TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The following are Nova Driving School’s (“NDS,” “Nova”) General Terms and Conditions. These terms and conditions apply to all students in all classes. This agreement constitutes all policies agreed upon by registered NDS students. Please read this page carefully.

 

COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY REQUIREMENTS: Nova Driving School is committed to the safety and well-being of its students and staff. The following conditions are in place at Nova until the state of Illinois, following Restore Illinois Website Guidelines, enters Phase 5 of their COVID-19 plan:

 
  • - If they failed to bring PPE, they can purchase it from Nova. Face masks must be worn correctly in order to enter any Nova Driving School location or vehicle and may not be removed at any time while inside a Nova location or vehicle. If a student refuses to wear a face mask correctly, or removes their face mask while at any Nova location or in any Nova vehicle, their lesson will be canceled and they will not receive an attendance credit or a refund.
  • - Eating/drinking is prohibited at Nova's office location and in a Nova Driving School vehicle.
  • - Students must cancel lessons in advance if they are symptomatic (persistent cough, fever, etc.), or if they have come into contact with symptomatic people/positive COVID-19 cases. These students should reschedule their next lesson at least 14 days after the point of contact.
  • - If a student needs to cancel last-minute due to a positive COVID-19 test for themselves or for anyone with whom they have had contact, the cancellation fee may, at NDS’ discretion, be waived if a copy of a positive test result is submitted to NDS and lessons can not be schedule within the next 15 days.
  • - NDS may, at the direction of the state of Illinois, cancel all upcoming driving lessons in the event that a regression to Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan occurs.

PAYMENT RULE: All programs of Nova Driving School can be processed as One Time Payment only.

 

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: All techniques and materials are the exclusive property of NDS. You agree not to disclose, sell or distribute any information, written or spoken, obtained from NDS, to any third party.

 

STUDENT DISMISSAL AND SCHEDULING: NDS may, at its own discretion, change course schedules and locations and, on rare occasions, cancel a course if there is not a minimum of seven students enrolled. You understand that course size is limited and therefore enrollment is taken on a first-come, first-served basis. NDS may dismiss any student who has not paid tuition, in full, in accordance with our tuition policies or who, in NDS’s opinion, has a disruptive attitude or concerning odor during classroom and/or driving lessons.

 

CONFIDENTIALITY: NDS will not disclose, sell, or distribute any information obtained from a student, either written or spoken, with any third party, unless it is requested to do so by legal party or court order. The student agrees not to copy, reproduce, download, upload, post, display, broadcast, transmit, distribute, publish, republish, encode, translate or otherwise use any Materials or Marks provided on this website in any form, by any means, in any medium, or by any information storage or retrieval system without the express written permission of NDS.

 

WEBSITE: Both NovaDrivingSchool.com and NovaDriving.com make use of marketing pixels. All trademarks, service marks, logos, model and brand names, emblems and protectable trade dress elements, whether explicitly marked or not, (individually and collectively, “Marks”) used on this website are owned by NDS or joint partners, or are used with permission. All Marks are subject to U.S. (federal and state) and international trademark, unfair competition laws, and other intellectual property laws.

 

PERSONAL PROPERTY: The staff and instructors at Nova Driving School are not liable for loss of a student’s private property and/or documents. Please keep track of your belongings when in a Nova classroom or vehicle.

 

DISPUTE RESOLUTION: All disputes under Administrative Driving Code, Title 92, Chap. II, Part 1060.80 shall be directed to the Illinois Secretary of State Office.

INSTRUCTION PERMIT: Students must have a valid driver’s instruction permit and a photo ID with them any time they are scheduled to drive a Nova vehicle. If a student does not have their permit and photo ID with them, the lesson will be cancelled and a $45 rescheduling fee will apply.

 

FOOTWEAR: Students may not wear sandals or open-toed shoes of any kind during driving lessons. Shoes must cover both the toes and the heels of the student. No high heels of any kind are permitted during driving lessons. If the student fails to meet these requirements, the lesson will be cancelled and a $45 cancellation fee will be incurred.

 

CELL PHONES/ELECTRONIC DEVICES: Use of cell phones and/or any other portable electronic devices by students during BTW lessons is strictly prohibited. Students are asked to silence/turn off their cell phone and/or any other portable electronic devices during driving lessons. Students who do not follow these guidelines will be excused from the lesson and will not receive an attendance credit for the lesson.

 

PARALLEL PARKING AND HIGHWAY DRIVING: Please note that these skills are taught at the instructor’s discretion and are not guaranteed to be included in Behind-the-Wheel lessons unless the student has purchased either the Ultimate Beginner package (adults) or an additional two-hour lesson for parallel parking and highway driving (teens).

 

TEEN DOCUMENTS: All registration documents must be turned in to NDS before any teen can begin their Behind-the-Wheel lessons.

 

CANCELLATION NOTICE FOR DRIVING: All driving lesson cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance of the lesson’s start time to avoid a cancellation fee. Students who cancel their lessons within 24 hours of the lesson will be charged a $45 cancellation fee per every two hours scheduled. Cancellations can be made via the student’s Nova web portal account (for which all students receive a login and password when they first sign up for classes with Nova), or by speaking directly to a member of the office on the phone. Text messages, emails, or voicemails left for Nova staff are not sufficient notice, and are not accepted as cancellation notifications.

