Driver's Ed. Behind-the-Wheel Info

Behind the Wheel Driver's Education runs continuously throughout the school year and is offered after school. To become eligible to take Behind the Wheel, the student must have their Learner's Permit and successfully complete the classroom portion of Driver's Education. In addition, before a student is able to register both student and parent must attend the Safe Teen Driver's Education meeting held throughout Prince William County. The meeting is state mandated for all students taking Behind the Wheel Driver's education. The Safe Teen Driver's meeting schedule is available in the file section of the web page as it is offered at various schools throughout the county.  We do operate on a first come first serve basis.  The student will need to obtain a permission form to be signed by their parent and $250 to participate.

Prerequisite: Learner’s Permit and enrollment in (must complete 3 weeks) or successful completion of Classroom Driver Education. Students must complete a minimum of ten hours behind the wheel experience prior to taking In-Car Driver Education.

Credit: 0

In-Car Driver Education includes Road instruction. The class is scheduled as an after school elective program providing the required 14 class periods needed to receive a Virginia Driver’s License. Upon completion of the two phases of the course and submission of the 45 hour driving log the student will be issued a Temporary Driver’s License (TDL). This Provisional Driver’s License is valid only after the student reaches the age of 16 and 3 months and after they have held a Virginia learner’s permit for 9 months. All students should complete all requirements for ninth grade physical education before enrolling in the tenth grade Driver Education Program.

Refunds will not be issued!

Online Registration for Behind-the-Wheel

Driver Education Behind the Wheel Instruction dates are now available for registration. Students must have a learner's permit in order to register for the course. Visit the registration site for Behind the Wheel.

Steps to Ensure Proper Registration

  1.  Please visit our Patriot Behind the Wheel Website for information and forms: Patriot Behind the Wheel Website. (print the three forms in the registration folder in the file section. Submit the 3 forms with payment of $250 or online credit transaction receipt. Registration is not complete without the permission forms and student info)
  2. To register for the course log into the registration site for Behind the Wheel 
  3. Click on Register Now below Range and Road (Academic Year) / $250 (check payable to PWCS)
  4. Complete the student information section
  5. Scroll down to Parent Information: Fill out information for one or both parents.
  6. At the top right of the page create a username and password.
  7. Select your school
  8. Click on Register. The screen will change to show Courses and Terms of Service.  After reading the terms, click "Agree to Terms" box.  Click submit.
  9. This will take you to your Account Ledger.  It will show an outstanding balance of $250.
  10. Before you will be scheduled for Behind-the-Wheel you must make payment (personal check or money order) payable to PWCS. Submit payment to Mrs. Dignan located in the PE office (near the weight room) or in Room 1312.  Do not submit payment or any paperwork to the main office.
    • Acceptable forms of payment: Personal Check or Money order made payable to PWCS or Credit/Debit card. (Submit your payment to Mrs. Dignan located in the PE Office (near the weight room) or in Room 1312. Do not submit payment or any paperwork to the main office!
    • Credit card payments accepted: Visa, Visa Debit, Mastercard, and Mastercard Debit
    • You may pay the Driver Ed fee through the secure online website
    • Mrs. Dignan will mark you paid once payment is received.  When your balance reads $0 you will be able to schedule your range and road sessions.  This may take a few days for the coordinator to complete this process.
  11. Mrs. Dignan will mark you paid. Important: When your balance reads $0 you will be able to schedule your range and road sessions.This may take a few days for the coordinator to complete this process.
  12. When scheduling your session, you should select TWO consecutive RANGE dates and FIVE consecutive ROAD dates. Please note: you MUST complete 2 sessions of range instructor BEFORE your road sessions begin.Please schedule with the same instructor for all sessions. ** We require 2 students to be enrolled in a session for it to begin. **
  13. Your schedule will automatically be added to your student account that you created during registration.Please check frequently for updates to the schedule by logging into your account
  14. You will need to confirm your email and/ or text in order to receive alerts and notifications.Under the personal information section of your account, please check how you would like notifications to be sent to you.
  15. Please confirm now.
  16. You will receive an email and/or text with a four digit code.Please put that 4 digit code into the box.You will not receive any alerts indicating your schedule or changes made to the schedule if you do not complete steps 14-16. You will be reminded of a scheduled session by email and/or text. If you are unable to make a schedule session, proper notice must be given to the coordinator by logging into your account and leaving an email message or you must see the instructor in person to cancel. Missed sessions without notification will result in a $25 cancellation fee.

Do not forget the last steps below!!

  1. Go to the Patriot Driver Ed Website ( and print off/complete the forms in the Behind-the-Wheel Registration File Folder (Driver Ed Student Information, Parent Permission #1 and Parent Permission #2).
  2. Bring your payment or credit card receipt ($250 payable to PWCS) DEC-District 8 Card (if you have finished classroom driver education) and all forms to Mrs. Dignan in the PE Office (Room 1418 near the weight room – or Room 1312).
    • Do not submit anything to the main office!!

Please only submit ONE registration. Once you register please ensure that you save your login and password for future use.

We run our sessions year round - with limited availability in the Summer.