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Driver’s Education

Orono Community Education works in cooperation with Westonka Driving School, but you may choose any driving school you wish.

Step 1:  30-Hour Classroom

Each student must complete 30 hours of classroom instruction as mandated by Minnesota State law. Orono Community Education offers several sessions during the year, register at Upon completion of the classroom instruction, you will receive a yellow course completion card.

Step 2:  Blue Card

Students age 15 or older must exchange their gold course completion card for a blue card before taking permit test. If you choose Westonka Driving School for behind-the-wheel training, you may make the exchange at Orono Community Education Office located in the Orono Education Link at 705 Old Crystal Bay Rd. Bring your yellow card along with a down payment of $170 (total cost $340) to receive your blue card. Instructor Rob Illies will accept cash or check (made out to Westonka Driving School).

Step 3:  Permit Test

Most students take their permit tests at the Plymouth or Chaska offices, which are open Monday-Friday, except for state holidays. No appointment is necessary, but be there by 3:30 p.m. A parent must be present or a notary card must by used. You must bring your blue card, signed by the student, to take the permit examination.

Bring TWO of the following forms of identification, including:  a certified copy of your birth certificate (no photocopies), a passport, or school ID.

You must also have your Social Security number or Social Security card along.

DMV Practice Permit Test

Step 4:  Behind-the-Wheel Instruction

When you have passed the permit examination, call Rob Illies to set up your behind-the-wheel instruction. A final payment of $170 will be given to Rob after completion of the student’s behind-the wheel program. Rob Illies can be contacted at 952-955-1486.

Step 5:  Road Test

You must have a driving permit for six months before you take the road test. After six hours of behind-the-wheel, you may take the road examination using your vehicle if you are at least 16 years old. The phone number to schedule a test at local sites such as Chaska and Plymouth is 651-284-1000. You may also schedule a test online at here.

If you have any questions, you may call the Orono Community Education office at 952-449-8350 or go to