first step to join our program is to select a class date
& enroll in that class.
The academic portion of
the course consists of 8 hours of classroom instruction and
covers the fundamental techniques of driving, as well as
advanced techniques of defensive driving in residential,
rural, and urban areas. Also detailed is night
driving, driving in adverse conditions, and the effects of
alcohol and other drugs as relating to driving.
Handling emergencies, avoiding road rage,
purchasing and maintaining a vehicle, and
auto insurance issues are also covered. For
Students, which have an KS Instructional Permit or KS
Driving Book, please bring them to class. Students,
without a permit will obtain one through this course.
Students, which receive a pink, paper IP from Wichita
Driving School usually need to exchange it for a picture IP
at the DMV/Driver's License Office. Students, which wear
glasses or contacts should also bring them to class.
When dropping off or picking up your teen at the west-side
classroom (one block west of Central/Ridge) please park in
Wichita Driving School's parking lot or along Country Acres
Street (just north of Jiffy Lube). At the
east-side classroom (one block west of Central/Woodlawn)
please park along Hillcrest Street (by Well's Fargo)
or in the parking lot behind Wichita Driving School East. We
open our classroom 30 minutes before class time. The
students are welcome to come in during this time to work on
their study guide, which is designed to help them succeed on
the final test. On
1 day, 8 hour classes, we
have a 1 hour lunch break from 12:00-1:00 PM. There
are several restaurants within a 1 or 2 block radius of
Wichita Driving School Inc. and Wichita Driving
Note: All students, which take driver education in
the state of Kansas are required to fill out a DE 99
application. One of the questions on this form asks
the student if they are currently taking any prescribed
medication for a physical or mental condition. This
application is completed on the first day of class at
Wichita Driving School.
Laws for TEENS
We will contact the student's parents or student within 12
days after the two day academic course to arrange driving
times. (Remember, if you have not paid in full, you
will need to do so before driving sessions can be scheduled)
..Please make all checks payable to Wichita Driving
School. Please keep in mind that we will be
finishing up other students (BTW), which attended a
classroom session before you. It
typically takes a Wichita Driving School student about 4
weeks to finish the entire course (8 hour academic
class and the 6 hours of driving). The six hours
of driving will be arranged to fit the student's schedule.
Each driving session will usually be at least a minimum of 1
hour with a maximum of 3 hours. The average driving time
per session for an advanced student is two hours.
The behind the wheel sessions will include:
Residential and city driving, highway and Interstate
driving, the various types of parking, handling the downtown
Central Business District, and a high focus on defensive
driving. The student driver will usually be picked up
from home unless otherwise specified. Some get picked up
from school, work, or another location. At the conclusion of
each session, the student will be dropped off at home unless
there is a special request. Some students, for example,
arrange to be dropped off at school, work, church, or a
relative's house. All special situations need to be approved
by a parent or guardian. Parents are of course welcome in
the car. Students with no experience (especially
adults) sometimes require extra driving beyond the 6 hours.
In such cases, the single most important factor in
successfully passing the driving portion of the course (in
the standard 6 hours) is the Student/Student's family being
willing and/or able to practice between the driving lessons.
Our driver education cars are equipped with duel brakes,
liability commercial insurance, and student driver
signs. ......WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO
ACCOMMODATE SOME SITUATIONS IN THE CLASSROOM OR CAR.
cost: (Current coupon/special is $40 off tuition -ages
$399.00 (or 3 X 133) --14-hr course-
With coupon: $359.00 (or 3 payments of
$444.00 (or 3 x 148) --22-hr course-
8hrs/class- 6hrs/driving/8 hrs/Def. Driving class (National Safety Council)
With coupon: $404.00 (or 3 payments
Driving School is the only driving school in the
area to belong to the BBB,
National Safety Council & Wichita
Metro Chamber of Commerce.
WDS has been locally owned by Mike Johnson since
2003 & has full time local
office hours (West-side) & partial office hours
8 hour academic class from the National Safety Council, Defensive
Driving is nationally approved for an
insurance discount or point reduction. Please check
with your insurance agent.
Defensive Driving Schedule, click
policy for installments:
A) 1/3 is due with the enrollment application or at the time
it is submitted.
THAT YOU MUST PAY YOUR ENROLLMENT DEPOSIT TO OFFICIALLY
ENROLL! WHEN YOU ARE OFFICIALLY ENROLLED, WE WILL SEND
YOU A STUDY GUIDE VIA EMAIL.
B) 1/3 is due at the beginning of class or prior to the end of the
8th hour of class.
C) 1/3 is due before the start of the 1st driving lesson..
