to Oklahoma’s oldest, largest, and
BEST driving academies since 1950!
What do Cowboy and Alert Driving Academies do?
Welcome New Drivers
Our students and their families depend on us to turn every new driver into an excellent decision maker behind the wheel. We’re with our students at every step of the journey, encouraging them to be their best.
Our experience over the past 80 years gives us the footing to provide the best possible service, the best possible solutions, and the best possible outcomes.
We welcome customers and coworkers with a friendly disposition. Being happy is a choice and it’s contagious!
We are blessed with customers who trust us to make them into safer drivers, and our gratitude shows in our work.
Growth is the natural expression of our mandate to inspire every driver to be a safe driver. We are driven to new markets by our passion to save lives.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is your most popular package?
Our most popular package is the Cowboy Classic Express, featuring:
- Unlimited classroom hours (10 hour minimum)
- 10 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction
- Behind-the-wheel valet service (we pick you up and drop you off at your home)
- 60-minute practice drive and state road test included
When can I start?
You can start driver education the day you turn 15 years old. This allows our students to be six months ahead of everybody. Be sure to schedule your prep drive and drive test on the day you get your permit to ensure the speediest path to your license.
What is the timeline for driver education, permit, and license process?
- Students who have completed the driver education program with Cowboy or Alert (10-hour driver education class AND six hours of in car, behind the wheel instruction) will have the written test waived when they go to Service Oklahoma to get their permit. The student must provide Service Oklahoma their original birth certificate (or current passport), certificate of completion, and Social Security number. A parent must accompany the student, or the student must have a notarized parent affidavit. (Original documents only — Service Oklahoma does not accept copies.)
- Students may obtain a permit by presenting to Service Oklahoma their original Cowboy or Alert contract that they receive (Service Oklahoma does not accept copies) once they have completed the 10-hour classroom requirement (no driving required at this point) but will be required to take the written test (20 questions/multiple choice and make a 75% to pass). The day the student turns 15½ is the earliest they can get their permit.
- Students under 18 years of age MUST have their permit a full six months before they are able to take the state road test. Those over 18 must hold a permit for 30 days before they are eligible to take the state road test. Those who have completed a driver education course, obtained their permit at 15½, and held a permit for six months are eligible to take the state road test at 16 years old.
When do I complete the six hours driving time?
You can complete your six hours as fast as you wish. We have several accelerated options — contact the office to find a solution that works for you. After you complete the 10-hour classroom session, the driving instruction is done one on one with a certified instructor in two-hour, behind-the-wheel lessons. The number of lessons is determined by the package you purchase (three two-hour drives is the minimum). Driving sessions are scheduled at your convenience.
Who are my behind-the-wheel driving instructors?
Each driving instructor at our driving academies is a specialist, certified and licensed by the Service Oklahoma for behind-the-wheel-instruction. We employ are former OHP officers, Police officers, EMS technicians, commercial pilots, firefighters, bomb squad specialists, interdiction forces, military personnel, teachers, and coaches, all of whom have all spent their careers in service to making the right decisions in every situation. Whether in the classroom or in the car, their mentality is situational awareness and excellent decision making that leads to safety. They’ve seen the worst of the worst outcomes due to bad decision-making in critical situations. There are no accidents — only bad decisions.
Why are Cowboy and Alert students able to skip the line at Service Oklahoma when it comes to taking their road test?
In addition to our team of licensed instructors, we employ State-licensed Designated Driver License Examiners — the very same examiners you’ll find at Service Oklahoma. At our schools, you can even purchase a one-hour practice drive with an Examiner right before your test. Our analytics show the scores are 20 points higher when students have utilized this practice drive just before the test. It all happens here, and makes your drive test a positive experience from start to finish.
When can I take the written test?
You may take the written test to obtain a learner’s permit at the age of 15½ if you are attending a driver education course. The written test can be taken the day following the completion of the 10-hour driver education class.
How long do I have to get my program finished?
You have one year from the first day of class to complete your basic driver education requirement of six hours behind-the-wheel instruction. If over one year, a reinstatement fee of $50 will be charged.
Why do we recommend
of behind-the-wheel instruction?
The state minimum is six hours of behind- the-wheel instruction, but in the weeks and months that pass between permit instruction and the 50 hours of required practice drives before the license, students can forget some of the most important parts of the technical instruction that covers test material. The extra two hours of reinforcing good habits every two months during the 50-hour requirement period keeps them in shape to ace the exam!
