Top Driver FAQ’s

Illinois Teen Driver Ed FAQs

To enroll, individuals must reach the age of 15 on or before the final scheduled classroom session of their program. On the Top Driver website after entering your zip code, select your Top Driver location and input your date of birth to view the classes for which you are eligible.

To enroll, individuals must reach the age of 15 on or before the final scheduled classroom session of their program. On the Top Driver website after entering your zip code, select your Top Driver location and input your date of birth to view the classes for which you are eligible.

To enroll, individuals must reach the age of 15 on or before the final scheduled classroom session of their program. On the Top Driver website after entering your zip code, select your Top Driver location and input your date of birth to view the classes for which you are eligible.

There are 15 classroom sessions, each session is 2-hours in length.

The expectation is that students will make every effort to attend all classes without any absences. If a student misses a classroom session, then a makeup session must be scheduled. The student policy allows students to reschedule no more than 4 classroom sessions. If more than 4 classroom sessions need to be rescheduled, the student will be required to start the program again and pay the associated reinstatement fee.

Makeup classes must be scheduled by phone with Customer Service: 1.800.374.8373. The makeup policy stipulates that students are allowed to reschedule no more than 4 classroom sessions.

Teens enrolled in an approved Driver Education program become eligible to apply for an Instruction Permit at the age of 15. The Top Driver classroom instructor will provide the Instruction Permit Application on the first day of class and a practice test will be given on Day 2. Students can then bring their signed Permit Application with them to the DMV to take the Permit Test. Instruction Permit Requirements. Required documentation to apply for an Instruction Permit.

Yes, students take a final exam on Day 15 of class. The students must obtain a minimum score of 75% to pass the final exam. If the student is unable to pass the exam in two attempts, they must retake the classroom phase of training at a cost of $200.

In Illinois, students have 9 months from the first day of their classroom session to successfully complete the entire program, which includes both classroom sessions and behind-the-wheel instruction.

The Instruction Permit is valid for 2 years from the date of issue.

In Illinois, students must provide proof of good standing with their high school to enroll in driver education. The Grade Verification Form must be submitted to Top Driver prior to the end of class.

Students must hold their permit for a minimum of 9 months from the date of issue. Additional requirements can be viewed on the Secretary of State Facility Checklist.

Teens must obtain an Instruction permit (see above) to drive with a parent.

Once a student obtains their Instruction Permit and enters a valid permit number in their Top Driver Signals account then they can begin scheduling behind the wheel lessons with Top Driver.

Students enrolled in Top Driver Silver must complete 6 hours of behind the wheel training and 6 hours of observation. Students enrolled in Top Driver Gold or higher, must complete 8 hours of behind the wheel training (no observation is required).

Behind-the-wheel training involves a student operating the training vehicle, while observation occurs when a student observes another student’s driving lesson from the backseat of the training vehicle.

Behind the wheel training is scheduled in 1-hour increments.

Students should expect to complete one behind the wheel training session a minimum of 15 days apart.

Top Driver students will complete no more than one hour of behind the wheel instruction per day.

Our cancellation policy: A fee will be assessed for behind the wheel lessons which are missed or cancelled with less than 48-hour notice.

Any changes to enrollment, location, or start date may be subject to a $200 fee.

A hard copy certificate of completion is not mandatory. Prior to visiting a Secretary of State Facility to apply for a driver's license, completion of driver education must be updated/posted to the applicant's driving record.
Students should check their eligibility to apply for a driver’s license on the Driver's Education Course Completion checker tool.

The Top Driver Teen Checklist outlines the licensing process and includes road test requirements. Top Driver is an approved provider of the IL SOS Cooperative Road Test. The details are on the Top Driver website and Top Driver Signals.

Additional Resources

50-Hour Practice Driving Log

Top Driver Completion Checklist

How to obtain your license at the age of 16

Secretary of State Online Tool to check the status of your completion.

Il Graduated Driver License Driver Services

Feel free to contact Top Driver if you have additional questions! 

custserv@topdriver.com / 1.800.374.8373

Ohio Teen Driver Ed FAQs

ONLINE - Teens become eligible for Driver Education at the age of 15 years and 5 months old. The driving and online instruction phase can be completed separately, allowing students to choose different driving schools for each phase. Online students have 180 days to complete the online course and an additional 180 days to finish behind the wheel instruction.

