Driver Education Class Information


    Driver Education classes are offered if enough students enroll. Students should sign up early. Students will be notified if classes are held.   Choose the class dates that fits your needs. Register early.

    • Students must be 15 years old or turn 15 during the session to enroll in the class.
    • You must pre-register for class.  Register and pay early as classes do fill up.
    •  The class fee must be paid in order to reserve a seat in your preferred session.
      •  Sessions are first paid, first reserved.
    • You will be notified by phone or student school email 1 week prior to your scheduled class.
      • Acknowledgement of your enrollment by email is the student's responsibility.
      • You must respond appropriately to contact emails or risk being dropped from class.
    • 30 hours of Classroom and 8 hours of simulator will be planned for each class.
      •  Simulator dates will be finalized on the first day of class.
    • Classroom and Simulator must be completed to receive a Blue Card
    • Cell Phone use is not permitted during Classroom, Simulator, or BTW.
      • Usage will result in a 3-month Holding of Blue/ White card – phones must be turned OFF!
    • Parents Note:  There will be  a parent class scheduled  for each session. Dates will be decide the first day of class.


    • Class fee is $375 and must be sent in with the registration to be signed up for the class. It must be paid before the first day of class. All NSF checks will be charged a $35 NSF fee for checks returned from the bank. Checks will be cashed as soon as registration is complete.
    • VANESSA's LAW:  Students retaking classroom and Behind-the-Wheel instruction must add an additional $125 because of extra driving time. Check total is $500. Please indicate you are retaking the class because of Vanessa's Law so the correct paperwork may be completed. 
    • HOME SCHOOL, ANOTHER DRIVER EDUCATION PROGRAM  Must pass the pre-permit test that we use and complete 6 hours of Behind-the-Wheel.  ($475 total)
    • We currently are not accepting online programs.


    • Make checks payable to: NW Service Cooperative
    • Mail checks and registration to:

    Mr. Mark Lee, c/o Drivers Education,

    NW Service Coop,

    114 1st St W,

    Thief River Falls, MN 56701

    • No refunds are given once classroom has started. 
    • Once sign-up is confirmed,  there will be a $25 fee to switch to a different class if there is availability in the class. Make sure you sign up for the class you want. There are NO EXCUSED absences for any reason.


    Class is held at the TRF School District Service Center, Drivers Education room. (230 LaBree Ave South, Thief River Falls)


    Cell phone use is not permitted during any portion of drivers training: in the classroom, in the simulator, or Behind the Wheel.  Any use of cell phone will result in a 3-month withholding of the Blue or White Card.  Cell Phones must be turned OFF.


     If you are 15, have completed class, and passed the pre-permit test, you are given a blue card which you can take to the Exam station on the west side of TRF (244 125th Ave NE). Here you will take your written permit test. You will need to bring a certified birth certificate and social security card with you. After you pass, remember to go to the DMV office in the Courthouse to pay for your permit.


    After you finish the driver simulator (four 2-hour sessions) and have completed 40 - 50 hours of driving with an adult (15 of which must be night driving hours), please call Mr Kjono to sign up for the four hours of Behind the Wheel training.  Mr. Kjono can be reached at 689-1994. Please leave a message.  

    Please call before if you need to change a scheduled time.  Note: If you do not showup for the scheduled driving lesson, there is a $75 charge for the time missed.



    1. Be 16 years old
    2. Have had a permit for 6 months
    3. Have had 8 hours in the driver simulator
    4. Have had 4 hours of Behind the Wheel training
    5. Be able to verify 50 or 40 hours of driving time, including 15 hours at night, on your driving log.
    6. Have received a white card from Mr. Johnson or Mr. Kjono, which you will take with you to take the Road test.