FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Driving Education and Driver Training Frequently Asked Questions
"People over 18 still need a permit to drive, but they get an "adult permit" instead. You must be 15 1/2 years old to get a drivers permit at the California DMV. However, you may take the classroom or online driver ed course before that time. It is actually a pretty good idea to get it done early, so you can get the permit at 15 1/2, hold it for the required 6 months, and then get a license at 16.
It is not required by DMV if you are over 17½. It is a good idea to take it for safety reasons. Also, it may earn you some big discounts on insurance coverage, depending on your policy.
Click here to sign up for our online Drivers Education Course
- Take a driver education course
- Receive a completion slip for finishing the course
- Take the written test at DMV for a permit
- Take your first driving lesson
- Practice with parents (50 hours total, 10 of those at night)
- Finish your 6 hours of lessons (approximately 1 lesson every 5-6 weeks, with practice time in between)
- Hold your permit 6 months
- Take a behind the wheel test for your license
Scheduling lessons 5-6 weeks apart allows students time to practice the skills that their instructor has taught them previously and sets them up for the next lessons! Lessons progress pretty quickly so practice time is vital. In fact if students haven't practiced enough, instructors won't be able to safely move into the more advanced skills on the next lesson. You'll wind up repeating and using valuable lesson time as practice time instead of learning new things.
Absolutely! Every student is different- we encourage you to identify and seek your ideal driving program. We offer add-on lessons and packages on our services page.
There is a cancellation fee of $45 for any lesson cancelled within 48 hours of the scheduled drive time. This also applies if the student doesn't have their permit for the lesson.
Refunds won't be given for packages or unused parts of packages. Packages offer lessons at deep discounts with the understanding that students are committing to finishing their lessons with us. If there's a possibility you will move or complete your lessons somewhere else, we recommend the pay as you go plan in these cases. Paid lessons cannot be transferred to other people, either.
Unfortunately, there are no transfers of lessons or unused portions of packages.
Available appointments can only be seen by our active students. If you want to get an idea of the wait time for the first lesson, please call our office. Their estimate won't guarantee an appointment, because all appointments are available online for active scheduling at any time.