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Just come on in when you are ready!

Teen Program (18 and Under):

Minnesota has what we refer to as a 30 and 6 requirement; meaning 30 hours of classroom driver education and 6 hours of Behind-The-Wheel driver training are required before someone can be tested for a driver’s license. Our program consists of the following:


Esse operates classroom lessons on a continuous basis, 4 nights a week, so that students can begin most anytime that fits their schedule. With no pre-registration required, students need only be at classroom 10- 15 minutes early to fill out the proper paperwork for instruction. All year there is class offered from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Monday through Thursday. During the summer months (June- August) an additional morning class is held from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon Monday through Friday. Each class runs for 3 hours. Each student must attend 10 classes (for 30 hours); 9 of them “lessons” days, the 10th day being one of review and testing. Upon successful completion of the classroom portion and registration for Behind-The-Wheel students are issued a “blue slip” which allows them to take the permit test at a state testing station. A student may start when they are 14, however, no student may be issued a blue slip before turning 15 years old.

All you need to bring to classroom is a check or cash, and a willingness to learn!

We will provide all the necessary materials and pencils for you!


Behind-The-Wheel consists of 3 private lessons where students are picked up from home or school, trained for 2 hours, and returned home again. During the total of 6 hours of training, students will be practicing as many fundamentals of driving as possible. In addition, students are normally shown as many different types of driving situations as possible, including urban/ city situations. It is important to realize that most people in the metro area will find the need to drive downtown sooner or later. Please understand that after having 6 hours of training, some students are ready to be road tested and some are NOT. The purpose of Behind-The-Wheel is to improve the student’s driving abilities as much as possible in the time allowed; how proficient they turn out to be also depends on where and how much practice they get in the family car. Upon completion of Behind-The-Wheel, students are issued a “white slip” which allows them, after turning 16 years old and completing the 6 month permit requirements, to take the road test at a state testing station.

Adult Program:

Adults (18 +) do not have the same requirements as those as 18 and under students. You are NOT required to attend classroom, or take Behind-The-Wheel lessons if you do not feel it necessary. However, it is strongly encouraged to take at least Behind-The-Wheel lessons to improve driving skills and prepare for the state road test. Adult students are required to hold a permit for at least 3 months before they are allowed to take the road test. If you have held a permit in another state, the time you have had that permit may count toward the 3 month waiting period. Please feel free to contact us on any questions you have on adult Behind-The-Wheel lessons.