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Driver education instructors

  • Additional copies of the curriculum can be obtained by contacting the American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association (ADTSEA) directly. Visit their Web site at, or telephone toll free 800-896-7703.

  • Once you have your instructor certificate, you are required, by law, to provide a copy of it to your employer(s). It would also be in your best interest to make sure your employer(s) submit a DES-P06 Request of Change-Form B to the Driver Education Section listing you as an employee.

  • Attending one of the training workshops on the new curriculum will satisfy professional development requirements for an instructor's first certificate renewal cycle. For those involved in rehabilitation and truck driver training, other options may be available, although they have not yet been determined. Professional development options will be posted on the Web site when identified, and updated periodically.

    Approved Professional Development Courses

  • To qualify for a driver education instructor certificate from the Secretary of State an applicant must:

    1. Be at least 21 years of age.
    2. Possess a valid driver license that has been in continuous effect for not less than 5 years immediately preceding the application.
    3. Provide the applicant's driver license number
    4. Provide a statement indicating whether the applicant has applied for a driver education instructor certificate in this or any other state, and the result of that application.
    5. Provide a statement indicating whether the applicant has previously had a driver education instructor certificate revoked or suspended in this state or any other state.
    6. Complete a criminal history check.
    7. Certify there is no pending criminal matter or outstanding arrest, warrant, or conviction since submitting a request for a criminal history check.
    8. Submit a $45.00 nonrefundable application-processing fee.
    9. Submit a certified medical examination report that is not older than 90 days that is prepared by a physician, physician's assistant, or certified nurse practitioner.
    10. Until December 31, 2007, a driver education instructor applicant for teen driver training must submit an official transcript from an approved college or university that currently offers driver education instructor programs. The transcript must provide evidence of the equivalence of at least 8 semester hours of driver education instructor preparation courses. The universities that currently offer the approved instructor preparation courses are listed at the end of this document.
    11. Beginning January 1, 2008, a driver education instructor application for teen or adult driver training must submit an official transcript from an approved college, university, or person to verify the completion of a driver education instructor preparation program as described in section 23 of PA 384 of 2006.
    12. Other information and documents as requested by the Secretary of State to determine an applicant's qualifications for certification.

      Driver Education Instructor Preparation Program Approved Agencies
  • Provider records must be maintained for 4 years and contain the information relating to student instruction, including, but not limited to:

    • The dates and number of hours of classroom, and behind-the-wheel instruction given the student, signed by the instructors that gave the instruction.
    • Complete registration and achievement records for the student. Achievement records must include test scores, and the Unique Identifier(s) [number(s)] included on the student's test(s).
    • A list of the student's payments for tuition, fees, and purchase or rental of suppliers or equipment.
    • A copy of the signed contract between the school and the student.
    • The information contained on a course completion report for the student.
    • Student attendance.
  • Professional development requirements must be met and submitted by the time your original instructor certificate expires (2 years from the date of issuance).

    • DES-101 Program Request form - This form lists locations, dates, times and instructors for Segment 1, Segment 2, or truck driver training classes (if applicable). The form must be submitted at least 10 days prior to the starting date of the class.
    • DES-102 Program Completion Data form - This form lists the students who attended a Segment 1 or Segment 2 class, and the certificates of completion that they received. The form must be submitted no later than 10 days after the session has ended. This is for teen programs only.
    • DES-P06 Request of Change-Form B - This form must be submitted prior to an instructor's start date and immediately upon an instructor's departure.
    • Truck driver training biannual report - Due on April 15th and October 15th of each year, this report lists names, addresses, and driver license numbers for those students enrolled since the last report, and student pass/fail information.
    • Year-end report - Each provider must submit a year-end report, which indicates the number of students who pass and fail each type of program offered.
    • DES-P04 Classroom Request form  - This form must be submitted prior to adding a classroom location.
    •  Acord Certificate of Automobile Liability Insurance (issued by an insurance company) and DES-P06 Request of Change-Form B - These documents must be submitted when new training vehicles are added.
    • Close out report - When a provider ceases operation, a close out report must be submitted, which includes an inventory of certificates of completion (teen programs only), and identifies where records will be stored.