Driver Ed FAQ
What age can my teen start a driver education program?
Teens can start the 30-Hour Driver Education Course with TopCops at 14 years six months of age. Following the course completion, students can take the Written Permit Test within 30 days of their 15th birthday. At TopCops, we allow your student to come back and take the written exam when they meet the criteria of 30 days before their 15th birthday. Once the student passes their written exam, they can go to the DMV to get their Instruction Permit at 15 years old. FYI - The course completion certificate is valid for 180 days, so it must be taken to the DMV to receive their permit within that 180-day window.
What are the steps involved in my teen getting their drivers license?
TopCops offers all the courses, lessons, and tests required by the State of Colorado Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Program. For your teen to get their driver's license at 16, they must complete the following steps:
Step 1: Enroll and complete TopCops 30-Hour Driver Education Course. Your teen must be at least 14 years and six months of age.
Step 2: Take and pass the Written Permit Test (offered with our 30-hour course). Your teen must be at least 30 days from their 15th birthday on the test day to take it.
Step 3: Go to the DMV and get an Instruction Permit, also referred to as Learner's Permit, once your teen turns 15 years old. All teens must hold their permit for one full year.
Step 4: Enroll and complete TopCops 6-Hour Behind-The-Wheel Driver Training within the first six months of holding the permit.
Step 5: Drive with a parent/guardian to log 50 hours of driving over 12 months with a permit. At least ten of those hours must be from driving at night.
Step 6: Enroll and pass the DMV Driver's Test with TopCops once your teen has held their permit for one year.
Step 7: Go to the DMV to apply for the teen's restricted license at 16 years old.
Do I need to schedule a time for my teen to take the permit test?
You will need to schedule your student for a permit test with TopCops. The schedule will be emailed once the student has completed the 30-Hour Classroom. The permit test must be taken in person. This is the only written test your student will take in the GDL process. The written test is valid for 180 days (6 months) from the date of the test.
Once your student is done with their permit test, they will need to go to a DMV location to obtain their permit. Visit the Colorado DMV website to make an appointment. Select First Time CO DL/ID/Permit. Choose a time that is at least 24 HOURS AFTER your permit test date. The DMV releases their schedules months ahead of ours. Sign up on the DMV site for a date to take your student in to obtain their permit at any state location now.
Why should I take the driving test with TopCops and not at the DMV?
DMV is no longer providing diving tests at this time. TopCops instructors are giving the driving test. This will create a calm atmosphere for your student where they will feel safe and at ease. Teens are able to concentrate on their skills and take the test with confidence. Driving tests will be conducted in your own vehicle, and are based out of Broomfield High School. Once you purchase your test appointment, we will reserve a time slot with you. If we have 72-hour notice, we can reschedule your drive test to another day but because of the volume of tests, we do we cannot refund your fee for cancellation or for a failed test.
Does TopCops have a refund policy?
Topcops will refund money for services not rendered minus a $75.00 processing fee, (The Online Classroom Premier Package registrants will get a refund of money for services not rendered minus a $100 processing fee). However, once you begin the service, such as attending one classroom portion, complete 8 hours of the online classroom, or complete one behind-the-wheel session, we will not offer a refund for sessions not completed. TopCops schedules officers in advance to be off-duty to provide these services, therefore we expect that you will follow through with the scheduled training. If you purchase a premium package and cannot complete all of the steps, the remainder will be forfeited. NO refunds after three months. No refunds if we can provide the service and it just does not work for your schedule. Drive tests are non-refundable.
Does TopCops partner with metro-area schools and rec centers to offer teens the 30 hours of classroom instruction?
Teach your teen to drive by the experts - Colorado police officers! The 30 hours of classroom training, required by the State of Colorado, is taught by TopCops Driving School - Operator #9630. Your teen will learn the rules of the road exclusively from POST Academy Certified driving instructors, school resource officers, and police officers who have received honors as the best traffic investigators. Approved by Colorado DMV, the curriculum focuses on the rules of driving through interesting lectures with group discussions, games, and small group activities. In addition to covering all of the state-mandated requirements and preparing students for the driving permit test, this class goes above and beyond. Students will learn about basic car maintenance, how to change a tire, what to expect and how to react on a traffic stop. There is even a short orientation for parents on how to be a home driving instructor. Don't cut corners now just to pay later. Prepare them for a lifetime of safe driving with TopCops Driving School instructors who have the real-life advantage!
