Excel Driving is a private driving school servicing Boise, Eagle and Meridian. We help your child reach their full driving potential with updated courses, engaged teachers and experienced drivers. We're super excited to help you get your child road-ready!
As with most things involving multiple government agencies, there are a few hoops to jump through. This section is to help get you an idea of what to expect and to make it as simple as possible. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
You can check our available courses here. We offer both classroom and online courses for your convenience. The classroom courses are held on specific dates while the online courses can be taken any time.
You and your child will need to head to either the Ada County DMV in Boise or the Gem County DMV in Emmett. Let them know that you'd like the permit sent to "Excel Driving School". Once your child graduates, we will have your permit ready. You will need to bring:
Social Security Card
Proof of Residency
Verification of Compliance (VOC) letter from your school
Please take a picture of your receipt and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or text it to (208) 447-7564.
Once your child has completed the classroom sessions (or 10 modules if online), you can schedule out the driving portion. The driving portion will consist of 3 separate 2-hour sessions which will start and end at the Lowell Scott Middle School parking lot.
Your child will also need to accumulate at least 6 hours of observation time which cannot exceed 2 hours per day as per state law. This time can be completed by observing another student driver or a licensed parent/guardian. You can track your time with our observation log to be turned in on the completion of their driving portion.
The remaining $399 balance will be due before your first drive. Please contact us to make arrangements to pay either by check or credit card.
Nope - and good for you for thinking ahead! You will need to register at either the Ada County DMV (Boise) or the Gem County DMV (Emmett). Check the map section for more detail. Note: the Emmett DMV does not accept credit cards.
My child has no behind the wheel experience. Does he/she need it?
The short answer is no. The better answer is we HIGHLY suggest a pre-drive if your child has never been behind the wheel, has anxiety about driving, or other special situations we need to be made aware of. Your child will spend an hour of "Boot Camp" with one of our trained and certified Instructors for specialized and private practice to build their diving skills and confidence. This will prepare them for their upcoming drives in real-time traffic. The cost for this hour is $75.00
What if my child suffers from anxiety/OCD/ADD/ADHD?
Idaho state law allows the child to do all observation hours with their parents. If you would like to arrange for your child to observe another student driver instead, we are happy to arrange that for you. Please just let us know.
Yes. We hire only upstanding, excellent people who have been fingerprinted and background-checked by the FBI. Most of our instructors are also local teachers who have been in the Treasure Valley for years.
After the initial 6 hours of behind the wheel instruction is complete and the student has his/her permit, we are happy to teach on a manual. You will need to provide your own car. The cost is $75 an hour.
Lowell Scott Middle School
This is where the classroom instruction takes place and also where students and instructors will meet for drives. The cross-streets are Eagle and McMillan near The Village at Meridian.
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Our son always came home excited about what he learned at Excel! Great job!
~ Dr. Bridges in Boise
We were very pleased with our decision to use Excel. It was a great investment for us and our teenager!
~ Mr. and Mrs. Skaggs in Meridian
Thanks for a great experience! This was by far the least stressful experience compared to the other 2 driving companies we used with our other kids.
~ Mrs. Jenson in Boise
Our son couldn't stop talking about how much he learned in class. He hasn't been this excited for a class in a long time! Thanks for making this a wonderful and positive learning experience for him!
~ Mrs. Garner in Nampa
Mr. Arnell went above and beyond our expectations of this driving program. We were impressed with his caring and helpful attitude. The instructors treated my son with respect and courtesy. Excel does it just right!