Montana Traffic Education News - May-June 2017

LEARNER LICENSE CHANGES - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 

The 2017 Montana Legislature revised licensing laws with the passage of HB 144 that went into effect on May 4, 2017. Here are the changes that affect your traffic education program:

  • The Traffic Education Learner License is now called a Learner License. 
  • The Learner License now allows adults other than a parent or legal guardian to supervise the teen driver. 
  • The other adult must be over 18, have a valid driver license, and be seated beside the teen driver while he/she is driving. Seat belts are, of course, still required.
  • The other adult must be authorized by the parent or legal guardian, and the parent/guardian who signs the driver license application is still liable for any losses or damages resulting from a crash caused by the teen driver.
  • TELL permits issued before May 4 that are still in effect also allow other adults to supervise driving.
  • The Learner Licenses in TEDRS have been updated.
  • Module 1 - Parent Meetings in the Teen Driver Curriculum has also been updated and can be downloaded here.

If you have any questions about these changes, contact the Traffic Education Office for clarification.

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YEAR-END REPORTS ARE DUE BEFORE JULY 10. SUBMIT AS SOON AS YOUR LAST COURSE IS COMPLETED (prior to June 30)

The TE06 Year-End Report is due before July 10 so we can prepare estimated reimbursements of at least $90 per student to your district in August. If you are new to traffic education reporting, please contact us for details. You can submit the TE06 with program and budget information online via TEDRS or download the TE06 form from the Forms and Reports web page. 

SUMMER TRAFFIC ED COURSE COMING UP? MAKE SURE YOU'RE APPROVED!

Summer courses are starting up. If you operate a late spring or summer program, make sure your TE01 District Application is submitted to the OPI for approval. The 2017 school year ends June 30, 2017. Summer courses that will end in July or August 2017 should be entered in the 2018 school year. Contact the OPI Traffic Education office via email or phone (406.444.4432) for assistance.


We are here to help! Visit the Traffic Education webpage.  Contact the Traffic Education Office at 406.444.4432 or email Fran Penner-Ray, Traffic Education Director, or Patti Borneman, Traffic Education Program Specialist.