Our American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association (ADTSEA)/AAA certified courses are 45 hours in length. Includes 39 hours of classroom instruction and 6 hours of Behind the Wheel instruction.
- First Time Driver Courses are held at Camp Foster Marine & Family Bldg. 445 upstairs classroom. The Adult daytime classes which will be held at Bldg. 5679 Camp Foster Education Center room #3.
- Active Duty and Refresher Courses are held at Camp Foster Bldg. 5677 Driver Education office building.
- Course schedules and times are subject to change due to holidays and Typhoon conditions. Classes will be cancelled when TCCOR-1 is announced.
Frequently Asked Questions
What paperwork will I need to register?
Please proceed to the Registration tab, all the forms needed are listed.
Where do I pay for the course and turn in my paperwork?
The Driver Education Program Office located on Camp Foster Bldg. 5677, near the Gas Station and across from the Marine Thrift Shop.
How long is the First Time Driver’s course?
45 hours. All students must successfully complete 39 hours of classroom instruction and 6 hours of behind the wheel (BTW) instruction. Classroom instruction is held the first two weeks of class. BTW instruction is scheduled after completion with Instructors. Who is eligible to sign up for the 45 hour First Time Driver’s course? All U.S. SOFA members, military personnel, DOD civilians, dependents and contractors. Students are required to be 16 years of age or older on or before the start of the first day of class.
Who is eligible to sign up for the 3hr refresher class?
All U.S. SOFA members, military personnel, DOD civilians, dependents and contractors who have exceeded their two (2) chances to successfully pass the written/road test in the 45-hour, first time driver’s course. Individuals that have a valid state-side Learner’s Permit, but did not receive their Driver’s License. Have a certificate showing they have attended a 45 hour driving course, and a log sheet signed by a licensed driver/drivers over the age of 21, showing that you have driven 40 hours during the day and 10 at night. Individuals that have a SOFA and Stateside license that will expire but the stateside license can’t be renewed by mail or online.
What happens if I don’t pass my written test?
Students enrolled in the First Time Driver’s Course must score 80% or higher in order to schedule their behind the wheel (BTW) portion of the course. Students have two (2) chances to pass the written exam, if after two attempts they do not successfully pass the exam, they will need to sign up for the 3hr refresher class. This course consists of classroom instruction and a written test.
How do I schedule Behind the Wheel (BTW) instruction?
Behind the wheel (BTW) is scheduled at the discretion of the student/instructor. BTW will be scheduled after successful completion of the classroom instruction. For dependents under 18, a parent must provide authorization to take the BTW Driving evaluation and the applicant must have a driving permit. After completing Driver’s education class, does my teenager (16-17 years of age) get their full privilege of driving on and off installation? No, after completing the driver’s education class, individuals 16 & 17 years of age are only authorized to operate a privately owned vehicle (POV) on base. Individuals 18 years of age and older may be restricted to driving on base for a period of one month, after which full driving privileges will be authorized to operate a POV on and off installation.
Will my certificate of completion for the First Time Driver’s Course be honored in the United States?
It varies from state to state. Contact your local stateside Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for verification. Our program is certified program through the American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association (ADTSEA) and some states will recognize the certificate of completion. (Please note: The First Time Driver’s Education course is ONLY intended for those individuals needing/wanting to drive while stationed in Japan).
My teenager (16-17 years of age) successfully completed a driver’s education course in the U.S., but never got his/her driver’s license. Can they get their SOFA (USFJ Form 4 EJ) driver’s license?
It depends. A certified formal driver training course is defined as any course accredited through the American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association (ADTSEA) or any other agency document displaying proof of 45 hours of aggregate (classroom and hands-on) instruction with not less than 6 hours of professionally supervised, hands-on road driving before being issued their operator’s permit. Also you must have a log sheet showing that the permit holder has completed 40 hours of daytime driving hours and 10 night hours signed off by a licensed driver 21yo or older.
My state side license has expired and I can’t get my SOFA (USFJ form 4EJ) Driver license renewed. What are my options?
If your state side license has expired, contact your Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for current procedures addressing renewal of licenses for military affiliated personnel. Many states allow licenses issued to military personnel, their family members, and DOD civilian employees, to remain valid, irrespective of expiration date, while they continue to serve in an overseas assignment (or until their return to the state). Others allow renewal by mail. If renewal is honored by DMV, documentation is required from the state allowing the license to remain valid until returned from overseas. If the state DMV does not allow the license to remain valid, irrespective of the expiration date, you will need to register for the 45 hour, first time driver’s education class. You can also sign up and take the MCCS Driving School 3 hour refresher course before your current SOFA license expires, the certificate of completion will allow you to renew your SOFA license.
Where do I take the SOFA license test to get my Learners Permit?
Base Safety on Camp Foster Bldg. 5831 or Camp Courtney Bldg.4319
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