FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
• We require a 24 BUSINESS-HOUR NOTIFICATION for any lesson cancellations including illness. Anything less will incur a $40 late-cancellation charge. For a Sunday or Monday appointment, we must be notified by the appointment time on Friday.
VOICE Messages are monitored (as much as possible) for last-minute schedule changes; you may leave a voice message 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
• Once your student starts their lessons, all three lessons must be completed within four months from their first lesson or there will be a $50 re-contract charge.
• As a courtesy, our instructor will make an attempt to contact you the evening before each lesson as a reminder. However, if they cannot reach you, they will still show up for the lesson as scheduled. We have a MAXIMUM wait time for students of 15 minutes. If a student is more than 15 minutes late, the lesson will be marked as a "No Show" and the $40 Late Cancellation Fee will apply.
• There is a $20 fee to replace a lost DMV Certificate of Completion (Gold/Yellow form received at the end of the teen six-hour driving course).
• Returned Check Fee is $30.
Drivers Education is the 30 hour classroom or internet study program that focuses on "rules of the road" and prepares the student for taking the written Instructional Permit test at the DMV. Drivers Training is the "Hands on" lessons that occur in a Driving School vehicle with a DMV licensed instructor.
Think of the steps as a path that the student must follow, where each step needs to be completed before the student can move to the next step. These steps apply to anyone who is under 18 and attempting to get their license.
Step 1: Complete a DMV approved Drivers Education program. Some of our local schools still offer this part in the school curriculum and you may be able to complete it there for no charge. It is many times taken in Summer School before the freshman year. Call your school to see if it is available. If it is not, you will need to take a DMV approved Online course. We highly recommend the Welcome Driver program, which you can sign up for through our web page and receive a $25 discount. We have found it to be the most thorough program available. If you attend Central Valley Christian School (CVC) we do offer a classroom program at CVC in the fall of each year. It takes place on a series of Saturdays. Call CVC for information. When you successfully complete the Drivers Education program, you will be issued a certificate. Put this in a safe place as you will need it for Step 2.
Step 2: At the age of 15 ½ or after, the student is allowed to take the Instructional Permit test at the DMV. You must have an appointment, which you can make from our web page (See Resources Tab) You may schedule an appointment up to 90 days in advance. You must provide the DMV with your Drivers Education Completion Certificate, birth certificate, social security card and a completed application (which is now completed online). There is a $36 fee, which allows you to take the test 3 times. (If you fail the test, you must wait a week to retry.) When the test is passed, you will be issued the provisional instruction permit, which is NOT VALID until you have had your first lesson with the Driving School. Call us immediately to get enrolled and schedule your lessons. Be sure to have your permit with you when you call, as we need info from it.
Step 3: Take your first Driving Lesson with us, where the instructor will sign and validate your permit. You may now legally begin your driving practice with your parents. Your parents must drive with you a minimum of 50 hours, which includes 10 hours of night driving. You will also be scheduled for 6 hours of Drivers Training. You will be issued a "Gold Slip" after completing your 6 hours. You must take this with you to submit to the DMV when you take your road test. When you have held your permit for 6 months, you will be eligible to schedule your road test at the DMV.
(For additional details, please check out the Parent-Teen Training Guide. See Resources Tab)
If it was issued by a public school, you must contact the school office for a duplicate. If it was issued by us, please contact us at 559-798-5118. There is a $20 (Cash or Money Order only) fee for all duplicate slips.
The instructor issues it directly to the student at the end of the last lesson, after 6 hours have been completed. The student signs that the slip was received. We highly recommend that parents get the slip from the student immediately and save it in a safe place, so it will be readily accessible when the student is ready for the Road test, where it must be presented to the DMV.
No. We are not allowed to schedule lessons until the test has been passed and the permit has been issued.
No. A maximum of 2 hours may be done daily.
Legally, yes. However, that is not the way a student learns best. Frequent practice with parents between lessons with the Driving Instructor is the best way to retain knowledge and skills. We have a "standard" practice of scheduling Lesson #2 approximately 1-2 weeks after #1 and scheduling Lesson #3 approximately 6 weeks after #2. We have found this to be the best schedule for student learning. This assumes that the parent is giving regular practice between lessons. We do adjust this schedule as needed for individual student needs.
This is not recommended. Our instruction should be the solid foundation that your student builds on. Just like a student who "crams" for an exam does not retain the knowledge, a student will be a safer driver if the correct skills are learned at the beginning of the driving experience and not "crammed" at the last minute. Our theory is that we want our students to pass the DMV Road test because they have become safe drivers, not because they crammed at the last minute.
After you pass your driving (Road) test, you will be issued a provisional driver license. With your provisional driver license, you must be accompanied and supervised by a licensed parent, guardian or other licensed driver 25 years of age or older, or by a licensed or certified driving instructor when you:
- Transport passengers under 20 years of age at any time, for the first twelve months.
- Drive between 11 pm and 5 am for the first twelve months.
This means you cannot give anyone under 20 years old (your friends, your brother(s), sister(s), cousin(s), etc.) a ride unless you have a licensed parent, a guardian or other adult 25 years old or older in the car with you. You are also not allowed to drive between 11 pm and 5 am during your first year after getting your license unless you have a licensed parent, a guardian or other adult 25 years old or older in the car with you.
With a provisional license, you can drive by yourself between the hours of 5 am and 11 pm. If you are under 18, you cannot be employed to drive a motor vehicle.
When you turn 18 years of age, the provisional part of your license ends. You may continue to drive as an adult using your photo license, which will expire on your 5th birthday after the date you applied.