8 hours of classroom time and 6 hours of driving time
are required for course completion.
DE 99 Information
Policy: *The enrollment deposit for Driver Education is
nonrefundable but can be used for a future class within 1
year from time of initial enrollment in case of a conflict.
If the student attends any portion of the class, they are
responsible for 2/3's cost of the course. Once the
student begins the driving sessions, they are responsible
for the entire cost of the course. Our time-limit policy
regarding refunds or unused credit is one year. NOTE: "This
course fulfills the state driving & written test, but
governing rules mandate that driving schools or high schools
can make no guarantee to Student or Parent/Guardian that
course completion assures a DL from the State of KS.
The State of Kansas reserves the right to test or deny any
license applicant. Some rare examples of this include:
Physical or mental conditions, a passport issue or failing
DMV testing several times (recently), etc..."
defensive driving classes are funded by pre-enrolled
students, the enrollment deposit for the National Safety
Council's Defensive Driving or Alive at 25 is
nonrefundable and should be used within 12 months after
completing the driver education program. We offer
these classes (at a 50% discount) for our driver education
students/parents, which want extra training or an insurance
discount. Please monitor our class schedule by
clicking the "Discount Car" on your left,
and contact us the week before the course you choose to
NEW LAW CHANGES START JAN. 1, 2010!
My teenager is 14 years of age and would like to learn how
to drive. How do they get qualified to drive, and what
are the requirements for obtaining the RL?
in mind most students must be at least 15 to get a
Restricted License. But at age 14, teens can get a permit,
practice with parents, and even take Driver Ed. To
obtain a RL, a beginning driver must fulfill the following
Successfully complete a Driver Education Program. Graduated
Licensing Laws, which were passed in Kansas about a decade
ago, require all students under the age of 16 to complete a
Driver Education Course. Students 14 or older, can either
take such a course from their local high school, or from a
private driving school. The Certificate of Completion earned
by passing the Driver Ed course allows one to get the
Restricted License at the DMV or Driver‘s License Office. (The
only testing usually required is the eye test)
The 15 year old RL allows one to drive by themselves to
school and work, or with an adult, which has a valid DL. No
minor passengers (besides siblings) are allowed to ride with
a restricted driver.
Be the holder of a Photo Instructional Permit for a minimum
of 12 months. An IP can be obtained at age 14 or more
by taking a written test at the DMV, or by participating in
a Driver Education course. This 12 month rule no longer
applies at age 17 or more. The IP is for supervised
50 hours of practice with a parent or guardian, with 10 of
the hours occurring at night. The 50 hours of practice are
required for anyone under age 18.
Students 16 or older can also get their regular Driver's
License by providing the Driver Ed Certificate of Completion
to the DMV. (The only testing usually required is the eye
test) Note: There is a new 6 month
probationary period for 16 year old drivers. This is
detailed on our link. After this 6 month
(successful) probationary period, the license automatically
converts into the next stage. New
2010 Laws for TEENS
• For 15
year olds, there is a provision that allows for 25 practice
hours, but a teen must go back to the DMV at age 16 to renew
their license. Students, which have completed the 50 hours
prior, will not have to go back at age 16, because their RL
will automatically convert into the next licensing stage.
Also, the parent or guardian is required to sign an
affidavit at the DMV confirming the completion of the
practice hours. In the late 90's, the Kansas Legislature
followed the lead of other states, and formed new laws that
changed the procedure for obtaining restricted licenses and
drivers' licenses. "Graduating Licensing" is
designed to give teens a better-rounded driver training
experience, which in turn makes them more successful on the
road, which is a good thing for all of us!
Johnson, owner of Wichita Driving School &
Wichita Driving School East has been involved in Driver
Education for over 15 years. He graduated from Emporia State
University with a Bachelor of Science in Education. Mike
taught Driver Ed in the public high school sector for 5
years before getting involved in private driver training. Wichita
Driving School, Inc. opened by Mike in 2003, is located
at 724 Country Acres (1 block west of Central &
Ridge Road). Wichita Driving School East, LLC.
is located at 6115 E. Central (1 block west of
Central & Woodlawn Road). Both schools offer year-round
driver education and defensive driving courses for teens and
beginning drivers. WDS can help students with busy
schedules, vacation or camp conflicts, or who have been left
out of the school program due to date of birth. It is also
an option for adults, which have not yet learned to drive.
Locally owned and licensed by the state of Kansas, Wichita
Driving School is a member of the National Safety Council,
the Better Business Bureau and the Wichita Area
Chamber of Commerce. For more information or to enroll,
please call (316) 721-7950 or 651-0848