What is the course outline for the 30 hours of course work?
Session 1: Parent Orientation, You are the driver, Signals & Roadways Markings, Basic Car Control, Making Safe Driving Decisions.
Session 2: Managing Risk & SIPDE, Effects of Drive Conditions, Alcohol/Drugs & Driving, Managing Distractions.
Session 3: Natural Laws and Car Control, Intersections, Sharing the Road, Adverse Driving Conditions, Roadway Emergencies.
Session 4: Driving in City Traffic, Driving in Rural Areas, Highway Driving, Maintaining a Vehicle, Final Written Exam.
Is my teen required to take 6 hours of behind-the-wheel to get their license?
Yes, if they want to get their license at age 16. Otherwise, they must wait till they are 16 1/2 years old to get their restricted driver's license and they can not have any passengers in the car until they are 17 years of age.
When should my teen start behind-the-wheel driving lessons?
TopCops Driving School is designed so that the curriculum taught in the classroom will prepare your teen for their Behind-The-Wheel (BTW) Driving Lessons. We recommend students take their BTW Driving Lessons within the first 3-6 months of receiving their permit. This allows your teen to apply all of the knowledge they gained during the 30-hour course on the road with one of our certified driving instructors - who are also police officers! Starting these lessons early in the permit phase also allows our police officer driving instructors to teach your teen the best driving habits from the start.
The Colorado DMV recommends that your teen completes their BTW Driving Lessons within the first six months of completing the classroom portion so that the training remains consistent and flows from one segment to the next.
To learn more about our Behind-The-Wheel Driving Lessons, check out our Driver Ed Services page.
How do I get my teen's drive times scheduled?
Login to your student's account to schedule. Select a day of the week that appears in green that works for you, then click register. Your teen's drive will begin at one of the following high Schools: Fairview, Boulder, Monarch, Centaurus, and Broomfield. If you are coming from a location outside of Boulder, we can meet your teen at one of the above-listed schools.
What can my teen expect to learn during behind-the-wheel training?
All behind-the-wheel training is conducted in an unmarked police car with an off-duty police officer instructor. The cars are equipped with a secondary brake and mirrors so that our instructor can take control of the vehicle if necessary. At TopCops, your teen not only learns how to drive, they also receive insights about how to handle emergency situations, road hazards, traffic stops, and other real-life situations that they just can't get with any other instructor. The time that your teen spends with a TopCops instructor is not just about the training, it is also about building safe and trusting relationships between cops and teens that are positive experiences.
What is the cancellation policy for drive times?
A late cancellation fee of $90 will be charged for any cancellation with less than 48 hour notice. Our police officers have regular schedules that they need to adhere to, so it is really difficult for us to make last-minute changes. This fee will be collected prior to the next lesson being scheduled. We will charge the fee for the following reasons:
- If you fail to show for your scheduled lesson or class without calling to cancel at least 48 hours in advance.
- Forget to bring your contract, permit, or insurance to your drive lesson.
- Show up more than 15 minutes late for your lesson.
- If your permit lists glasses, you must have them to drive.
What is your weather policy?
We live in a beautiful state with ever-changing weather. We understand that students will need practice in all types of weather and situations. We will drive when the roads are wet, we will not drive when the roads are snow-packed or icy. We obtain real-time information from CDOT about road conditions and local weather forecasts to predict when we should or should not drive. If we deem it unsafe for your student and our instructor to be out on the road we will cancel the drive and let you know by email or phone as soon as possible and work with you to reschedule that drive time.
How can I let other drivers know that my teen is training in my vehicle?
TopCops has created a magnetic student driver sign that you can affix to the back of your vehicle so that you can notify drivers behind you that your student driver is in training. These magnetic labels simply stick to any metal area on the rear of your car. Take them out and use them when your kid is driving. They are re-usable (since they are magnetic) and they can give you and your new driver an added layer of protection. You can get your magnetic from TopCops for $20.