for hazardous road conditions or inclement weather.
What do I need to 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 can download the 50-hour log from the BMV here.) 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.
Both my son and daughter completed the entire program with Behind the Wheel. They are a top notch drive school. They are very well organized, professional and overall nice people. I highly recommend their services to everyone. Your new driver will be in good hands with Behind the Wheel Driving Academy!