Do I get an insurance reduction for taking driver education?
Most companies do give discounts to drivers who complete driver education programs, and even deeper discounts for drivers who take our Defensive Driving class (free to Cowboy Classic customers). Check with your insurance company for verification — the savings more than pay for the entire Cowboy and Alert programs.
If I am scheduled to drive, how do I know if my in-car instruction has been canceled due to inclement weather?
Like and follow us on Facebook. We post cancellation notices for Cowboy and Alert on our Facebook page. Additionally, we email current students and report closures to local Oklahoma City TV stations. Be sure we have your current textable mobile phone number too — we notify by text as well.
Can I cancel a lesson without penalty?
Yes. However, Cowboy and Alert policy states: “If for any reason you are unable to keep a scheduled appointment, we require that you call us a minimum of 48 hours in advance. If 48 hours’ notice is not given, you can be charged a late cancellation fee of $50 or a no-show fee of $150 whichever is appropriate.” We teach responsibility in all aspects of the class. Driving is a student’s first adult responsibility.
Do I need to have a permit to take Driver Education?
- No, but you do have to be at least 15 years old. Students who have COMPLETED the driver education program with Cowboy Driving Academy will have the written test waived when they go to Service Oklahoma to get their permit.
- Everyone, regardless of age, must go to Service Oklahoma before the Tag Agency to get their permit. The student must provide Service Oklahoma their CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION. However, the student may obtain a permit by presenting the contract that they receive once they have completed the 10-hour classroom requirement (no driving required at this point). Students who have completed the classroom portion only will be required to take the written test. The written test may be taken the day after the 10-hour classroom requirement is completed. (It consists of 20 questions/multiple choice and make a 75% to pass).
- To get your permit test waived, you must complete the 10-hour Driver education Class AND your six hours of in-car, behind-the-wheel instruction prior to obtaining your permit (the day you turn 15½ is the earliest this can take place).
We offer these amazing, value- added products in addition to core driver education curricula.
Our Comprehensive Driver Improvement Program was developed by a career San Diego Police Department accident investigator. This basic six-hour curriculum offers practical knowledge and techniques to avoid crashes, and to choose safe, responsible, and lawful driving behaviors.
YOU will be your teen’s primary driving coach during the Learner’s or Instruction Permit phase. The type and amount of supervised driving you do with them will be the most important life-saving lessons you teach them in their lifetime. It is imperative that you join one of the largest online driver coaching communities today by signing up for our new driver training system!
Cowboy Classic Customers
Do I have to go to Service Oklahoma when I turn 16 to take my drive test?
- No. Cowboy Driving Academy can administer the STATE DRIVE TEST by appointment. We can administer the state drive test anytime…evenings and weekends subject to availability (we are not limited to Service Oklahoma hours of operation, nor are we limited by weather, although we will cancel if snow, ice or heavy rain is present on our route for safety reasons).
- We can administer the behind-the-wheel test because we employ State-licensed Designated Driver License Examiners — the very same examiners you’ll find at Service Oklahoma. At our schools, you can even purchase a one-hour practice drive with an Examiner right before your test!
- Use the Schedule Test link on our website the day you get your permit, six months in advance. We have nine locations (three in the metro) to serve you.
Everything we do to prepare students for the road is available
Contact us for more information!
To have your written permit test waived
- Complete the Cowboy Driving Academy Course (10-hour classroom & six-hours of in car, behind the wheel instruction).
- We call this the GOLDEN TICKET. Get your PERMIT WITHOUT TAKING THE WRITTEN TEST by completing our Driver’s Ed Program before obtaining your permit.
Requirements for your learner’s permit
- Must be 15½ years of age or older (must hold a Learner’s Permit for six months; 30 days if 18 or over)
- Must show your CONTRACT from Cowboy Driving Academy after completing class or your Certificate of Completion once you have completed the 10-hour class, and six-hours of in car, behind the wheel instruction.
- Original birth certificate OR passport.
- Social Security number.
- RealID Document Checklist
- For under-18-year-olds, parent or legal guardian must accompany the applicant to sign authorization certification forms required by law. This is you giving your student permission to pursue their license and the state taking your child’s fingerprints.
- A parent or legal guardian may now choose to print this PARENT AFFIDAVIT TO OBTAIN DRIVER LICENSE. Complete it in front of a Notary to allow someone else to take your student to Service Oklahoma on your behalf to process the paperwork for your student to obtain their Permit. We are notaries and most banks provide this service as well.
