If you are interested in applying with the OMV to open a Driving School, we invite you to read about the process and qualifications outlined in our detailed Requirements for Opening a New Driving School document.
This process has four phases:
The first phase of the application process requires potential owners to complete an application for approval and submit to a background check. Only after passing the background check may your lesson plan be submitted.
The completion of Phase One determines if you will be approved as a driving school owner. You will be notified via email that the lesson plan has been approved and you will be asked to submit the documents needed for Phase Two of the application process. At this time, you may begin to look for a location, determine what type of vehicle will best suit your needs, obtain insurance quotes, etc.
During Phase Two, potential instructors need to submit the instructor application packet.
In Phase Three, the applicant must attend and pass a one day class administered by the Training Certification Unit at the Office of Motor Vehicles. Upon completion of the Third Party Tester Training, the applicant can then submit their road skills test route for approval.
After the contract is received and signed by OMV representatives, the school license and certification will be sent to the school along with instructor and examiner licenses for all instructors and examiners. This completes the Fourth Phase. Congratulations on opening your new Driving School!