Information about Driver & Motorcycle Rider Education School Licenses and Types of Driver Education School Licenses
- A Class A license entitles a school to employ Class A or Class B instructors or teachers to teach both the classroom and behind-the-wheel phases of driver education for passenger type vehicles (Class C vehicles).
- A Class B license entitles a school to employ Class A or Class B instructors or teacher and to teach only the behind-the-wheel phase of driver education for passenger type vehicles (Class C vehicles).
- A Class A Commercial Vehicle school license entitles a school to employ only Class A instructors/teachers to teach classroom, behind-the-wheel, and range (off-street) driver education for commercial motor vehicles (Class A and/or Class B vehicles). This license also entitles you to employ Class B instructors/teachers to teach range and behind-the-wheel only, but you must also employ a Class A instructor.
Number of Required Driver Education School Licenses and Fees
Applicants must license each school location where driver education will be conducted and submit a license fee of $125.00 for each location.
- Applicants for a Class A license must license each school classroom location.
- Applicants for a Class B license must license each location for operation of the school.
- Applicants for a truck endorsement must license each school location to include one classroom and one range site.
General Application Requirements
To apply for a license, you must complete an application form and meet the following requirements:
- Provide a list of each vehicle by year, make, registration plate number and vehicle identification number (VIN). Training vehicles must be equipped with dual foot brakes. Dual clutch pedals are required for vehicles with a standard transmission. When engaged in instruction, each vehicle must be equipped with an identification sign stating the name of the school as well as a student driver sign.
- Submit a certificate from an insurance company showing that each vehicle has coverage by an automobile bodily injury and property damage liability insurance policy that meets the following statutory requirements: A school must meet the limits of insurance described in Title 29-A, §1354, Driver Education Programs, Subsection 3A, Driver Education School license requirements. The limits are as follows: $100,000 property damage; $100,000 personal injury or death of any one person; and $300,000 for personal injury or death of a number of persons. Combined single limit is $400,000.
- Provide a letter from your local Fire Department or a Fire Marshall's report showing that the school premises complies with state and municipal statutory requirements regarding public health, safety, and access. (Initial application only)
- Submit a certificate of occupancy from the code enforcement officer or other town official that shows proof of compliance with state and municipal land use regulations and ordinances. (Initial application only)
- Pass an inspection of the school premises by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
Record Keeping and Reporting Requirements
- All school records must be up-to-date and open to inspection during business hours and at other reasonable times.
- All school records must be retained for at least three (3) years and kept at the location indicated on the enclosed school license application.
- A new class report or motorcycle new class report must be filed at least seven (7) days prior to the date the class starts.
- An individual student record must show that each student successfully completed the required course curriculum and be retained by the school. Student record sheets must list each module taught by type and hours of instruction, by instructor or teacher, and show the student's visual acuity.
- A class completion report or motorcycle class completion report must list each student by name, address, date-of-birth, hours of instruction, and course completion certificate number. This report must be filed within seven (7) days of the date the course ends.
Exemption from License Fees
A "noncommercial" driver education school is exempt from paying the license fee. The license issued will be termed a "noncommercial" driver education school license which authorizes the school to employ both "noncommercial" and "commercial" driver education teachers or instructors. If not exempt from fee, the license issued will be termed a "commercial" driver education school license which authorizes the school to employ only "commercial" driver education teachers or instructors.
Your application will be reviewed by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to determine whether you meet the licensing requirements. If your application is approved, you will be issued a license which will be mailed to you. Your license will expire one year from the date it is issued. Operating a driver education school without a valid license is a Class E crime.
Once you are issued a Driver Education School license it is your responsibility to notify the Bureau of Motor Vehicles in writing of any change in information on the original license application(e.g., change of school name or ownership, address, telephone number, driving or criminal record, employee health, training vehicles, and instructors or teachers employed by the school). All correspondence and renewal notices will be sent to the licensee's last know address on file with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact this office at (207) 624-9000 Extension 52128.