- Service Oklahoma will collect a $42.50 license fee (plus $4 for each test failure).
Restrictions on OK Learner’s Permit
- Licensed Driver aged 21 or over with at least 2 years driving experience must be in the front seat (restriction “9” on permit) for a minimum of 50 hours behind the wheel, 10 of those hours at night and 10 of those on the highway before they are eligible for the State Road Test.
- If a Restriction 9 driver is at fault in an accident or receives a moving violation, the probation period starts over from the date of the violation; additionally, Restriction 9 drivers are valid to drive between the hours of 5 AM to 10 PM only.
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We are Oklahoma’s oldest and largest driving safety academy — and growing!
People say we can’t save the world, BUT we can make our little corner of it much safer! What makes us different makes us great: our immediate service and our focus on decision making. This equates to safety behind the wheel and great life decisions overall. The decisions we make today will decide where we are tomorrow!
How to login to the student portal to schedule behind the wheel drives:
If you have a balance on your account, you will not be able to schedule drives through the Student Portal, you will need to call the office at 405-338-1032 to schedule your drives.
How to schedule behind the wheel drives:
1. On the homepage of the student portal, on the left hand of the screen click on “Scheduling” and then “Schedule my Drives”, or use the Quick Links section and click on “Schedule my Drives”.
- You will see a calendar of upcoming dates that include “drive slots available” highlighted in
green, “drive slots full” that are pink, and “drive slots not available” highlighted in grey.
- You can narrow your search by clicking the ‘refine search’ button to select preferred time of
day, day of the week, or instructor.
2. Select a date, time, instructor, and location that works for your student’s schedule and click ‘schedule lesson’.
- If you have behind the wheel valet included in your package – after scheduling your drive, please text our office at (580) 215-1455 to change the pickup location of your drive. Please do this immediately after scheduling your drive so our drivers can adjust their schedules to meet your needs. You will only be able to schedule 1 drive per week, however you can call our office at (405) 948-7000 to inquire about additional drives.
Viewing scheduled behind the wheel drives
- Inside the student portal on the left-hand side of the screen click ‘My Account’
- A drop-down menu will appear, select ‘Appointments’
- Behind the wheel drives that have been scheduled will appear here
- If you need to change your appointment, you will also do it here.
How to view or pay a balance
- Inside the student portal on the left-hand side of the screen click ‘My Account’
- A drop-down menu will appear, select ‘Enrollment/Billing’
- You can view balances, payments, or make a payment here
- If you would like to purchase additional drive time, on the left-hand side of the screen click “Enroll”
- You will then see “Individual Lesson” which includes a 2-hour drive for $160 as well as other additional products.
How to schedule a driver’s license test:
Do NOT login to the Student Portal to schedule your Driver’s License test.
- First and foremost, you must purchase and pay for a test package of some type unless it is part of your Driver education Package. To purchase a test, go to cowboydriving.com or alertdrivingok.com and click on the testing tab at the top of the page. A dropdown box will appear, and you can select “purchase test”. Choose your test package, and make payment.
- You must have a zero ($0) balance.
- On the very front page of cowboydriving.com or alertdrivingok.com is a “Schedule Test Here” link. Click on that link to schedule a test. You need only do this once. Submitting multiple requests will result in all requests being canceled by the scheduling system.
- Scroll down on that page and there is a fillable form of information we must have to verify the eligibility of the person who is wanting to take the driver’s license test.
- Then click submit
- You will get a confirmation email that we have received your request (check spam if you don’t find it in your inbox).
- Your test will be scheduled after we verify your eligibility, and you will receive notification within two business days. Your request is not confirmed until you receive word back from our offices.
How to Get Your Learner Permit (and What to Take With You)
Make an appointment to avoid lines 2 MONTHS ahead of time (even if you have the golden ticket). When making the appointment on Service Oklahoma website, click “Other” and Selection A.
- Original Birth Certificate OR Passport
- Social Security Number
- Driver Education Registration Contract or Completion Certificate (Golden Ticket)
- Parent or Parent Affidavit (if under 18)
- *Real ID
- Must be at least 15½ years old
- Service Oklahoma does NOT accept copies of vital documents
- Registration Contract is what you signed on the first day of class. (You WILL take the 20 question written test)
- Completion Certificate (Golden Ticket) is received on your last drive time. Service Oklahoma does NOT keep it when you get the permit. Make sure to put it in a safe place. You will also need it on the day of your drive test and for an insurance discount. (You will NOT take the 20 question written test)
At the Service Oklahoma Appointment:
- Pass the Vision & Written Test (75%) at Service Oklahoma. (If student completes Driver Education before getting a permit; the written test portion of the process will be waived).
