Important Customer Information (4/1/22)
Safeway is Hiring! We are looking for patient, mature adults to instruct students in the car. The Dept of Public Safety performs background checks and exams. If you are interested in learning more about this position, please call our office.
Distance Learning Classes. Safeway offers after school and evening distance learning sessions, as posted on the distance learning calendar on our web site. To register for a class session, click the <Register for Distance Learning Classes> button at the top of our home page or view the calendars for a school program or classroom near you listed lower on our home page. Please review the distance learning expectations and requirements and scroll down to the calendar of classes.
Please Note: The variance to offer driver’s education via Distance Learning expires on June 30, 2022. Safeway is communicating with the State to extend that variance. In the case the variance is not extended and you have registered for a Distance Learning class starting after June 30, Safeway will provide you with an option of a full refund or an in-person class at one of our Safeway locations.
In-Person Classes. In-person instruction at Safeway’s classrooms are posted on the classroom calendars on our web site. In addition, most of our community education partners have returned to in-person classes. Please refer to the community education calendars on our web site for dates and registration information.
Missed Classroom Lessons. Make-up lessons can be taken in-person or by distance learning via Zoom.
Students can register for individual missed classroom lessons by logging into their student account. Click the <Student Login> button in the top right corner of our home page and enter your last name, date of birth, home zip code and PIN. Go to the Classroom Lessons tab and click <Register for a Make-Up Lesson>. We are also happy to help over the phone by calling our office during business hours.
Once a make-up lesson is selected, you will receive a confirmation email and a reminder email two days before the lesson. Your scheduled make-up lessons are listed on the Classroom Lessons tab. If distance learning is selected, click the <Zoom Login Information> button for the scheduled lesson for the meeting ID and password.
Please note, students must miss the lesson before they can register for a make-up lesson. Make-up lessons cannot be arranged in advance.
Blue Cards. Students attending in-person classes who have completed all 10 lessons and are up-to-date on payments will receive their Blue Card from the instructor after the last class.
For distance learning students, we mail the Blue Card to students. 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.
Parent Classes. Safeway offers distance learning Parent Classes conducted via a secure Zoom meeting. The class lasts about 90 minutes. State rules require parents to have an audio and video connection to the Zoom class. Accordingly, parents must attend the teleconference class on a laptop, tablet or desktop computer with a web camera and microphone. 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.
Permit Testing. Permit Tests are 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), under Appointments select <Schedule or Reschedule a Road Test or Class D Knowledge Test> and follow the prompts.
BTW Lessons. Please be aware, we are experiencing a backlog due to Covid outbreaks and retiring instructors. We are hiring as fast as we can but the training and licensing is time-consuming. If you need all three lessons, we ask that you do not schedule your road test before July.
Students can schedule a BTW lesson by logging into your student account. Click the <Student Login> button in the top right corner of our home page and enter your last name, date of birth and home zip code. Go to the BTW Lessons tab and click <Schedule a Behind-the-Wheel Lesson>.
If you do not see any lessons available online, please call the office. We can offer you a lesson in another drive zone or put you on a call back list. We are in the process of hiring instructors and we appreciate your patience as we work through this difficult time.
COVID Safety Procedures for BTW Lessons. Safeway’s safety measures include sanitizing hands before the lesson begins, wearing face masks if the student, parent or instructor desire it and regularly disinfecting high-touch surfaces in the car. Please let the instructor know before the lesson if you prefer masks.
Students and instructors who show any COVID symptoms or who have had COVID exposure must cancel their behind-the-wheel lesson. There is no cancellation fee for a late cancellation due to illness.
Road Tests. Road Tests are available by appointment only. There are no walk-in exams allowed. To schedule a Road Test appointment, go to drive.mn.gov (do not add www. to the beginning), under Appointments select <Schedule or Reschedule a Road Test or Class D Knowledge Test> and follow the prompts.
How do I get my Zoom meeting information? Students who are registered for a ten-lesson session will receive an email a few days before the start of the session with the Zoom login credentials. That information can also be found in the student’s online account at Safeway. Click the <Zoom Login Information> button on the Classroom Lessons tab.
Students who are registered for a make-up lesson can also access their Zoom login credentials in their online account at Safeway. Your scheduled make-up lessons are listed on the Classroom Lessons tab. Click the <Zoom Login Information> button for the scheduled lesson.
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.