Online Permit Test.  Driver & Vehicle Services has announced that effective Oct 8, students can take the Class D Knowledge Test (the Permit Test) online from home with an adult proctoring the test.  Permit Tests will continue to be offered by appointment only at select DVS testing centers.

To schedule a Permit Test appointment, the State instructs you to go to drive.mn.gov (do not add www. to the beginning).  For in-person testing, select <Schedule or Reschedule a Road or Class D Knowledge Test> and follow the prompts.  For online testing from home, select <Take a Class D Knowledge Test> and follow the prompts.

BTW Lesson Alert.  Safeway does not currently have its BTW schedules open for online scheduling. Due to the pandemic and the resulting backlog of behind-the-wheel lessons, the office is scheduling lessons for priority students who have upcoming Road Tests. We are currently hiring and training more instructors and we hope to open up our online scheduling by mid-Nov. Please check back for further updates.

BTW Priority List.  Our priority for BTW lessons continues to be students who have an upcoming Road Test, many of whom have already emailed us.  Please do not schedule a Road Test until mid-Dec at the earliest.  We simply will not be able to schedule lessons for you.

If you do schedule a Road Test in mid-Dec or beyond, please let us know by emailing the name and DOB of the student and the date, time and location of the Road Test to info@safewaydrivingschool.com with the subject “Priority List”.  We will put you on the Priority List.  Please be patient as we get in contact with you.  We are contacting students with the closest Road Tests first.  We are, of course, waiving the recommendation of 30 days between lessons.

Behind-the Wheel COVID Safety Procedures.  Safeway has new procedures for behind-the-wheel training:

  • Safety precautions will require students and instructors to wear a mask at all times in the car.
  • In order to protect our instructors and students, students who show any COVID-19 symptoms must cancel their behind-the-wheel lesson. There is no cancellation fee for a late cancellation due to illness.
  • We are eliminating back-to-back lessons and are scheduling time between lessons to allow the instructor to disinfect high-touch surfaces in the vehicle between students.
  • Pick-up and drop-off will be done at Safeway classrooms and at selected high schools rather than at a student’s home.

Classroom Instruction.  Safeway is conducting classroom instruction in a distance learning format using a secure Zoom meeting. To register for a class session, click the button at the top of our home page or view the calendars for a classroom near you or a school program.  Please review the distance learning expectations and requirements at the top of the page and scroll down to the calendar of classes.

Parent Classes.  Safeway now offers distance learning Parent Classes.  The class is conducted via a secure Zoom meeting, allowing parents to attend from home.  The class lasts about 90 minutes.  State rules require parents to have an audio and video connection to the class.  Accordingly, parents must attend the teleconference class on a laptop, tablet or desktop computer with a web camera and microphone.  A cell phone is not an appropriate device for attending the class.  To register, please view any classroom calendar on our web site and click the <Sign Up> button for the Parent Class you wish to attend.

Blue Cards.  After a distance learning class is over, we mail the Blue Card to students who have completed all 10 lessons, have signed Service Agreement and are up-to-date on payments.  The Blue Cards are generally mailed out a day or two after the session ends.  An email informs you the Blue Card has been issued and mailed.

Make-Up Students.  If you are a student looking to make-up missed lessons, you can do so through special distance learning sessions, not individual lessons.  Importantly, you must complete your classroom session before we can move your registration to a make-up session.

Please click the button at the top of our home page for the make-up session calendar or click here.  Review the expectations and requirements at the top of the Distance Learning Make-Up page and scroll down to the calendar of class sessions.

Make-up students should find the session in which they would like to attend one or more missed lessons.   Again, registration is for a 10-lesson make-up session, not for individual lessons. Students receive Zoom login credentials the weekday before the session begins and they sign in and attend whichever lessons(s) they’ve missed on the date the missed lesson is given.

Please send an email request to info@safewaydrivingschool.com with the subject “Make-Up Session” and include the name and date of birth of the student along with the start date and time of the desired session. We will confirm your request with a return email.

Road Tests.  Road Tests are available by appointment at a limited number of exam stations. Locally that includes Arden Hills, Anoka, Eagan and Plymouth.  The State will post any updates on their web site: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs/Pages/default.aspx

FAQs

Can I just take distance learning classes only and do my behind-the-wheel lessons elsewhere? No, we’ve decided against that.  There is a big difference between the distance learning classes in Safeway’s Teen Package (both classroom and behind-the-wheel) and the classroom-only sessions elsewhere.  Students who complete Safeway’s distance learning classroom instruction will receive a Blue Card, a State form issued by the driving school doing your behind-the-wheel lessons.  Other online programs issue a completion letter.  The Blue Card lets you take the Permit Test.  The completion letter lets you to find a driving school who will agree to do your behind-the-wheel lessons and issue a Blue Card to you.

Will my Service Agreement expiration date be extended?  Yes, expiration dates are automatically being extended for 90 days and will be extended for additional 90 days until we are more fully staffed for BTW lessons.