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Requirements to Open a Commercial Driving School

 

Requirements to Open a Commercial Driving School

An individual interested in opening a Commercial Driving School must submit:

  1. An Original Commercial Driving School Application for licensure. (Note: Please type in the form, print it then, save it.)


  2. A Certified fictitious name or Certificate of Incorporation filed with the Secretary of State:

a. Certified fictitious name must have been issued within the last five years.
b. Certificate of Incorporation must have been filed within the last year.

  • A copy of the student contract to be issued between the school and student.


  • A copy of the training curriculum (for classroom instruction).


  • A copy of a valid certificate of insurance for each vehicle used for instruction.


  • Provide one set of fingerprints for a fingerprint-based criminal background check. Do Not send a fingerprint card with your application. Print the fingerprint card and visit a Live Scan provider to submit your fingerprints electronically. There is a 3-7 day wait for results. Results are emailed to the Department. The results are valid for 2 years.


  • Documentation for each certified instructor. (See Requirements to Become a Certified Instructor)


  • A certificate of occupancy or lease agreement for the office; the office location can not be attached to a residence.


  • Please print Rule 15A-11 - Driver Training School and keep for your records.


  • A $250 payment; includes $200 license fee plus $ 50 non-refundable application fee.

  • Requirements to Become a Certified Instructor  

    To become a certified commercial driving school instructor you must have no suspensions, revocations, cancellations, or disqualification on your record 3 years prior to the date of the application and you must submit:

    1. A completed commercial driving school instructor application (Note: Please type in the form, print it then, save it.)

    2. A Certificate of Completion for: 32-hour Driving Instructor Training Course (DITC), 8-hour DITC Refresher, or Driver Performance Analysis System (DPAS). The DPAS is a test given to potential instructors who have not taken the 32-hour DITC. If you submit the DPAS scores, you must enroll and complete the next scheduled 32-hour DITC. Check with these course providers to find out which one is offering the course you need this time of year:

      Florida Safety Counci (FSC)l
      1505 E Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32803
      Teresa Mills at (407) 897-4448 or Starr Wingfield via email or (407) 897-4439


      Modern Approaches to Traffic Safety
      9772 65th Way,Pinellas Park, FL 33782
      Jim Roberts of Modern Approaches to Traffic Safety at (727) 544-2966 or via email or via email at modernapproaches@verizon.net


      A Treasure Coast Driving School (ATCDS)
      2658 SE Willoughby Blvd.
      Stuart, FL 34994

      Next Training Class(es):
      DITC 32-hour Instructor Course, Teach the Teacher
      Class Location:
      MATTS September 5, 6, 7 September 2014 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
      FSC Session #1 DITC January 22, 23, 24, 2015 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
      ATCDS Session #1 DITC March 27, 28, 29, 2015 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
      FSC Session #2 DITC May 14, 15, 16, 2015 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
      ATCDS Session #2 DITC July 31, Aug 1, Aug 2, 2015 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
      FSC Session #3 DITC September 17, 18, 19, 2015 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
      ATCDS Session #3 DITC November 20, 21, 22, 2015 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)




      DITC 8-hour Refresher Course, Teach the Teacher
      Class Location:
      MATTS September 14 September 2014 (Sunday)
      FSC Session #1 Refresher on January 25, 2015 (Sunday)
      ATCDS Session #1 Refresher on March 29, 2015 (Sunday)
      FSC Session #2 Refresher on May 17, 2015 (Sunday)
      ATCDS Session #2 Refresher on Aug 2, 2015 (Sunday)
      FSC Session #3 Refresher on September 20, 2015 (Sunday)
      ATCDS Session #3 Refresher on November 22, 2015 (Sunday)


      DPAS Providers
      Ault's Driver Education Center, 941-474-5125
      Florida Safety Council, 1-800-372-3335
      North FL Safety Council, 850-877-5193
      Safety Council of Palm Beach, 561-845-8233
      Suncoast Safety Council 727-373-7233
      Sunshine Safety Council, 800-467-3008
      Tampa Area Safety Council, 813-248-3009

    3. Provide one set of fingerprints for a fingerprint-based criminal background check. Do Not send a fingerprint card with your application. Print the fingerprint card and visit a Live Scan provider to submit your fingerprints electronically. There is a 3-7 day wait for results. Results are emailed to the Department. The results are valid for 2 years.


    4. A letter of employment from school owner.


    5. Please print Rule 15A-11 - Driver Training School and keep for your records.


    6. A $25 non-refundable application fee.


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