P.O. BOX 2120



July 9, 2004



Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction



2004-2005 Driver Education Program Approval Application


In accordance with 46.2-334 of the Code of Virginia, the Department of Education is responsible for approving public and private school driver education programs. Driver education program requirements are specified in the 2001 Curriculum and Administrative Guide for Driver Education in Virginia as prescribed by 22.1-205 of the Code of Virginia.


Public and private schools seeking program approval from the Department of Education must submit the attached Driver Education Program Approval Application prior to beginning instruction.  The application form requires division superintendents or heads of private schools requesting driver education program approval to certify that the proposed program will meet all state-approved program requirements. 


As required by 22.1-205 of the Code of Virginia, the Virginia Board of Education has established a standardized program of driver education for public, private, and commercial schools.  The Driver Education Standards of Learning and the Curriculum and Administrative Guide for Driver Education in Virginia prescribe the content and administrative requirements of a state-approved driver education program.  In addition, the Department of Education has developed a set of driver education scope and sequence modules to assist teachers in providing a standardized program of instruction that meets state requirements.  These Curriculum Scope and Sequence Modules are available at


Course content, minimum requirements, and administrative guidelines for classroom driver education and laboratory training (driving and observing and, if utilized, simulation and multi-car-range instruction), shall follow the Board of Educations standardized program of instruction as outlined in the administrative section of the guide.  Successful course completion is a prerequisite for applicants younger than age 19 to obtain a drivers license in Virginia. 


The Department of Education will share the teacher information submitted on the program approval application with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to satisfy 46.2-340 of the Code of Virginia that directs the DMV to monitor classroom and in-car driver education teachers driving records.  Periodically, we will send each school the names of the teachers on DMVs monitored list to verify accuracy and to amend when necessary.


The Virginia Association of Driver Education and Traffic Safety (VADETS) is pleased to announce that it has received a 402 federal highway safety grant administered by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles to provide staff development training this summer for all public, private, and commercial school driver education teachers.  Teachers are encouraged to register for the online training at


Please complete and send the attached 2004-2005 Driver Education Program Approval Application to the Department of Education by August 6, 2004. If you have questions, please contact Vanessa C. Wigand, ( , specialist, health education, physical education and driver education, at (804) 225-3300.