Driver Education

Winter 2020 Driver Education Information

The Winter Driver Education class is anticipated to begin February 3rd, 2020. There are limited seats available. Registration is first come, first serve. Beginning on the registration date, all emails will be processed in the order they are received, and registration will close when the class is full. 

To register, students must be in 9th grade or higher and be fifteen (15) years of age or older by June 30th, 2020. Students must not have any failing grades from the current or previous term. Grades will be checked when registering.
(All scheduled dates are subject to change).

For full-time students, the cost of this class ($225) is covered by the Idaho Advanced Opportunities Credit. (No charge to the student) To be eligible for the credit, the state of Idaho requires students to be enrolled in a full load of regular classes. The class is worth one elective credit at West Side High School. Additionally, there is a separate charge of $21.50 payable at the DMV for the permit. 


STEP A – January 21st:

Send an email with your student’s name, address, birthday, and phone number to to place your student on the class list. Registration emails before this time will not be accepted. Registrations will be processed in the order they are received, and are first come, first served until the class is filled.

You will receive an email within a day or two verifying your student is in the class and a link to the registration form and the Advanced Opportunities Credit form (covers the class fee). To finish registering, please follow the instructions in the email or found below at Step B.

In the event the class is filled, you will also be notified by email. The next driver education class will be in the spring. Keep watching the website for more information at a later time.

STEP B – On or Before January 23rd:
After you receive verification email that your student is on the class list, please fill out and bring to Mr. Adams the registration and Advanced Opportunities Credit forms you received from the email.

Mr. Adams is available 7:45-8:10 am, 9-10 am, and 3:00 to 3:30 pm in room #1 upstairs in Beutler Middle School. DO NOT REGISTER AT THE HIGH SCHOOL OR MIDDLE SCHOOL OFFICE. Please bring your forms by this date or your seat may be given away.

When registering, Mr. Adams will give you a Verification of Enrollment that is required at the DMV when obtaining a driving permit.

STEP C – January 27th through January 30th:

Permit Registration at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. The cost for the permit is $21.50 payable to the Franklin County Sheriff. You will need the following with you when you go: 

  1. Official state-issued birth certificate (see below) for your student
  2. Photo identification for the parent
  3. Student Photo ID (activity) card, a yearbook with photo, or other student ID
  4. Student’s social security number (not the card)
  5. You will also take in the Verification of Enrollment form Mr. Adams will give you when you turn in your registration.

At the sheriff’s office, you will receive a paper verifying that you have purchased the permit. DON’T LOSE THIS PAPER - It must be brought to class on the first day or the state requires they are dropped from Driver Education.

STEP D – February 3rd Afterschool:
The first day of class, students need to bring:
A: Permit Paperwork they received from the DMV
B: Idaho Driver Manual (if received from the DMV) and paper/pen to every class. 


Classes will usually be held each Monday after school in Mr. Adams’ classroom. Student drives will also be scheduled on a regular rotation throughout the week. (Any schedules are subject to change without notice.)

I anticipate this class should be complete in mid-April. On some occasions, vehicle issues or poor weather could cause drives or classes to be delayed/rescheduled. SAFETY is our #1 priority.
Students should keep their schedule free enough to attend classes and scheduled drives

Driver Education is offered as a public service by the West Side School District. The school is not required to provide this service. 

If you have any questions, please contact Brent Adams at


 Sports Conflicts--- 

What if this driver education class conflicts with sports? Should I take the class now or wait for a later time?

Ultimately, the parents/guardians and student will need to decide what is priority for them. Later classes may be more difficult to register for or different scheduling conflicts may arise. Each season presents a variety of schedule issues, either due to fall sports (Football, Volleyball, Cross Country), winter sports (basketball, wrestling), or spring sports (Track, Softball). Even summers have scheduling issues with sport camps, church camps, scouting, and vacations. 

Often, doing both driver education and sports works okay if the students communicate with coaches, keeping them informed of schedules. Coaches may need to allow a missed practice once a week, and in turn, driver education will not schedule a drive that conflicts with sporting events.

The State of Idaho has written into state law the requirements for time spent taking driver education. Minimum hours must be met before students can pass driver education. Some flexibility is available regarding scheduled driving time, as drive times can be traded with other students to accommodate sporting events. Classes are not possible to reschedule.  

In many cases, making things work now and completing driver education during the 9th grade year is the best option to prevent interruptions with jobs and sports later on. 

Birth Certificates--- 

Will a hospital crib card or a hospital issued certificate work for the required birth certificate? How can I get a copy of the official birth certificate? 

There have been some issues in getting permits on time in previous classes due to some confusion regarding the state issued birth certificate. The DMV will not accept any different forms of identification, including hospital forms, “crib cards”, or other verification of live births. It must be an official certificate issued by the state. If you need to order your certificate, I have included links to state agencies that can send you the certificate. Normal delivery can take 2 or 3 weeks. There is expedited/rush delivery available for both for an extra charge.

For the state of Idaho:

For the state of Utah:



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