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Obtain Iowa Instruction Permit

Ready to learn how to drive? Your first step needed is obtaining an Iowa instruction permit. You may obtain an Iowa instruction permit if you are at least 14 years of age. For more information please see the Iowa Department of Transportation website.

Instruction Permit Information

Practice driving with your child

After obtaining your Iowa instruction permit please start practicing driving with your child in parking lots, residential areas, business district areas, etc. When your child comes to driver education with experience behind the wheel they have the confidence needed to be more successful in the driving portion of the course.

The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program

Register for a driver education course

Ready to learn how to drive? Get registered for a driver education course. We’re adding classes all the time, so if you don’t find a date or time that fits your schedule, please check back often.

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What to expect

Street Smarts courses combine classroom instruction with hands-on driving practice in a variety of settings to help prepare our students for the road.

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Extensive highway & city driving

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Parking skills

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Knowledgeable guest speakers

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Gravel road driving experience

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PowerPoint instruction

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Courses offered year-round

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are students required to have an Iowa permit to register for a course with Street Smarts?

My child has some anxiety while driving. Do you have any advice to help them through this?

Do I still have to take a class if I’m 18 years old (or older)?



Yes, we require an Iowa instruction permit to sign up and take our course. You may obtain this permit once you are at least 14 years old. You’ll be required to take a knowledge test with the Department of Transportation.



Very few children don’t have anxiety while driving. The only way to get through this is to have your child drive. Start them in areas without traffic (empty parking lots, fairground areas, etc.) The more experience they get the less anxiety they have.



Once you are 18 years old you are not required to take driver education to obtain a license. Once you are 18 you may take the knowledge test with the Department of transportation and then a road test. Once you pass both you will obtain your driver license. If you are under 18 years old you are required to take driver education to obtain a minor school license or an intermediate license.

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Want to work with us?

Street Smarts is locally owned and operated and employs only Iowa-certified licensed instructors. We have opportunites for classroom instructors and behind-the-wheel driving instructors. Stop into our office for an application or apply online.

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