Student Driver Education Program

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    The Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21 provides Driver Education to high school students for the 2017/2018 school year(July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018). 

    The goal of the Driver's Education program is to teach young people to be safe and responsible drivers.


    To achieve this goal, Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit offers Online Driving Theory Instruction and Behind-the-Wheel Instruction as part of the driver education services.


    For those students in school districts that have an agreement with CLIU 21 to provide Student Driver Education and complete BOTH the Driving Theory Instruction (online) and Behind the Wheel Instruction, the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit offers the opportunity to complete the PA DMV Road Test during the last Behind the Wheel lesson.

    **Please note:  Beginning September 1, 2017, all eligible test students will be required to complete a parallel parking component during the Road Test.   


    Students may be eligible for a 10-20 percent reduction in insurance premium costs upon completion of an approved Driver Education program. Please check with your individual insurance company. 


    A senior license is obtainable at age 17 ½ after the student has completed both the classroom and the behind-the-wheel instruction and the student has a Junior License at least one year without a violation.

    ·         License Change Application 


     Online Driving Theory Instruction


    The Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21 now offers an online driving theory course in collaboration with the Edward Savioz Driving School. This 30 - hour online course can be completed at your own pace from anywhere you are connected to the internet. This course is interactive, convenient and easy to navigate, and will satisfy the theory component of the CLIU #21 program. 


    Cost:  $118.00 

    Registration:  CLIU Keys to Driving

    Behind-the Wheel Training

    *As of 04/05/2017, we are booking new students to begin in 8-10 weeks.  If the lesson calendar appears blank, all lessons are currently booked.  New dates and times are added by instructors often.  Please check the calendar frequently to add individual lessons.*


    Lessons for this course are available year round.  All students must be 16 years of age and have secured either a learner's permit or driver's license.  On-the-Road Skills Training consists of 6 hours of individual behind-the-wheel training. Each lesson consists of skills that will build the student's driving skills and should be practiced between sessions.


    Prior to beginning this program, it is recommended that students complete at least 10 hours of practice in becoming familiar with preparing for driving, understanding the motor vehicle functions, basic motion, steering, and signaling.  Having advance preparation assists in the development of competent, confident, and safe drivers.   Throughout the time frame of the lessons, students should be completing at least 60 hours of practice in addition to the instructed hours per PA Department of Motor Vehicles requirements. The PA Department of Motor Vehicles has some excellent resources including a guidebook for parents assisting in the practice of driving skills on their Teen Safety Tips page.  

    Upon registration, students will be able to access the instructor calendar to select dates and times for lessons. All lessons begin and end at one of our approved pick-up locations.  Testing must be completed at CLIU - Schnecksville or Parkland High School.  If the scheduling calendar for a site is blank, this indicates that all available lessons are currently full.  Please continue to check the schedule as instructors add addtional sessions as they are available and student cancellations create open spaces as well.

    Cost:  $290.00

    Register Here:  CLIU Driver Education Website

    Required Documents: 

    ·         Valid PA Lerner’s Permit

    ·        Parental Consent Form


    *Additional lesson hours may be purchased at a rate of $55.00 per hour once you have registered for the initial training.

    *Lessons that are missed without 24 hour cancellation will be assessed a $15.00 fee. 


    Eligibility for PA DMV Road Test during final lesson.

    · Completion of PDE Approved Driving Theory Course(Online or Traditional Classroom) – can be verified by certificate, letter, or report card.

    ·         Valid PA Lerner’s Permit 

    ·         PA Certification Form DL-180C  

    ·       State Testing Authorization Form


    Schools that have an agreement with CLIU 21 to provide Student Driver Education End of Course Skills Testing:

    • Allentown
    • Allentown Central Catholic
    • Catasauqua
    • Northampton
    • Northern Lehigh
    • Northwestern Lehigh
    • Notre Dame Green Pond
    • Palmerton
    • Parkland
    • Salisbury
    • Southern Lehigh
    • Whitehall
    If your school is not listed, please call our office to inquire about arranging an agreement with your school.
    For more information please contact the Student Driver Education Office via e-mail at or via phone at (610) 769-4111 Extension 1299 or (800) 223-4821 Extension 1299.



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