Driving School Services

*Capabilities Driving School Re-location*

We are pleased to announce that as of June 14, 2021, the Capabilities Driving School classroom and office are moving to 809 McKinley Rd, St. Marys, OH 45885.

This is the former Tri-Star building. The office will be open Monday – Friday from 8am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm.

We will be remodeling the building in the future, but it is perfect as-is for the driving school. We look forward to bringing back our in-person classroom blended with virtual.

New Drivers Under 18

Capabilities is a State of Ohio licensed driving school and this service fulfills the driver education class requirement for persons under the age of 18 to obtain a driver’s license. This class provides first-time teen drivers with the knowledge and skills they will need to safely operate a motor vehicle.

This course includes the required 24 hours of classroom instruction and eight hours of on the road driving and can be completed in the following ways:

  • Option #1: This option is available in Allen, Auglaize, Mercer, and Shelby counties and includes 24 hours of VIRTUAL classroom instruction with a live instructor, and also includes the required in-person eight hours of behind-the-wheel instruction – the total cost is $360. The virtual classroom is interactive and students must attend all 24 hours of the virtual instruction. Students will also need to register for the in-person eight hours of behind-the-wheel instruction once they have registered for this option and have completed two hours of the classroom instruction and have their learner’s permit. Please click here for the Teen Driver’s 2021 Class Schedule.
  • Option #2: This option is available in Allen, Auglaize, Mercer, and Shelby counties and includes 24 hours of self-paced ONLINE classroom instruction through our third-party partner Costech – click here to schedule and see the cost. This option is also available for individuals in Auglaize and Mercer counties who completed their classroom instruction through another driving school. The required eight hours of in-person behind-the-wheel instruction in Auglaize and Mercer counties can start after two hours of the online class are completed and after they have obtained their learner’s permit. A two-hour certificate of completion from the online course is required to schedule the behind-the-wheel instruction – the cost for the eight hours of in-person behind-the-wheel instruction is $360.
  • Option #3: This option is available anywhere in Ohio and includes 24 hours of self-paced ONLINE classroom instruction through our third-party partner Costech – click here to schedule and see the cost. In addition, the student must complete the required eight hours of in-person behind-the-wheel instruction through another driver’s education provider. A list of all the driving schools in Ohio can be found here. The student must contact an Ohio driving school and register for the behind-the-wheel separate from the ONLINE instruction.

Abbreviated Adult Driver Training Course

In-car driving instruction with instructor holding up his hand to signal for the driver to stop or slow downThis course assists adult drivers with satisfying the state requirement for completing an abbreviated training course when failing to pass either the maneuverability and/or road test on their first attempt. 

Per the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, starting July 1, 2017, adults aged 18 years and older who have never held a driver’s license before and who have not passed their first attempt at the maneuverability and/or road test are required to take an Abbreviated Adult Training Course. There are four options to complete this course:

  • Option #1: This option includes four hours of VIRTUAL classroom instruction – the total cost is $100. PLUS, to complete the requirements for this option for the Abbreviated Adult course, you must also complete 24 hours of driving with a licensed driver of your choice (not a licensed instructor) who is at least 21 years of age. Applicants who choose this option for 24 hours of driving with a licensed driver 21 years of age or older cannot complete more than four hours of driving in one day. Applicants who choose this option are required to complete (and have notarized) the Twenty-Four Hour Affidavit (form BMV 5789) in order to provide proof that the driving was completed. The certificate you receive for completing the VIRTUAL classroom portion of this option also needs to be presented.
  • Option #2: This option includes four hours of ONLINE self-paced instruction through our third-party partner Costech and 24 hours of driving with a licensed driver who is at least 21 years of age – click here to register for the ONLINE instruction. Applicants who choose the option for 24 hours of driving with a licensed driver 21 years of age or older cannot complete more than four hours of driving in one day. In addition, applicants who choose this option are required to complete the Twenty-Four Hour Affidavit (form BMV 5789).
  • Option #3: This option includes four hours of VIRTUAL classroom instruction with a live instructor and four hours of in-person behind-the-wheel driving with a licensed Driving Instructor – the total cost is $472. Students must also register for four hours of in-person behind-the-wheel instruction once they have completed the classroom portion of this option.
  • Option #4: This option includes four hours of ONLINE self-paced instruction through our third-party partner Costech – click here to schedule the online classroom instruction and see the cost. This option also includes the required four hours of in-person driving with a licensed Driving Instructor. The behind-the-wheel driving instruction has a cost of $372 (separate cost from the ONLINE class). Students must register for four hours of in-person behind-the-wheel instruction once they have completed the classroom portion of this option.

The ONLINE and VIRTUAL courses are approved by the Ohio Department of Public Safety. You will receive a certificate upon successful completion of these courses.

Capabilities Driving School office: Vehicle sitting in parking lot next to building

809 McKinley Rd, St. Marys, OH 45885

Phone: (419) 394-0003 ext. 1300

Email: driversed@capabilitiesinc.biz

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