• How old do students have to be to take driver education?
  • Students need to be 15 years of age or older to enroll in driver education.

  • How do students enroll in the classroom and when and where the classes held?
    • Upcoming schedules and registration can be found on Southwest Tech's Continuing Education Portal.


    • Classes meet (3) weeks during the summer for (2) hours per day (30 hour state requirement) at our area high schools with Cuba City and Dodgeville HS holding additional classes during the fall and spring semesters.
  • What is the online course?
  • The online driver education course is a Wisconsin State Approved alternative to the face-to-face classroom requirement and can be taken by any student in Wisconsin

  • What are the costs for Driver Education?
  • Prices for upcoming courses can be found on Southwest Tech's Continuing Education Portal.



  • How old do students have to be to receive their permit?
  • Students must be 15.5 years of age or older and enrolled in a driver education course.

  • How do students receive their permits and schedule their driving instruction?
    • Permit applications will be distributed to students 15.5 years of age or older at the conclusion of the classroom.
    • Registration and payment of the behind-the-wheel fee is required for all students prior to distribution of the permit application.
    • Register and pay for behind-the-wheel instruction via our website
    • Students will be contacted directly by the instructor to pick-up their permit application and schedule their driving instruction.
    • Bring the following information to the DMV:
      • The signed permit application from your Driver Education instructor.
      • A certified copy of your birth certificate and your Social Security card.
    • A parent/guardian must accompany you and have their signature notarized on the permit application at the DMV.
    • Pass the knowledge and highway signs test and vision screening
    • Pay the applicable fee by cash or check (payable to: Registration Fee Trust)
    • DMV locations and hours of operation can be easily found on the Wisconsin DMV website.
  • What do I need to know as an out-of-district online student?
    • Students must successfully complete the on-line course.
    • An electronic completion certificate will be emailed directly to the student from the DOT which will need to be printed and taken to their local driving school to obtain their permit application.
    • Talk with your local driving school for further instruction.
  • How many hours do students have to drive with an instructor?
    • Students are required to drive (6) hours and observe (6) hours with an instructor.
    • Each student is paired with another student at all times to allow one student to drive and the other to observe, before switching and doing the same with the other.
  • How many hours do parents have to drive with their son/daughter?
    • Parents are required to drive at least (30) hours, with at least (10) hours at night. The more time a student is able to drive, the better prepared they will be for their road test and future driving experience.
    • Parents are also required to keep track of this time in a Driving Log, which can be found in the WI Motorist Handbook or by searching “log sheet” on the Department of Transportation website.
  • How do students get their driving license?
    • Students must be at least 16 years of age with no suspensions or revocations on their permit.
    • Successfully completed the driver education classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction.
    • The completion certificate which is electronically submitted directly to the DMV.
    • A scheduled road test through the Department of Transportation website.
    • Permit to drive and parent (sponsor) to accompany them to the DMV on the day of the road test.
    • Pass the required driver license tests
    • Pay the applicable road test fee by cash or check (payable to: Registration Fee Trust)
  • Further questions?
  • Contact Annette L. Biggin, Driver Education Manager