FAQ


Here is a list of some of the frequently asked questions:

  • What do I have to bring the first day of class?
    You will need a notebook, a highlighter, and pen or pencil. Most importantly bring a good attitude and an open mind. We will provide the Minnesota Driver\'s Manual, folder, and other study materials. We will send a contract to read and sign home on the first day. 
     
  • Can I miss a class?
    Range Driver Training follows the state requirements. If you need to miss a class for any reason, you will have to make up the class, either on a makeup day or at another classroom location. If you miss two days you will have to retake the class.
  • How old do I have to be to start drivers Ed?
    You can start classroom at 14 1/2. You cannot take the permit (knowledge) test until you are 15, so by waiting closer to your 15th birthday, the information will be fresh in your mind.
  • Do you cancel classroom sessions?
    If school is cancelled for any reason, driver training classroom will also be cancelled. If a classroom session is cancelled it has to be made up. Occasionally classroom dates and starting times are changed.
  • Do I take my permit test in the classroom?
    No. You take your permit (knowledge) test at an exam station. Exam stations and their staff operate under the Department of Public Safety. At the end of your classroom session we will give you an information sheet that tells you what to bring to the exam station, where they are located, and what hours they are open.
  • Can I legally drive with the permit application receipt?
    Yes. The receipt has an expiration of 45 days. You should receive your card in the mail before the receipt expires. If you do not receive your permit card within 45 days, call the telephone number on the back of the receipt. The permit is a hard card and is valid for two years.
  • When should I schedule my first behind-the-wheel lesson?
    After you pass your permit test, you should call the behind-the wheel instructor you were directed to at the conclusion of your classroom session. It will be highlighted on your information sheet. If you can\'t remember who that is, call Mrs. Madden @ (218) 749-8926. We recommend your first behind-the wheel lesson be taken about 6 weeks after you get your permit. We encourage you to start driving right away - parking lots first, then advance slowly onto quite residential streets. Your first lesson will consist of car control maneuvers, reference points, lane changes, right and left turns, driving communication skills, and proper observation techniques.
  • If the weather is bad, do you cancel driving lessons?
    New drivers need to learn to drive in all driving conditions. Therefore, we do not cancel behind-the-wheel lessons for normal winter driving conditions. Occasionally, different areas of the range experience different conditions. If you feel uncomfortable coming in for a lesson please call us as early as possible. If we decide to cancel lessons due to poor or changing conditions, we will call you as early as possible to reschedule the appointment. So, unless you hear from us, plan to drive on snowy or rainy days.
  • I lost my permit. Do I need it for my driving lesson?
    Absolutely. We cannot take you on the road without a valid permit. If you have lost your permit, you should apply for a duplicate permit at any license center. Bring your identification, a parent or guardian and $13.50. (State fees are subject to change without notice.) You do not need to retake the permit test. You cannot use the yellow application receipt that you got when you applied for your first permit. It is not valid once the hard copy has been issued.
  • Are there other kids in the car when I take my lesson?
    Occasionally there may be another student or instructor in the vehicle with you. Normally lessons are one student to one instructor. If you wish to carpool in with a friend there will be another student in the vehicle.
  • How old do I have to be to start drivers Ed?
    You can start classroom at 14 1/2. You cannot take the permit (knowledge) test until you are 15, so by waiting closer to your 15th birthday, the information will be fresh in your mind.