The annual application (TE01) for traffic education programs ending between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017 (school year 2017) must be submitted prior to starting your traffic education program.  Fall programs starting in August, September and October MUST submit applications now.

You can use the Traffic Education Data & Reporting System (TEDRS) to enter and submit this form or download the TEO1 form on the Forms webpage.

In TEDRS be sure to click on all tabs and answer all questions completely. Be sure to confirm the form at the end to submit it to the OPI. The form is not submitted until you receive a confirmation that it has been submitted successfully. The confirmation appears on the screen AND in an email to the address entered on the form.

Why is approval required and necessary?   The Office of Public Instruction’s traffic education program application and review processes are designed to address two significant challenges; the first is to provide driver education to as many teens as possible so they can receive a state-approved driver education and training opportunity, and the second is to help the school avoid any unnecessary liability.  

Administrative rules require that approvals be granted in advance of the driver education program being provided [10.13.307 and 10.13.308 A.R.M.]. Conducting a program without state approval increases the school’s liability exposure. Teens who are otherwise not old enough to drive are legally allowed to drive as a student in an approved driver education program (M.C.A. 61-5-106).  If the program has not been approved, or is using teachers whose credentials are expired, the program does not have the authority to allow teens under age 16 to be legally engaged in a student driving exercise.

As always, if you need assistance, Fran and Patti are here to help.  Call Patti Borneman at (406) 444-4432 or Fran Penner-Ray at (406) 444-4396 or email us with any questions or concerns. 

More information is available on the Traffic Education web page.