What are the requirements to complete the driver education course?
To receive credit for the course, you must complete 30 hours of indoor classroom, 12 hours of behind-the-wheel training, 6 hours of in-car observation, and a 2-hour parent class. The 2-hour parent class is not required if you are over the age of 18 when completing the course.
How old do you have to be to start drivers ed?
You must be at least 15 years and 9 months old to begin the 30 hours of indoor classroom. You must be at least 16 years old to get your learner's permit and begin the driving and observation part of the course.
How do I get my completion certificate after I finish the course?
The RMV no longer issues paper completion certificates. Your certificate will be processed online in the RMV's database. Your insurance company should be able to look it up online.
Do I need a permit to complete the 30 hours of indoor classroom?
You do not have to have a permit to do the 30 hours of indoor classroom. Our classes can actually help you to study for the permit test if you attend them beforehand. You must have a permit to start the driving and observing.
Can I miss a classroom session and make it up later?
Yes, you can miss classes and make them up during another session. You must make up the exact class sessions that you missed. There are 10 classes in total. Classes 1-9 can be completed in any order and class # 10 must be completed last.
What is a parent class?
The parent class is a mandatory 2-hour information session for parents. It is required for students under the age of 18 to complete the full course and receive their license.
Starting May 1, 2019, the Registry of Motor Vehicles is requiring that a parent class be completed before students can start their behind-the-wheel or observation hours.
Do both parents have to attend the parent class?
We only need one parent to attend the class to give you credit for it, but both parents are welcome to attend.
Do I have to do the parent class again if I have completed one for another child?
If you have completed a parent class for another child within the last 5 years, you should not have to attend again. If you completed one at O'Rourke's, we can look it up in our records. If you completed it at another school, we will need a copy of a parent class completion certificate from the other school to give you credit.
Can I start my driving and observation hours before I complete the 30 hours of indoor classroom?
Yes, you are allowed to start the driving portion of the course at any time as long as you have a learner's permit, you have paid a deposit of at least $165, and your parent has completed a parent class if you are under age 18. Please keep in mind actual availability will depend on the time of year and how busy our schedule is. Please call our office at (413)584-4000 for more information on scheduling driving lessons before you start your classroom.
Do I need a learner's permit to start observation hours?
Yes, you need to have a permit to do both the driving lessons and the observation lessons.
Do you pick up for driving and observation hours?
Yes, we pick up in Northampton and several surrounding areas. Please give us a call before you register to determine if your town/address is within our pickup area. If you are not within our service area we would be happy to establish a meeting location with you.
How do I start scheduling my driving and observation hours?
Behind-the-wheel hours can be scheduled through our online scheduler. If you already have your login username and password, just sign in and click on schedule behind-the-wheel in your student center.
If you do not have your username and password please call our office at (413)584-4000 to get your login information and more details.
*Please note: Students that have started the driving school course May 1, 2019 or later must either complete a parent class or confirm with us that a parent class has already been completed for a sibling within the past 5 years before they can start the driving and observation portion of the course.
Will my driving lesson be cancelled if there is snow?
Instructors will usually determine on the day of a snowstorm if it is safe to teach or not. The instructor or someone from the office will contact you on the day of your lesson if we do plan to cancel lessons for that day. In some cases, we may cancel the day before depending on the severity of the storm.
Do you take students for their road test?
We offer a package that includes a car rental for your test, an instructor-sponsor, and a 10-15 minute warmup lesson right before your test. For more information and pricing please visit our Services page.
When are road tests scheduled if I go with the driving school?
Road tests are usually scheduled at the Easthampton RMV on a Wednesday or a Thursday morning.
Can I schedule my road test before I finish my driving lessons?
If you are under age 18, you must have all of the course requirements (30 hours classroom, 12 hours of driving, 6 hours observing, and the parent class) completed and your driver education processed before you can schedule a road test.
Will my road test be canceled if there is snow?
If public schools located in the same town of the RMV are canceled due to snow, usually road tests are canceled as well. However, some road test examiners may decide to still do tests if they determine the roads are safe enough to do so. We usually contact students on the morning of the test to notify if they are canceled or not. The RMV does not charge you a cancellation fee if they cancel tests due to snow, however, if you cancel it out before they make a decision you may be charged. We recommend that you wait until you hear from us before canceling to possibly avoid getting charged.