Is your school and instructors certified by the State of Wisconsin?
Yes, our school and our instructors are State certified.
How old do I need to be to receive my temps (instructional permit)
The minimum age to receive the temporary license (instructional permit) is the age of 15 years. Students are eligible to receive their probationary license at the age of 16 and have held their temps for a minimum of 6 months.
How many hours does my son/daughter need to drive with me (parent/guardian)
Students are required to have 50 hours of in-car practice with a parent/guardian 10 of those hours need to be done during the darkness/nighttime. Everything looks different in the evening.
The practice with parent/guardian is an important step of obtaining a driver license. The more practice they have, the better of a driver they will become.
May I enroll in just the classroom or just the behind-the-wheel portion of the program?
Yes. You may enroll in either behind-the-wheel and/or classroom or both. If classroom was taken through a different school, the student will need to finish the classroom training at the other school, provide a completed form from that school, and contact Dave (920) 373-2449 for scheduling behind-the-wheel lessons.
What is the length of the training program?
Classroom: After school classroom, includes 15 sessions of two hours each. Coleman courses are held during their scheduled class period at their school.
Online Program: The online program is 30 one hour sessions. Students can complete up to 2 sessions per day. Can be completed in as little as 15 days or can take up to 90 days.
Behind-the-Wheel: The program consists of six two hour sessions. One hour of the sessions is spent driving and one hour of the sessions is spent in observation.
How do I get my Instructional Permit? (Temps):
Students will be given the option to take the written test with us or they may go to the Department of Motor Vehicles. After the student has their temps, they may sign up for behind-the-wheel lessons.
What documents are needed to obtain the Instructional Permit?
Certified birth certificate, social security card, a completed application (MV3001) signed by the Driver Education Instructor.
To be Real ID Compliant Two (2) proofs of residency are required.
The following documents are acceptable proof of Wisconsin residency when they include your name and current Wisconsin residence street address. Documents listing a post office box are not acceptable. The department will decline to accept any document presented if it does not provide conclusive proof of residency. Additional verification may be requested.
For REAL ID compliant and non-compliant cards:
All documents presented for proof of Wisconsin residency must contain your name and current Wisconsin address.
Printed electronic copies are acceptable for the following documents:
The following documents must be originals. Printed electronic copies are not acceptable.
How do I schedule my driving test?
Road tests can be scheduled by going to the following web link: Wisconsin DMV Official Government Site - Schedule a road test appointment or follow the web address: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/drivers/drivers/schedule.htm The road test can be scheduled up to 11 weeks in advance.
How do I waive the road test?
Who qualifies for the waiver?
Any person 16 or 17 years of age who:
o Successfully completed an approved Driver Training Education Course; held instruction permit for a minimum of 6 months; successfully completed Behind-the-Wheel; and have parent or guardian sign the waiver to receive the road test waiver
· Who does not qualify?
o Any person 18 years of age or older; any person who has not successfully completed an approved Driver Training Education Course; any person who has not completed Behind-the-Wheel; any person who has previously failed a road test, and any person whose sponsor does not agree to having the road test waived
· How to apply
o Students who meet the requirements should apply online through the road test waiver page wisconsindmv.gov/testwaiver
o Pay the normal fees
o Sponsor (parent or guardian) will acknowledge full responsibility and sign waiver. Parent or guardian agrees to accept responsibility and vouch for the safe driving abilities of the new student
o The parent's or guardian's driver license or ID card number will be entered into the online system and they will receive verification that our records indicate they approved the road test waiver
o DMV will convert license status from Instruction Permit to Probationary License
o PDF copy of new probationary license card is emailed for immediate use
o The driver will receive the physical Probationary License card via mail in 7-10 days
o Driver should print pdf if possible, or present email to Law Enforcement if necessary until physical card arrives
At what age can my son/daughter start the online/classroom course?
Students are able to begin the course when they are 14 years and 9 months.
What is necessary to enroll?
Simply click the register now button to enroll. When registering for a class, please complete the Agreement for Services Contract located in the forms area and mail with remittance to the address listed on the form.
How long does it take to receive the MV3001 after I finish the online program?
Once the 30 hour online program is completed, the file will be reviewed within 24-36 hours.
If you have registered for the behind the wheel program, the MV3001 form will be mailed to the student after all fees have been paid.
If you registered for the online program only, 1st Rate Driving will notify the State that the online program is complete and the student will receive a confirmation email to provide to the school completing the behind the wheel program.
Where are the traditional classroom sessions held?
For Traditional Classes:
We hold classes at Coleman, Gillett, Oconto Falls, Suring, Pulaski, and Wausaukee. All traditional classrooms are held at the public schools.
Online programs are self paced and there is no classroom.
How do I change a behind the wheel appointment?
You can change a behind the wheel appointment by:
Calling Dave at (920) 373-2449 at least 24 hours in advance.
Cancellations with less than 24 hour notice will be assessed a $50 late cancellation fee.
How do I schedule my behind the wheel training?
Scheduling the Behind the wheel lessons can be made by calling Dave at (920) 373-2449 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The first lesson must occur within 60 days of receiving the Instructional Permit.
How often should my child take a road lesson?
The student must hold their instructional permit (temps) for a minimum of six months. I prefer to schedule the lessons over this six month period, typically one lesson a month. I guaranty that the students will be done within this six month period, as long as there are not continual cancellations. The first road lesson must be within 60 days of receiving the instructional permit.
Where and when is the student picked up for the behind the wheel lessons?
We try to accommodate the student's schedules. Students may be picked up at school or their residence depending on location of residence.
Behind the wheel lessons can occur before, during, or after school, after school activities (practices / rehearsals / etc) and weekend lessons are also available.
Once I complete the behind the wheel program, do I get any paperwork from the instructor?
Once the student completes the behind the wheel program. The instructor will notify the State of the completion of the program. There is NO paperwork that is given to the student or parent. Everything is completed online directly with the Wisconsin DMV
Once the student has reached the minimum holding period of their temporary license, the behind the wheel is completed and all fees are paid, the student can then take the road test or have it waived with parent/sponsor authorization.
What type of payment do you take?
We accept cash, check, money order, and credit cards. Credit card payments must be on-line and must be for the full payment of classroom and/or behind the wheel lessons. Credit card will not be accepted for cancellations and NSF check fees.
By paying with credit card, you are choosing to forgo the cash discount of 3.0%
When does full payment need to be made by?
Full payment must be made by the time the student takes their temps test (if taking classroom) or before the end of the online 30 hour program.
If a payment plan needs to be made, contact us for more information.
Students will not receive their MV3001 until all fees have been paid.
What is 1st Rate Driving School's refund policy
1st Rate Driving School will not refund any tuition or part of tuition if the school is ready, willing, and able to fulfill its part of the agreement.