Welcome to The Link Driver Education Program
What is The Link Driver Education Program?
The Link Driver Education Program is for high school teenagers who are 15 years old and older. Our program is State of Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles approved. Our classroom is conveniently offered online or in person along with actual behind the wheel driving time with our State of Indiana approved certified driving instructors. We partner with the following 7 area high schools: Centerville, Connersville, Hagerstown, Lincoln, Northeastern, Richmond and Rushville. You don't have to be a student of one of those high schools to be one of our students. We serve students from all over the Whitewater Valley and surrounding areas.
When can I sign up for driver ed?
Students can sign up for our program as soon as they are 15 years old.
What does The Link Driver Ed Program consist of?
With The Link Driver's Education Program, students will complete 30 hours of class room time online or in class as well as 6 hours of behind the wheel training.
Our online class is administered through Driving Brilliance. Per state of Indiana guidelines, students must complete 30 classroom hours as well as the entire course. The online class is our most flexible option as it is completed on the students own time and can be accessed on a computer, tablet and most cell phones.
For students who prefer to take our in person classroom option instead of online, we will offer our 30 hour classroom four times a year. Our classroom will be held at our business office in Connersville. We must have at least 5 students in order to offer the classroom.
For those students who would prefer an in person class, we offer a classroom session at our office in Connersville. Our summer in person class is going on now, but our remaining 2021 in person Classroom Schedule is as follows:
- AUG-SEPT 2021 In Person Class: Sundays & Mondays Aug 15,16,22,23,29,30 Sept 12,13,19,20 5-8 PM
- DEC-JAN 2021-22 In Person Class- Sun 1:30-4:30 PM Mon 4:30-7:30 PM Dec 5,6,12,13,19,20 Jan 2,3,9,10
(We must have at least 7 students signed up for each in person class session otherwise student will be given the option to move to the next class session or take the course online.
Our behind the wheel training is offered conveniently year round and meets at all of our high schools as well as at our office. We drive after school and on weekends. Please note: summer is our busiest and most popular driving season. Our summer sessions fill up quickly. Please understand that we do our best to offer a wide variety of driving times, and if the session you want is full, we will work with you to figure out six days of driving to work with your schedule. However, that may mean that you will need to go on a wait list or schedule your driving in our next driving season such as the fall or winter. You technically don't have to drive with us right away, you just would want to have your driving completed with us before you are eligible to get your regular license. For most students that sign up once they turn 15, that means you have one year and 3 months to complete your driving with us.
When can I get my learner's permit and what do I need to do for my permit?
As long as you are signed up for an Indiana BMV approved driving school, you can get your learner's permit as soon as your are 15 years old.
Once you have signed up and paid for driver ed, we will send you an email with instructions on how to begin your class, how to study for your permit and what you need to gather for your permit. We will also attach to that email a Certificate of Enrollment form (CDE). You will need to print out the CDE form and take it with you when you go to the BMV to take your learner's permit test.
When you go to the BMV, you will take a test (on paper or computer- your choice). You will also take items that confirm your identity and address as well as the CDE form. Don't worry if you don't pass the test the first time, most students don't pass the first time. You can go back the next day and test again. There is no limit on how many times you take the permit test.
Ok, I have my learner's permit, now what??
Now that you have your permit, practice, practice, practice with your parents as much as possible. The more you practice and listen to your parents, the better driver you will be. If you are nervous, have your parents take you to an empty parking lot where you can practice controlling the car, turns, stops, parking, and backing up. Once you have mastered controlling the car, turns and stops; practicing driving in low traffic arears like a quiet subdivision where you can drive roads with stops and intersections. Then proceed to some city and county road driving. And keep practicing... and work on your driver ed class too!
When can I sign up to drive with an instructor?
Once a student has obtained their learner's permit, they are welcome to sign up for their 6 hours of Behind The Wheel (BTW) driving instruction as long as all driver ed registration fees are paid in full. You can call us to sign up for your driving over the phone at 765-377-7026 or sign up on our website at .
