Who is eligible to take Driver’s Education?
All High School students who reside in Broward County and are at least 15 years of age. You must be a current student. If you graduate or withdraw from high school, you are no longer eligible to take Driver’s Education. Students who receive a Mckay Scholarship should contact their program administrator prior to registering. The registration procedure requires us to enroll the student into Broward County Public Schools.
Where can I take Driver’s Ed?
Driver’s Education is currently offered at 14 locations throughout Broward County. The locations are: Boyd Anderson, Coconut Creek, Coral Glades, Coral Springs, Cypress Bay, Dillard, Deerfield Beach, Everglades, Flanagan, McArthur, Northeast, Nova, Plantation, and Taravella. You may sign up for any school you choose regardless of where you attend regular high school classes.
How do I sign up for Driver’s Education?
Driver’s Ed registration is done through Virtual Counselor. Log in to Virtual Counselor as a student using your Broward County Student I.D. number. The password provided is your birthdate in this format. If you were born on Jan. 02, 2003, you have to enter 01/02/2003 (Don't forget the slashes). Select Driver’s Ed from the drop down menu and follow the prompts to register. Firefox browser is preferred for best results. Private School Students register via email on the specific day and time of registration. Click here for more information.
Can I sign up for Driver’s Education prior to the registration date?
No, the registration dates are designed to give everyone access to Driver’s Education at the same time to make it as fair as possible. It is recommended that you register as close to the date and time as possible. If you have problems during registration please call 754-321-1871 for help.
What do I need to bring?
Students should arrive for the first day of Driver’s Education with a folder and something to write with. They will receive a study guide and a syllabus on the first day. The BCPS dress code is enforced just like a regular class with the exception of footwear. No flip flops or sandals are permitted for Driver’s Ed. Students who have their restricted license should bring it to every class. You can not drive on the road without it.
Where do I need to go for Driver’s Ed?
On the first day of class students should report to the Driver’s Ed Range. Instructors will be outside in bright Driver's Ed Instructor shirts directing students to the classroom.
The ranges are located:
Boyd Anderson - West side of campus. South of the baseball field.
Coconut Creek - Northeast corner of campus
Coral Glades - South side of the school.
Coral Springs - Northwest side of campus.
Cypress Bay - Southwest side of campus.
Dillard - North side of campus between track and baseball field
Deerfield Beach - Northeast side of campus
Everglades - Southwest side of campus
Flanagan - Northwest side of campus
McArthur - North side of campus between the pool and baseball field.
Northeast - Southwest side of campus
Nova - Southeast side of campus by the tennis courts
Plantation West side of campus in front of auditorium
Taravella - Northeast side of campus
The class I want to take is full. What are my options?
If the time slot you are looking for is full, you may register for the same site but for a different time slot. After the second class meets, the Lead Instructor may permit a student to switch time slots if the numbers allow it. This is not a guarantee. If both classes at a particular site are full, you must select a site that has vacancies or wait for the next session.
Does this course include the Traffic Law and Substance Abuse (TLSAE) requirement?
Broward County Public Schools offers the Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education (TLSAE) course within our driving program. This class is only recognized when the student successfully completes the restricted test with us. If a student does not test with us he or she will have to take complete the TLSAE requirement on their own.
Is a Restricted License required to take Driver’s Education?
No. A Restricted License (learners permit) is recommended but not required. Students who do not have a restricted license can only participate in the classroom and driving on our driving range in a controlled environment. Student’s who have their restricted license will be able to go out on the road with one of our certified instructors as well as participating in the classroom and driving range. Students who have a permit for one calendar year or who have a permit and are at least 18 years of age before the last day of class are eligible to take the road test.
How much does Driver’s Education cost?
There is no fee to take Driver’s Ed in Broward County.
Can I earn high school credit for taking Driver’s Education?
Yes. Students who take Driver’s Ed can earn a half credit elective.
How does the "no grade" option work?
The no grade option is for students who have at least a 4.0-weighted G.P.A. and do not want a grade for Driver’s Ed. A student with a G.P.A. over a 4.0 could lower their class rank by earning an A in a regular elective class. Students are given a form on the first day of class and must get their parents signature. The student is then required to satisfy all requirements of the class and earn an A for the class. If all of the above requirements are met, the student will not receive a grade for the class. There is nothing to fill out prior to the first day of class.
Can I take Driver’s Education more than once?
Yes. You may take Driver's Ed as many times as you like but can only earn credit once. Students are still responsible for all aspects of the course and may not come in for the drivign portion only. You simply register for the course again and at the end of the course you will not receive a grade.
I took Driver’s Ed and got my permit. Can I take it again to get my license?
Yes, as long as you have your permit for one year or have your permit and are at least 18 before the last day of class, you can take your road test with one of our DMV certified testers.
What if I am absent from a class?
Students are permitted to miss one class of Driver’s Education. If the student misses a second class, they are automatically dropped from the class with no penalty. They may re-register for the next session. There are no exceptions to this rule.
Is this program affiliated with on line Driver’s Education?
No. Broward County Public Schools Driver’s Ed is in no way affiliated with any on line driving program or any private driving school. Our class puts students behind the wheel of cars. A student may take our class after taking the on line version. A student who takes BCPS Driver’s Ed is still responsible for all components of the class including but not limited to attendance and classroom requirements.
How do I get my license once I complete the Driver’s Education class?
After successful completion of the Driver’s Education course students may go to the DMV for their license as long as they passed the test. The DMV has a paperless system and students are entered into the third party waiver system. If you have any problems at the DMV please ask to speak with a supervisor and tell them you are entered into the third party waiver system. If you still have problems you must contact your test administrator via email. Student’s are provided with contact information for their test administrator on the last day of class or go to the Driver's Ed main page and click "Trouble at the DMV".
Will I get a discount on my insurance for completing Driver’s Ed?
Some insurance companies offer a discount and some do not. Please check with your insurance company. If you lose your certificate, follow the instructions on the main page of the website to print another one.