Driver Education Courses

Driver Education is a non-credit class offered in Pierre, approximately four to six (4-6) times per year. Our goal is to coach students to learn and retain the necessary skills to drive safely and take all steps possible to avoid any form of roadway trouble in the future. PLEASE NOTE: The Driver Education courses are not affiliated with any school district; however, some instructors of the course are teachers in the community.


Capital City Campus's Driver Education classes are usually held in the spring/summer and fall each year. Participants are encouraged to sign up early- get on our Waiting List, as the sessions tend to fill up quickly. Dates and times are tentative and subject to change.

The behind-the-wheel driving schedule will be created by the driving instructors and will be discussed with students and/or their guardians.

Driver Certification Requirements

Driver Education students are required by state regulations to complete thirty (30) hours of classroom instruction, six (6) hours of behind-the-wheel observation and instruction, and one-hundred eighty (180) hours of adult/parent observation time. Students must pass test with at least 80% grade. Students do not need an Instructional Permit to take the Driver Education course. Upon completion of the Driver Education course, the certificate is valid for one (1) year.

Safety is our biggest concern. Adults of any age are able to take the Driver Education course. Children wanting to take the course must be 14 by the date given by the Instructors for each specific course.

Waiting List

Individuals on the Waiting List will receive information and registration access regarding upcoming courses prior to the general public. Those wanting to be added to our Waiting List can contact CCC at or by calling us at 605-773-2160.

Information to include in the phone call or email:


  • Parent/guardian first and last name
  • Parent/guardian email address
  • Parent/guardian phone number
  • Student's name and date of birth

Course Fees

Drivers Education costs $400 which includes faculty salaries, car insurance, auto repair, gas, teaching supplies, support services, and student certificate processing. We retain the right to make modifications should program costs increase, although we intend to avoid additional charges unless absolutely necessary.

JULY/AUGUST 2023 Course

The next Driver Education class is scheduled for JULY 31-AUGUST 4 and has been filled at this time.

Financial Assistance

Some financial assistance may be available for individuals, when trying to reach their employment goals. This funding is available through the Department of Labor and Regulation.

This link is a good starting spot to find information.