We drive year round and offer a variety of drive time options and locations; including weekend, school break and after school options. We prefer to drive students in groups of 2-3 as this allows more time for teaching as well as more exposure to a variety of different driving situations. We meet students at our business office in Connersville as well as at the all of the high schools that we partner with. Drive sessions are 6 weekdays straight, or 1-3 days a week for 2-6 weeks straight, or 3 consecutive weekends (Sat & Sun) or 6 consecutive Saturdays or Sundays.
Students do not have to drive with us right away, some students prefer to get some practice time in with their parents first. For our students who are active in extra-curricular activities, our weekend drive options are very popular and fill up fast. If for some reason, you are unable to find a drive time to work with your schedule, please call us at 765-377-7026. We will try our best to create a BTW schedule that will work for you.
Can I take the driving test (waiver) at The Link instead of the BMV?
Yes, we offer the waiver test for those students that would prefer to take their actual driving test with us instead of the BMV. When you are finished and passed your class as well as the 6 hours of BTW time with our instructor, you can scheduled your waiver test. If you are finished with your classroom instruction prior to the last day of scheduled BTW driving, your driving instructor can go ahead and schedule the driving test with the student once the BTW instruction is completed.
How do I sign up for The Link Driver Ed Program and how much does it cost?
To sign up for our driver's education training program, you can register online here. Our driver ed program is convenient and reasonably priced. We offer two packages: Standard $415 (includes classroom or online classroom and behind the wheel instruction) and All-Inclusive $435 (includes classroom or online class, behind the wheel instruction and waiver test). Please note: If you are interested in taking the waiver test, it is cheaper to take advantage of the All-Inclusive package. If you do not prepay for the waiver test, the fee for the waiver test is $50.
You can also take advantage of our EZ payment plan option for the All-Inclusive package. Our EZ payment plan option requires an initial $35 EZ pay set up fee along with the first month payment of $108.75 ($143.75 total) followed by 3 automatic monthly payments of $108.75 each. Your monthly payments will be automatically charged to your credit or debit card on the same day of each month. When choosing the EZ payment option, students can go ahead and get their permit and work on their online course, but they cannot sign up for a drive time until the full amount is paid.
What happens after I sign up for The Link Driver Ed Program?
Within 3 business days of receiving your full payment and registration, our business office staff will email the Certificate of Driver Education Enrollment to you. This is the form that needs to be taken to the BMV when applying for the learner's permit. This email will also give instructions for how to begin your online class and how to sign up for behind the wheel instruction.
If you prefer to register in person, feel free to call our office at (765) 377-7026 to set up an appointment to meet with our staff our business office located at 2508 Western Avenue Suite F, Connersville, IN (in the Cherry Hill Shopping Center). Please note: masks or face coverings must be worn in our office and in our driver education vehicles.
Does The Link offer refunds?
All fees are non-refundable. If you have any questions, please call our office at (765) 377-7026.
What if I need to change my drive time?
When you sign up to drive, make sure that schedule will work for you. All of our schedules are very busy, we do not have time to move schedules around. There is a $50 fee for each drive time that you need to reschedule. We will only waive the fees in cases of extreme circumstances.
How long do I have to complete driver education?
You have two years to complete driver education. You are no longer considered a driver ed student after two years from enrollment. Most students will complete driver ed within 12-18 months and will move on to getting their license before the two years is up. If you have allowed the program to lapse, there is no refund. It is your responsibility to complete the program. We will send emails as we post drive times, and you are also welcome to call us at anytime with questions or concerns about your training.
To find out more from the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles about obtaining a Learner's Permit or Driver's License and to make an appointment, visit the Indiana BMV website at https://www.in.gov/bmv/licenses-permits-ids/home/.
To find out more about the Driver Education Code of Responsibilities, visit the BMV website here: https://www.in.gov/bmv/licenses-permits-ids/files/responsibilities-driver-ed-students.pdf.