 

IN-LESSON CANCELLATION: BTW lessons begin when the instructor arrives at the location of the lesson at the scheduled time. The instructor reserves the right to cancel the lesson at any time if they are concerned that the student is in any way impaired. A lesson may also be cancelled if the student chooses not to take the lesson, is not wearing adequate footwear, or if the student refuses to follow the instructor’s directions (especially and including warnings about a student’s reckless behavior.) Nova’s obligations to the student for that lesson shall be considered fulfilled if it is cancelled under any of these conditions.

If the instructor decides to stop a lesson while it is in progress due to lack of adequate footwear, the student’s cognitive impairment, or failure to follow directions, Nova will consider that lesson as fulfilled. The student will not owe a cancellation fee, but will not receive a refund for the lesson. Credit for driving lessons is valid for one year from the purchase date. If a full year passes before the student makes up the lesson, they will have to pay full price for any additional driving lessons.

All canceled lessons must be rescheduled for the student to complete the required driving time mandated by the Secretary of State.

 

TRANSPORTATION TO THE ROAD TEST: While BTW instruction is private, if a student chooses to go to their Road Test with no lesson attached, they may be scheduled to ride with an instructor who is going to the Secretary of State with another student. Nova will provide home pick-up on the day of the Road Test only if it is combined with a lesson. If a student will travel on their own to the SOS office, they will be given a time to meet a Nova instructor at the SOS office or at the public transportation station nearest to the SOS.

 

ROAD TEST AT SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE: Two hours are allotted for the road test, including dropping the student off at their scheduled drop-off location after the test. Any additional time spent at the Secretary of State due to delays in line or other factors, including the need to resolve documentation, eligibility, or license issues will be charged at a rate of $50/hour after the first additional 30 minutes has passed. Upon departure from the Secretary of State, students can choose to be dropped off at the nearest CTA transportation station, rather than at their home, if they wish to avoid incurring the $50/hour charge if the total time spent for the road test exceeds two hours. Students can choose to reschedule the road test for another day in order to resolve any issues preventing them from taking the test for a $45 rescheduling fee.

 

NOT READY FOR ROAD TEST: If a NDS instructor determines that a student is not ready to take their road test, they will cancel the test. The student may choose to use the two hours that had been scheduled for their road test as a regular lesson, or they can cancel (with a $45 rescheduling fee) and reschedule it for a different day.

 

VALIDITY AND TRANSFER: NDS Students will have nine months from the start of their program to complete all purchased hours. After these nine months, the credit will expire and students will have to re-register and begin the program again. These nine months begin from the first day of service. For Classroom students, this begins on the first day of class. For Behind-The-Wheel students, this begins on the day of purchase.

After this 9-month period, the credit will expire. This credit is transferable to other students before it expires. If for any reason, a teen student is dropped from a class and needs to re-enroll in another one, there is a $45 re-enrollment fee, if the teen is re-enrolled before the credit expiry date.

 

REFUNDS AND OTHER FEES: If a refund is requested for any reason, a 30% processing fee will be assessed to the amount refunded and the refund and process will take 3-4 business weeks. Refunds are only distributed to those with lesson or road-test credit less than 30 days old. All debit/credit payment transactions are subject to a 3% processing fee that is nonrefundable.

 

PAYMENT REFUSAL/LACK OF FUNDS: In the event that the method of payment is returned for insufficient funds, the student or parent(s) will be responsible for the entire balance, as well as for any bank fees incurred by NDS due to payment refusal. In the event that the balance is not paid in full by 90 days, the student or parent(s) will be responsible for all billed charges, collection costs, and reasonable attorney fees.

 

TEEN CERTIFICATION/ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible to earn their driver’s license before they turn 18, teens residing in Illinois must complete a 30-hour classroom course as well as a minimum six-hour Behind-the-Wheel course. Teens may be eligible for classroom instruction if the class program ends after the student turns 15 years of age.

Students will be eligible to take the Illinois Written Exam to obtain their Illinois Class D Permit after the fourth day of class. The following documents must be turned in before the conclusion of a complete program, or certification will not be sent to the Secretary of State:

Behind-The-Wheel Only students (BTW-Only) will, in addition to the above documents, also need to provide proof of completion of the classroom portion of Driver's Ed, or certification will not be sent to the Secretary of State.

After completion of their Behind-The-Wheel program, students must wait for a certificate from the Secretary of State, sent via postage mail, before they may visit the DMV to take their road test (provided that they are eligible to obtain their Class D license, as detailed below).

Nova Driving School applies to the Secretary of State for the teen to receive full certification for completing Driver’s Ed when the following criteria have been met:

  1. 1. The teen has completed all required classroom and in-vehicle training.
  2. 2. All required documents are submitted to Nova Driving.

