StartSmart Academy, located in the New Richmond area, is no longer able to provide driver training services. DMV has obtained all student enrollment information and has identified local options for students to complete their driver education.
All students affected by the StartSmart closing will be receiving a letter with personalized information which includes: requirements to complete their driver education; information on other area driver training schools; and on how to recoup lost tuition payments through StartSmart Academy’s state-required bond.
“DMV’s goal is to have safe, skilled drivers on Wisconsin roads. Independent driver training schools are a central part of that training process,” explained Deb Kraemer, Bureau of Driver Services supervisor.
Many people are not aware that DMV does not conduct training courses. Instead, DMV licenses independent driver training schools and instructors across the state to ensure they meet state laws regarding curriculum, vehicle safety, and instructor training.
DMV offers these tips when selecting a driver training school:
• Use accredited driver training schools. Check wisconsindmv.gov (http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/dmv/teen-driver/teen-hw-aply/schools.aspx) and search Driver Training Schools for a list of accredited independent driving schools in Wisconsin.
• Contact local schools as some public and private high schools still offer driver education programs.
• Explore online training options through South West Technical College’s accredited online course.
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