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Iowa driver's education instructor's information

Driverís education by a teaching parent

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A new law passed by the 2013 Iowa Legislature in House File 215 will allow parents who home school their children to teach driver education in certain circumstances. The law requires the Iowa DOT to develop rules for approved courses suitable for home school parents and, once courses have been identified and approved, to post them on the Iowa DOT's website.

Home school parents may not begin driver education instruction until the rule making process is complete and course information is posted to the Iowa DOT's website. Until this is done, a child must complete an approved driver education course through a public/private high school or a private driver education program.

Here are a few basic guidelines from the new law:

  • A ďteaching parentĒ is a parent, guardian, or legal custodian of a student that is currently providing competent private instruction to the student according to Iowa Code sections 299A.2 or 299A.3. To qualify, the teaching parent must have been serving as a teacher to the student during the previous year.

  • The teaching parent must have a valid driverís license. The driving record of the teaching parent must be clear for the previous two years. A parent who has only a motorized bicycle (moped) license or a temporary restricted license (work permit) will not be able to provide driver education instruction to a student.

  • A student is someone between the ages of 14 and 21 years and has obtained a learnerís permit from the Iowa DOT.

  • The law requires the teaching parent to have custody of the student.

Once the new teaching parent guidelines, applications, and course and instruction guidelines are approved, they will be posted to this website.