To obtain a Class D Illinois Driver’s License, a teen must meet the previous two criteria, in addition to:

  • - be at least 16 years of age
  • - have held an Instruction Permit for at least 9 months
  • - has fulfilled the 50-hour log sheet with at least 50 hours of Behind-The-Wheel practice recorded.
 

TEEN ABSENCE/MAKEUP POLICY: A maximum of four absences are allowed throughout the teen classroom program. Students who arrive more than 15 minutes late after class start can be marked as absent, at instructor discretion. Missed classes or missing/failed classwork must be made up before the conclusion of the program – makeup sessions are held at Nova locations every Friday, anytime between 3:30p-5:30p, unless otherwise stated or arranged. Missing the fifth class will result in the student being dropped from the program. The student may re-enroll in another class for a $45 re-enrollment fee, provided that credit is still valid.

Note that academic dishonesty/cheating on chapter work will result in the student’s work not counting, and an absence being marked, at the discretion of the instructor. Repeated cases of cheating can lead to, at the discretion of NDS, removal from the program. The student may re-enroll in another class for a $45 re-enrollment fee, provided that credit is still valid.

 

INDEPENDENT CLASSROOM SESSIONS: Must be canceled at least 48 hours in advance via phone call only (no emails/voicemails). Last-minute cancellations or no-shows for Independent classroom sessions are subject to a $90/2 hours fee.

 

STUDENT CONDUCT: The instructor reserves the right to cancel a lesson or remove a student from class, if a student fails to follow our Behind-The-Wheel and classroom policies, including but not limited to: not carrying an Instruction Permit, not wearing proper closed-toe footwear, misconduct or improper behavior.

 

TEEN SCHEDULING BEHIND-THE-WHEEL (BTW) LESSONS: Students may start their BTW Lessons as long as their program is paid in full, and completed copies of the Instruction Permit, School Approval Form, and this Agreement form turned in to the Nova office. If enrolled in a complete program, scheduling BTW lessons can begin after the classroom sessions conclude. BTW Lessons will not be scheduled until all the above criteria is met. Note that for BTW-only students, proof of classroom driver’s ed completion is also required.

 

TEEN SCHEDULING BEHIND-THE-WHEEL (BTW) LESSONS: Students may start their BTW Lessons as long as their program is paid in full, and completed copies of the Instruction Permit, School Approval Form, and this Agreement form turned in to the Nova office. If enrolled in a complete program, scheduling BTW lessons can begin after the classroom sessions conclude. BTW Lessons will not be scheduled until all the above criteria is met. Note that for BTW-only students, proof of classroom driver’s ed completion is also required.

 

By signing this Form, you are irrevocably giving permission to the Nova Driving School, its officers, agents, employees, successors, licensees, and assigns to use the image, likeness, appearance, video or sound recordings of your child for safety and quality control purposes.

Your consent to the use of video and sound recordings and your child's image, likeness, appearance, and voice now or in the future. The video and sound recordings may be used for any educational, training or informational purposes whatsoever, but not for any commercial uses. Nova Driving School will only share the image, likeness, appearance, video and sound recordings with its agents, employees, successors, licensees, and assigns. All rights, title and interest in the image, likeness, appearance, video and sound recordings belong solely to Nova Driving School.

I understand and agree to the conditions outlined in this video and sound recording release and consent form. As the parent or legal guardian of the participant named below and on behalf of my child, I irrevocably give consent to Nova Driving School, it's officers, agent, employees, successors, licensees, and assigns forever to make use of my child's image, likeness, appearance, and voice in video and sound recordings as described above. I acknowledge that I am fully aware of the contents of this release and am under no disability, duress or undue influence at the time of my signing of this instrument.

By Signing up with Nova Driving School (2036 N. Western Ave. Chicago, Illinois. 60646), I certify that I have read the entire Information, Agreement, and Terms & Conditions Forms (available upon request or online at https://www.novadriving.com), and myself and my son/daughter agree to the policies, terms, and conditions detailed within. I hereby enroll my son/daughter in NDS’ Teen Driver’s Education Program. I authorize my son/daughter to attend NDS’ classroom instruction and to provide my son/daughter with supervised, practical behind the wheel instruction in automobiles owned or leased by them on city streets and state highways as they deem appropriate for the purposes of driver’s education. I also authorize my son/daughter to schedule lessons on their behalf, if I am not able to. I understand I may retain a copy of these forms for my records, may ask for additional copies, and can view the Terms & Conditions on the NDS Website (https://www.novadriving.com) at any time.

By Signing up with Nova Driving School (2036 N. Western Ave. Chicago, Illinois. 60646), I certify that I have read the entire Information, Agreement, and Terms & Conditions Forms (available upon request or online at https://www.novadriving.com), and I agree to the policies, terms, and conditions detailed within. I understand I may retain a copy of these forms for my records, may ask for additional copies, and can view the Terms & Conditions on the NDS Website (https://www.novadriving.com) at any time.

Refund Fee 30% of payment
Debit/Credit Card Processing Fee 3% of payment
Behind-The-Wheel late cancellation fee $45/2 hours
Independent Classroom cancellation fee $90/2 hours
Teen Re-Enrollment Fee $45