Frequently Asked Questions
What is the fee?
The fees include both the final Knowledge and Drive Tests for the license.
Can the student miss any classes?
Where can the Learner's Permit be used?
Our program makes it very easy to make up missed classes. Our flexibility can usually accommodate students that other driving schools can not. We will hold 4 special make-up classes in the month after the program ends. If those dates do not work, students can make-up the classes in the next class.
Feel free to contact us with your student's scheduling situation and we will do
our best to work out a plan that fits your needs.
How do we get the Learner's Permit?
There are 2 ways to
get the permit;
1: Wait until 10 days before the program starts and use a "wavier".
With this method, the student does not need to take the Knowledge Test.
(it does have to taken eventually however)
2: If the student is at least 15 1/2 they can come into our office and
take the 25 question Knowledge Test and then get the Permit right away.
Once they pass the Knowledge Test, it does not need to taken again to get
the actual Driver's License.
Whichever option you choose, we will send you step-by-step instructions for
getting the permit when we receive your enrollment.
Washington and Oregon
Who has to be in the front seat next to the student?
Anyone who has held a Driver's License for 5+ years.
Is there a limit to the number of passengers that can be in the vehicle
with a driver who has a Learner's Permit?
How long is the Permit valid for?
One year. It can be renewed, but you will have to pay the fee again.
What about insurance?
In just about all cases, insurance companies do not charge an additional fee to cover a driver with a Permit. It's a good idea to confirm this with your insurance agent however.
Are the Knowledge and Drive Tests the same as what used to be done at the Department of Licensing offices?
Yes, this testing is now done at private driving schools.
Is there and additional charge for the testing?
No, it is included in the program fee. HOWEVER...We do charge $25. to retake the Drive Test if it is not passed.
When do you conduct the testing?
Mondays at 4:00 (2 PM during the Summer)
Mondays at 5:00....5:30.....6:00 PM (Summer: 3:00....3:30....4:00 PM)
Do you provide the test vehicle?
If the student fails the Drive Test, does it effect their driving record?
When can students take the tests?
As soon as they finish the program.
Do students have to be 16+ to take the tests?
What is the maximum time students can wait after they finish your program to take the tests?
There is no time limit. HOWEVER...If they wait more than 1 year from the starting date of their program, we charge the regular fee that we charge the General Public: $25 for the Knowledge Test. $60 for the Drive Test.
Do students have to physically go into a Department of Licensing office to get their license?
Not any more.(fortunately) IF their Permit has a photo, and IF they are satisfied with that photo, they can get the License online with a credit card.
What are the requirements for a minor getting a license?
Do all driver education programs have the same # of hours?
- Pass a driver education course.
- Pass the Knowledge and Drive Tests.
- Hold their Learner's Permit for 6 months.
- Be 16+.
Yes, the minimum hours are set by the Department of Licensing.
Does your office have parking?
Yes, there is plenty of free parking behind our building.
When are the IN-CAR DRIVING lessons given?
During the SCHOOL YEAR:
MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS at: 5PM...6PM...7PM...8PM
SATURDAYS at: 12PM...1PM...3PM...4PM...5PM
SUNDAYS at: 10AM...11AM...12PM...1PM...2PM
In the SUMMER:
TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS at: 10:30AM...11:30AM...12:30PM...1:30PM...2:30PM...3:30PM
SATURDAYS at: 10AM...11AM...12PM...1PM...2PM...3PM
SUNDAYS at: 10AM...11AM...12PM...1PM...2PM
Can students be picked up and dropped off at other locations beside home or school?
Yes, as long as we know about it in advance and it's within a reasonable distance of our normal operating area. (Ballard, Queen Anne, Magnolia, Phinney Ridge, Wallingford, Green Lake, University Area) (Laurelhurst, Windermere, Capitol Hill, Mountake, Broadmoor, Madison Park depending upon the time of day and day of the week)
How long is each driving lesson?
The students drive for one hour, then are driven home by the next student on the schedule. Typically, each lesson requires a commitment of 1.25 to 1.5 hour total.
Do you ever cancel drives due to weather?
Only for snow, or if there is enough ice on the roads to be dangerous. Other than that, we do not cancel drives.
Do the 6 hours of Lessons count toward the 50 required hours of experience the student must have to get their license?