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.
A complete list of current driving schools can be found by clicking here.
There are four phases in the application process to open a new driving school. To begin this process, click here. If there are any questions, you may contact the Training & Certification Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Requesting Information for a New Driving School” in the subject line. You will receive an emailed response to your questions along with the link to the New Driving School Checklist.
The First Phase of the application process requires potential owners to complete an application, submit a $50.00 application fee, and pass a background check. Driving records will be reviewed for violations. The completion of Phase One determines if you meet the requirements and can continue the process to become an owner.
In Phase Two of the application process, you will be notified via email that you have been approved to submit the required documents. Documents include a lesson plan for a 30-hour driver education course, a 6-hour pre-licensing course, and an 8-hour behind-the-wheel instruction course. A parent presentation for minor students and the school’s specifications and policies will also be required. These documents are reviewed for accuracy and completeness. You will be notified via email if these documents are acceptable or if changes are needed to the documents submitted.
Upon approval of the Phase Two documents, you may look for a location, determine what type of vehicle will best suit your needs, obtain insurance quotes, a surety bond, etc. and submit these items for approval to our office.
In Phase Three, additional applications, documents and fees will be requested for approval. The applicant must attend and pass a 30-hour Driver’s Education course provided at a licensed school with a licensed instructor. The applicant must attend and pass two training classes administered by the Training Certification Unit at the Office of Motor Vehicles. Upon completion of the training classes, the applicant can then submit their road skills test route for approval.
In Phase Four, a contract is offered to the owner to be received and signed by OMV representatives. Additionally, the school license will be sent to the school owner along with instructor and examiner licenses. This completes the Fourth Phase.
Congratulations on opening your new Driving School!