NYS Approved Driver Education
Clarence Community Education offers a New York State approved Driver Education program for Clarence students. According to NYS law, to be eligible to participate all students must be 16 years old on or before the first day of class and possess a valid NYS Drivers Permit or License. Successful completion of the course assures the student of an MV278 Prelicensing Certificate and an MV285 Certificate of Completion enabling the student to drive at night at 17 years of age and obtain a discount on auto insurance. Some insurance companies do not accept the MV285, so please check with your insurance agent before signing up for Driver Ed. There is no school credit for Driver Education. Please note: STUDENTS ABSENT MORE THAN TWO DAYS MUST BE DROPPED FROM THE COURSE WITH NO REFUND. ANY ABSENCE MUST BE MADE UP.UPDATED AUGUST 20, 2020FALL 2020WE WILL NOT BE OFFERING A FALL DRIVER EDUCATION PROGRAM DUE TO COVID-19. IF ANY CHANGES, THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED.WINTER/SPRING 2020Classes are scheduled to begin on Monday, January 6, 2020 and end on Thursday, May 14, 2020. The cost is $475.00. Students will be scheduled for classes 2 days a week for driving and classroom sessions. Classroom and driving sessions are approximately 90 minutes each. The program will run between 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM, Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays, depending on what session the student is enrolled in. The attendance policy is VERY STRICT - students absent more than 2 classes will be dropped from the course with no refund. A car session is one class. A classroom session is one class. Any absence must be made up to meet the NYS Education class time requirements. There is no school credit for completion of the course.The registration form will be posted on this website on Monday, November 4, 2019. You may mail it or bring it to the main office of the high school. Be sure you include payment, completed and legible registration form and a copy of the student's permit. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, December 18. Make-up classes will be held May 15, 18, 19, 20 & 21 if needed. If you miss the deadline or the spots fill up before the deadline, you will be placed on a waiting list. Students who turn 16 after December 18 but before January 6 can register. However, a copy of his/her permit MUST be given to the Driver Ed secretary BEFORE the first day of class or you will be dropped from the course. This is a NY State Education LAW!. You can pay by check, VISA or MasterCard. Please note that enrollment is on a first come, first serve basis. Students who currently attend Clarence High School will be given preference for enrollment.You will receive a confirmation email after December 18, 2019. Please fill out the registration form LEGIBLY so you receive the email. The informational letter, group listing and schedule will be posted on this webpage no later than 1 week before the first class. Your payment will be processed after the first day of class of the session you are enrolled in. Students who successfully complete Driver Education will receive the MV285 certificate.
QUESTIONS?: Send an email to HCwiklinski@clarenceschools.org
The NYS Department of Motor Vehicles webpage is a very valuable resource for information regarding permits, junior licenses, road tests, etc. The address is www.nydmv.state.ny.us/
Effective November 1, 2009, for all drivers: it is illegal to text or use any portable electronic device while the vehicle is in motion.
FYI: ARE YOU READY TO SCHEDULE YOUR ROAD TEST? You must have:
1) Valid NYS learner permit - new law effective 2/22/10 requires that a junior permit be held for at least 6 months before a junior or senior license will be issued.
2) Valid Prelicensing Course Certificate (MV278) or Valid Driver Education Certificate (MV285). Both of these certificates are given to each student in Driver Ed who passes the course. The MV278 is given out 1/2 way through the course by the classroom teacher after meeting curriculum requirements. The MV285 is mailed home after successful completion of the course.
3) MV262 form (new law effective 2/22/10 requires 50 hours of supervised driving - 15 hours after sunset) filled out by a parent, guardian or paid driving instructor. Blank MV262 forms are distributed to students by the Driver Ed classroom teacher, but a parent or guardian MUST FILL OUT THE TOP PORTION OF THE FORM, SIGN IT AND BRING IT TO THE ROAD TEST. During Driver Ed, students have 6 hours behind the wheel and 18 hours observing other drivers in the car - as required by NYS Education. This does NOT meet the requirements for the MV262 form. Drivers who are 17 years old AND have an MV285 do not need an MV262.
See the NYS Motor Vehicles web page for more information - www.nydmv.state.ny.us/.