FAQs

Driver Education

Q. How old do I have to be to take Drivers Ed?
A. You must not have reached your 21st birthday on the first day of class.


Q. Do I need a license or learners permit to drive with WorkForce Essentials?
A. No. As a Certified Drivers Ed Program, we are allowed to teach you how to drive prior to you getting your license or learner’s permit.


Q. Why do you offer 30 hrs of classroom and 6 hours of driving?
A. The classroom time and behind-the-wheel drive time is determined by the Tennessee Department of Safety. This time is required in order to be a Certified Drivers Ed Program.


Q. What is the High School Wellness Program?
A. Some of our locations work with local school districts to offer 15 hours of training in their High School Wellness Classes. Our instructors come to the school and provide safe driving instruction during class. If you've already taken a portion of Drivers Ed in a High School Wellness class, we offer optional 15 hour classes at our WorkForce Essentials locations so that you can finish your certification.


Q. Do I need my own car or insurance to drive?
A. Nope. We will provide a comfortable, 4-door, dual-braking vehicle for your individual driving lessons. Our staff and fleet are fully insured.


Q. When do we start driving?
A. Driving can be scheduled concurrently with your classroom instruction. You can start on the first day if you and your instructor feel that you are ready.


Q. Who can ride with us during my driving time?
A. Only you and the instructor ... no additional passengers are allowed.


Q. How do I know if I'm eligible for insurance discounts?
A. Check with your family's insurance provider. Many providers do offer a premium discount to students who successfully complete a Certified Drivers Ed Program ... and you’re in luck because we are a certified provider!


Q. Are there class discounts?
A. We offer a discount to military students and students who have a sibling take the course at the same time. In order to receive the discount, you must provide verification of military ID or sibling enrollment during registration. For more information call 1-800-865-0981.


Q. Why do I need this class if I already know how to drive?
A. Local laws, requirements and rules of the road can change. Plus, where else can you learn to drive correctly, safely AND potentially save on your insurance premiums?


Q. If I must miss some class time, what happens?
A. Sometimes unexpected things happen … we are happy to have you attend a makeup class during the next session. Please notify your instructor if something comes up, causing you to miss class.


Q. Will I get school credit for this class?
A. Some school systems may offer extracurricular credit for the successful completion of this course. It's best to check with your school's counselor to see if you qualify. If you do, we'll provide the proof for their records.


Q. Can I pick the car and driver I want?
A. We aim to please ... if the driver and/or car are available, you may make your request when you schedule your drive times.


Q. What is the Graduated Driver License Program/Law?
A.The Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) System places certain restrictions on teens under the age of 18 who have learner permits and driver licenses. The Law went into effect on July 1, 2001. Applicants who are 18 or older and teens who have graduated from high school are not affected by the GDL law. Anyone under the age of 18 who has a learner permit will be prohibited from driving between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. When driving, permit holders must have a licensed driver age 21 or older in the vehicle with them. Seatbelt use is mandatory for everyone in the vehicle and passengers age 3 and under must be in an approved child restraint device. For more information about Graduated Licensing, visit the Tennessee Graduated Driver License Program.