Driver Education

PLEASE NOTE: The following dates, times, and information are subject to change.

Winter 2021 Driver Education Information

The Winter Driver Education class is anticipated to begin January 29th 2021. Due to social distancing measures, there are limited seats available. 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 fifteen (15) years of age or older by May 31st, 2021. 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 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 time in 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. 

Classes will be held on Friday mornings from 8:00 am to 10:30 am. Drives will be held throughout the week after school. Some limited drives will occur after class on Friday.


Due to restrictions and social distancing requirements, Do not sign up for this class if you cannot agree to the following conditions:
Must have a mask to wear on all drives.
Must be willing to social distancing in all classes.
Must be flexible with scheduling and attend all drives.
Must have or be able to obtain an official state-issued birth certificate in order to get the driving permit before the start of the class.
If you cannot agree to these conditions, do NOT sign up for this class. We are fortunate to still offer this class under challenging circumstances.

STEP A – January 12th:

  1. Send an email with: Student’s name, address, birthday, phone number, and a brief statement stating that you will agree to the conditions listed above.
  2. Send the email to to place your student on the class list. Registration emails before this time will not be accepted. All registrations are 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 Fast Forward Participation form (covers the class fee). To finish registering, please follow the instructions in the email or found below at Step B.

The next driver education class at West Side will be in the Spring.


STEP B – On January 14th at 7:30 am:

After you receive verification email that your student is on the class list, please fill out and bring to Mr. Adams:

  1. The Registration Form
  2. Fast Forward Participation form

Mr. Adams will be in room #1 upstairs in Beutler Middle School from 7:30 am to 8:00 am. You must bring the forms to Mr. Adams and collect the required paperwork during this time.

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

STEP C – January 18th through January 21st:
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 card
  5. The Verification of Enrollment form Mr. Adams gave you when you turned in your registration papers.

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

STEP D: January 29th 8:00 am:
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. 

 Class will be held in Mr. Adams classroom in the Beutler Middle School Building. Class begins at 8:00 am and will end at 10:30 am. Parents may pick their students up at that time. 


I anticipate this class should be complete in April. On some occasions, vehicle issues, illness, or poor weather could cause drives or classes to be delayed/rescheduled. Also, changing conditions due to Covid-19 and health department regulations can affect all schedules and plans.

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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