Driver Ed. Behind-the-Wheel Info

Behind the Wheel Driver Education runs continuously throughout the school year and is offered after school. To become eligible to take Behind the Wheel, the student must have their Learner's Permit and successfully complete the classroom portion of Driver's Education. In addition, before a student is able to register both student and parent must attend the Safe Teen Driver's Education meeting held throughout Prince William County. The meeting is state mandated for all students taking Behind the Wheel Driver's education.   We do operate on a first come first serve basis. 

Prerequisite:
1. Must have a valid Virginia Learner’s Permit
2. Successful completion of Classroom Driver Education OR current enrollment  in Patriot HPEII Driver Education (students must finish 3 weeks of DE).
3. Students should complete a minimum of ten hours behind the wheel experience with a parent prior to taking In-Car Driver Education.

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In-Car Driver Education includes Road instruction. The class is scheduled as an after school elective program providing the required 7 days (50 min driving, 50 min observation each lesson) of quality instruction needed to receive a Virginia Driver’s License. Upon completion of the two phases of the course and submission of the 45 hour driving log the student will be issued a Temporary Driver’s License (TDL). This Provisional Driver’s License is valid only after the student reaches the age of 16 and 3 months and after they have held a Virginia learner’s permit for 9 months. All students should complete the requirements for ninth grade physical education before enrolling in the tenth grade Driver Education Program.

Online Registration for Behind-the-Wheel (Registration NOW OPEN)

Driver Education Behind the Wheel Instruction dates are now available for registration. Students must have a learner's permit in order to register for the course. Visit the registration site for Behind the Wheel.

Steps to Ensure Proper Registration - Please read the ENTIRE section so as not to delay your registration!

  1.  Please visit our Patriot Behind the Wheel Website for information and forms: Patriot Behind the Wheel Website. (print the three forms in the registration folder in the file section. Submit the 3 forms, and online credit transaction receipt of $240. Registration is not complete without the permission forms and student info)
  2. To register for the course log into the registration site for Behind the Wheel 
  3. Click on Register Now below Range and Road (Academic Year) / $240 (online credit payment)
  4. Complete the student information section
  5. Scroll down to Parent Information: Fill out information for one or both parents.
  6. At the top right of the page create a username and password.
  7. Select your school
  8. Click on Register. The screen will change to show Courses and Terms of Service.  After reading the terms, click "Agree to Terms" box.  Click submit.
  9. This will take you to your Account Ledger.  It will show an outstanding balance of $240.
  10. Before you will be scheduled for Behind-the-Wheel you must make an online payment (see link below). 
  11. Mrs. Dignan will mark you paid after receiving all items/forms for registration via email ONLY - see "Don't forget the last steps" section below. Important: When your balance reads $0 you will be able to schedule your range and road sessions. This may take a few days for the coordinator to complete this process.
  12. When scheduling your session, you should select TWO consecutive RANGE dates and FIVE consecutive ROAD dates. Please note: you MUST complete 2 sessions of range instruction BEFORE your road sessions begin. Please schedule with the same instructor for all sessions. ** We require 2 students to be enrolled in a session for it to begin. **
  13. Your schedule will automatically be added to your student account that you created during registration. Please check frequently for updates to the schedule by logging into your account
  14. You will need to confirm your email and/ or text in order to receive alerts and notifications. Under the personal information section of your account, please check how you would like notifications to be sent to you.  Please confirm now.
  15. You will receive an email and/or text with a four digit code. Please put that 4 digit code into the box. You will not receive any alerts indicating your schedule or changes made to the schedule if you do not complete steps 14-15. You will be reminded of a scheduled session by email and/or text. If you are unable to make a schedule session, proper notice must be given to the coordinator by logging into your account and leaving an email message or you must see the instructor in person to cancel. Missed sessions without notification will result in a $25 cancellation fee.

Do not forget to the last steps below!! - Your registration is not complete until you finish the last step!

  1. Complete the forms in the Behind-the-Wheel Registration File Folder in the section BELOW. (Driver Ed Student Information, Parent Permission #1 and Parent Permission #2).
  2. Email Mrs. Dignan (dignanam@pwcs.edu): Email credit card receipt, all forms (Driver Ed Student Information, Parent Permission #1 and Parent Permission #2) and a copy of your DEC-District 8 Certificate of Completion (pink card).
  • Students must bring hard copy of the DEC-District 8 card on the first day of instruction. Students arriving to the school should meet at Door 20 and come inside to wait in the hall outside of the weight room.  All students must wear a mask and bring a pen!

IMPORTANT: Please DO NOT submit any paperwork to the main office! All paperwork must be submitted via EMAIL to dignanam@pwcs.edu.

Please only submit ONE registration. Once you register please ensure that you save your login and password for future use.

We run sessions year round - with limited availability in the Summer.