- Now they can drive with a licensed driver 21 or older sitting in the front seat between the hours of 5am-10pm.
How to Get an Intermediate Restriction G License
- Be at least 16 years old;
- Have had a permit for six months with NO accidents or tickets;
- Have a parent attest to a Service Oklahoma clerk that the applicant has driven 50 hours (10 at night). A notarized Parent Affidavit can take the place of an in-person parent. Remember that the TrypScore app logs every drive automatically;
- Have completed a driver training program or present the program certificate; and
- Pass the driving test with a score of 75% or better.
When these steps are complete, the Class G Restricted License allows the driver to:
- Drive alone;
- Drive with one friend in the car; or
- Drive with any number of family members who live in the same household as the driver in the car.
Note: The vehicle must have enough seat belts for the driver and all passengers.
A Class G Restricted License Driver may NOT drive between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. unless it is for work, school, or church activity. Restrictions do not apply if a licensed driver age 21 or older is in the front passenger seat.
How to Schedule a Defensive Driving Class:
Defensive Driving Class takes place in Oklahoma City at our Alert Driving School campus (alertdrivingok.com). We offer the class the 2nd Saturday of every month. Alert Driving School NW is located at 4522 NW 50th in Putnam Plaza (just west of Meridian on NW 50th – next to Putnam City Original High School and across from Dolese Youth Park).
Admission to this class is FREE for qualified packages. To reserve your spot call (405) 948-7000 Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. Please provide our office with the student’s name and class date you plan to attend. Also indicate you are a Cowboy Driving or Alert Driving student.
- If you want to schedule two-hour defensive drive to coincide with your class we need one month advance notice. Additionally, for this option you’ll need to have a minimum of two hours of drive time remaining on your account OR purchase an additional two-hour drive.
- With this option you would need to attend the Saturday class option 8 am – 2 pm then we schedule a two-hour drive from 3-5 pm (subject to availability).
- Class time is 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM
We offer two exciting items to all our customers that no other Commercial Driving School in the state offers:
Solves the #1 problem we face: parent involvement. Practice makes perfect, and perfect practice prevents poor performance! We also offer the TrypScore app that logs drive time and automatically scores each drive for safety. You can even earn rewards for excellent driving habits!
Online Course 1 – Coaching from the Passenger Seat
A Guide to Effective Supervised Driving for Parents
The first course: Coaching from the Passenger Seat is a pre-license tool which will help parents to overcome the number one danger zone…Driver Inexperience.
Course curriculum includes:
- The Ground Rules
- The Safety Checklist
- First Time in Gear
- Fine Tune the Basics
- The First Road Trip
- Head on the Freeway
- Master the Country Roads
- Keep it Moving
- Parallel Parking and 90 Degree Backup
- Defensive Driving Mindset
- License Day
- Start Early and Never Stop
Online Course 2 – Danger Zone Training
The collision reduction course, Danger Zone Training, is the first of its kind and combines a revolutionary spaced-learning technique with great tips and tricks, real life videos and stories. Your teen will be given access to a new online lesson (6-12 minutes long) every month for six months.
Course curriculum includes:
- Month 1 – Seatbelts and Airbags
- Month 2 – Impaired/Distracted Driving
- Month 3 – Avoiding Common Crashes
- Month 4 – Drowsy/Night Driving
- Month 5 – Driving with Other Teens
- Month six – Aggressive Driving
TrypScore is a mobile app that offers real rewards to users who practice safe driving; initiating a preventative and proactive solution to combat the spike in vehicle collisions annually. Grand Prize is $1,000 per month for a year to cover car payments, gas, and insurance!
Together with Corporate Partners, TrypScore aims to reduce motor vehicle collisions and fatalities by engaging users in a gamified experience that makes safe driving fun. Users collect Pyns, participate in challenges, win gift cards, level up, and earn a variety of other rewards for driving safely in their communities.
If you like having your student taught and driven by a safety professional in the classroom and behind the wheel, please like, follow, and share us on social media and give us a five-star rating on Google!
Call us directly with any concern you have and we will give you our very best efforts to make you a happy customer.
Thank you and gracias!