How to Start a Driver's Ed Business

By Shanika Chapman; Updated July 05, 2017
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As long as the legal driving age remains 16 years of age, there will be a market for a local driver’s education school that can provide quality training to eager students. Additionally, adult drivers may elect or be court-ordered to attend a driving school to reduce an insurance premium or point penalty. A savvy entrepreneur could do well to start a driver’s education school. Generally, you must hold a driver’s license, a relatively clean record and have been driving for at least two years before you can become a certified instructor.

Become a certified driver education instructor in the state in which you will open your school. Contact your state’s department of motor vehicles to learn the requirements for obtaining certification and to get connected to local universities and colleges offering the required courses for both in-car and classroom instruction.

Obtain a certified medical examination report. You will need to submit this with your instructor application.

Submit your instructor application to your DMV upon successful completion of the required education. Include all applicable documents and fees.

Learn your state’s Program of Instruction, which includes the information you must include in your curriculum. Depending on your state, you may be advised on teacher objectives, instructional techniques, recommended time frames for different modules, lesson plans and what to include on your curriculum.

Secure a location for your driving school, preferably situated near a high population of students such as near a high school, mall or residential neighborhood, and obtain a zoning approval certificate. Then apply for a business license and purchase liability insurance.

Lease a fleet of reliable vehicles and purchase textbooks and classroom supplies. Outfit your cars with dual controls, roof top signs and instructor mirrors. Develop a curriculum that meets state requirements.

Submit your application to become a commercial driving school to your state’s DMV. Include all applicable documents and fees.

Offer refresher courses for adults, private lessons and extra practice to set your business apart and appeal to a wide range of students.

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Contact insurance companies and a local court about getting listed as a licensed school in order to get referred to drivers looking to reduce their insurance premiums or license points.

Contact high schools about attending events in order to speak with students about the importance of road safety.

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About the Author

Shanika Chapman has been writing business-related articles since 2009. She holds a Bachelor of Science in social science from the University of Maryland University College. Chapman also served for four years in the Air Force and has run a successful business since 2008.