N-PERSON - Students enrolled in in-person classes are required to complete their behind-the-wheel training with the same driving school. Meanwhile, in-person students are granted 180 days to complete both classroom sessions, and behind the wheel training. If you are 15 and 5 months old, you can start your Driver Education journey with Top Driver!

Ohio’s teen licensing process encompasses classroom instruction, behind the wheel training and the road test.  The program can be completed online, or in-person at a Top Driver Education Center.  Students will complete 24 hours of online or classroom instruction.  At the age of 15 years and 6 months old, students are eligible to apply for the  Temporary Instruction Permit.  The Classroom or Online phase of training must be completed to schedule mandatory behind the wheel instruction.  Students may be eligible for the road test at the age of 16 years old.  Top Driver programs start regularly and reach capacity quickly. 

Ohio grants students 180 days from the start date to complete the online program.  Four hours of online learning is allowed each day.  A state-mandated 10-minute break is required after every two hours of online learning.

Students are allowed to miss class if there is a valid reason.  Missed classes must be rescheduled on Top Driver Signals, and students will not be eligible to take the final written exam until all rescheduled classes have been attended.  To ensure a smooth learning experience, we recommend that students stick to the class schedule.   

Students must achieve a final written exam score of at least 75% to pass. No more than three attempts to pass the final exam are permitted by the state of Ohio. Students who do not pass the final exam after 3 attempts will be required to retake the classroom OR online program.

Teens Under the age of 18 are required to complete a Driver Education program to obtain a driver license.

You can enroll in a Top Driver program and start the online class without your permit. You must, however, obtain your permit to begin behind the wheel training. To apply for your Temporary Permit you must be at least 15 years and 6 months of age.

At 15 years and 6 months, you can complete the knowledge test online at the Ohio BMV-Online or go to any driver exam station to take the knowledge test and vision screening to begin the temporary permit process. Once the knowledge test and vision screening are passed you can proceed to a BMV deputy registrar license agency to purchase a TIPIC within 60 days of passing the test.

The first behind the wheel lesson can be up to one month from the time it is scheduled.  The timeframe will vary depending on the season. Scheduling for behind-the-wheel instruction may take longer during the summer months due to higher demand for services. Behind the wheel training is scheduled through the student portal, Top Driver Signals

When the classroom or online phase of training has been successfully completed and the student has obtained a Temporary Instruction Permit, they can proceed to schedule their behind-the-wheel training on the Top Driver Signals.   Students must provide TIPIC information to schedule behind-the-wheel lessons. 

The student must present their original Temporary Instruction Permit (TIPIC) to the instructor at the beginning of each lesson. This is a legal requirement. If you fail to bring your TIPIC, the lesson will be cancelled with a late cancellation fee.

Behind the wheel lessons are typically 2 hours in length. Lessons customarily start and end at the Top Driver Education Center which you enrolled.

A no-show fee will be assessed for each missed driving hour. Students arriving for behind the wheel training, without their permit will have the lesson cancelled and will be assessed a late cancel/no show fee for each hour of cancelled training.

Behind the wheel training must be cancelled on Top Driver Signals.  To cancel an appointment without incurring a late cancel fee, a minimum of 48-hour notice is required.

All classroom and behind-the-wheel training must be successfully completed to receive a Driver Training Certificate of Completion. Students receive the Driver Training Certificate of Completion no more than 10 business days from the time of the final behind the wheel lesson.  The Driver Training Certificate of Completion will be emailed to the student.

Top Driver offers a Platinum program that provides additional behind-the-wheel training that goes beyond the minimum state requirements. You can view all programs, locations, and prices on our website.

Additional Resources:

The Ohio BMV  

Ohio Driver Manual

Understanding Ohio Graduated Driver Licensing Laws Ohio

Driving and Skills Testing

Temporary Permit packet

Sample Knowledge Test

Feel free to contact Top Driver if you have additional questions! 

custserv@topdriver.com / 1.800.374.8373