Driver Education

Although Buffalo Valley Schools does not currently offer a driver education program, we do understand the need for our students to have access to these programs. This page provides information on the requirements and various options for students to obtain a driver's license in Oklahoma. Click Here for COVID Information Regarding Driver Education.


  • Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited high school or home-school program.
  • Applicants must be at least 15 years of age.
  • Students who do not take a driver education class through a public school will be required to take the written test to recieve a permit.
  • Permits must be carried for 6 months from the date of issue.
  • The above list does not apply to anyone 18 years of age or older.
  • Everyone should read and study the manual. OK Driver Manual

Program Options:

  • Clayton - Cancelled for 2021
  • Talihina - See Mr. Mathews
  • Parent-Taught - The costs of an online program varies by company. The packet is the best information source and contains the document required before signing up for an online program. Parent-Taught Packet

Oklahoma law requires that a student pass the eighth grade reading test in order to get a license. Any student not testing on at least an eighth grade level will not be permitted to get their license until such time as they meet the required levels or they turn 18 years of age.

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** Disclaimer: Buffalo Valley Public Schools does not endorse any specific study app. The apps listed here are done so as a convenience to our students and are the two recommended by students over the years for each device. **

We get several request a year about which online education program is the best. Although, we don't endorse any specific program, we have done some research and based on the feedback of a large number of reviews, across multiple websites, we have determined the two sites below are considered to be the best. You can get reviews for several of the approved sites by clicking the image above.

Aceable: This site is favorited by those who like to use mobile devices to work online. They seem to have the best fluidity from device to device as well as a good variety of instructional tools and a strong curriculum to keep students engaged. This site is one of the most popular because they have been providing home-based driver education since before online courses were a thing. They know their stuff and provide a strong curriculum developed over decades. Their mobile intergration is not as fluid as some sites, but it is usesable for the most part.



Below is an excerpt of the Driver Education COVID FAQ: Full Text Found here: OK Education Dept. COVID FAQs
How will eighth-graders meet the requirements of the Driven to Read program? Oklahoma law requires students to successfully complete the reading portion of the eighth-grade English language arts (ELA) assessment in order to apply for a driver license or permit. See 70 O.S. § 1210.515. However, the test will not be administered this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Accordingly, the State Board of Education adopted an emergency rule on March 25 to allow the state to provide a medical exemption for this requirement. All eighth-graders in the 2019-20 school year will receive this exemption.
How will students currently seeking to obtain their driver license or permit secure the paperwork necessary to meet the requirements for proof of reading proficiency and enrollment while school buildings are closed? The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced it will waive the requirements to provide enrollment verification and reading proficiency documentation for students applying for their license or permit. Additionally, as is mentioned above, the reading proficiency requirement is permanently waived for eighthgraders who would have taken the eighth-grade ELA test in 2020. Students wishing to take the driver exam should also be aware that DPS has temporarily suspended all face-to-face interactions with the public and has canceled all driving skills tests.
As a result of these changes, what will a student need to apply for a driver’s license? Students will not need any additional documentation from the school to apply for a driver’s license other than the certificate of enrollment and certificate of completion referenced above.