Private Driver’s Education in Springfield and Coming to Joplin in Summer 2019!

New drivers, no matter what age, are still inexperienced drivers. Proper driver training with an experienced instructor can help build skills and confidence, and prevent injuries or death in traffic crashes.

Courses through the Mercy Driving Lessons Program are conducted one-on-one and open to anyone with a valid permit or license. All of our instructors are certified to teach driver’s education through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

We offer the following options:

  • Six-hour Behind the Wheel: Our level-building course requires students to complete all objectives of each lesson before progressing on to the next level, resulting in a more capable driver than traditional driver’s education.
  • Three-hour Behind the Wheel: Our package for adults and teens that already have a driver’s license provides supplemental training to build skills and confidence.
  • Four-hour Behind the Wheel:  This package is for drivers who have been assigned by the court system to complete a hands-on driving program.
  • Alive at 25: This National Safety Council program compliments the Behind the Wheel packages with a 4-hour classroom course open to any student between 15 and 24 years old. There is no additional cost for this class.

For pricing or more information, please call Mercy’s Injury Prevention Center at 417-820-7233 or email

Driving School Costs

The Mercy Driving Lessons Program includes six hours of driving lessons for $330. Lessons are taught as six 1-hour sessions. Additional driving lessons are available at a cost of $55 per hour. Established and licensed drivers can enroll in a 3-hour refresher course for $165.

Cost for the four-hour court appointed program is $220.

What Parents Say About the Program

“Our daughter took her driving test and received a perfect score of 100!!  … the experience she obtained through your program gives us more confidence in her driving abilities. Thank you again for the information and for offering this program.”

– Parent testimonial from C. and H. Mueller.

“I felt like her instructor was extremely patient and good about putting my daughter at ease. I'm grateful that she was taught by a professional who was up to date with all the current driving rules … Because of the confidence she gained, and the instruction she received, my daughter is now excited about driving and I feel safe allowing her to drive around town.”

– Parent testimonial from M. Bankson.

Driving Lessons Program Resources