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Defensive Driving School, Driving Instruction, Bellevue, WA
 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 
 
Teen Program
What's the minimum age to start?
15 by the first day of class.
Do I need a permit by the first class?
No, but you are required to have the permit no later than 7 days after the class begins. When an applicant registers, we will e-mail a detailed list of instructions on how to obtain the learner's permit.
Do you issue the driving permits?
Only the DOL can issue permits and licenses.
How do I reserve a space in the course?
When we receive your completed application with a deposit we will confirm your seat in the course.
Do you have a payment plan?
Yes, it requires a $200 deposit to enroll and the balance is due 7 days prior to the course start date. When paying by credit card online, the only option is to pay to entire amount. For payment plan, please print out the enrollment form and mail it in with a check or money order.
What happens if I miss a classroom session?
You are allowed to miss and make-up up to three classes. We have a make-up schedule posted in each location.
How do I cancel an appointment?
Contact our office at least 2 business days (48 hours) in advance and we will be happy to reschedule you. So, for example, if you would like to reschedule a Monday appointment at 3 pm that means you would need to call our office by 3pm on Thursday to keep at least 48 hours notice and avoid a late cancellation fee. The more notice students give us for reschedules, the easier it will be for us to reschedule the appointment(s).
 
Additional Training Options
What is Skid Training?
This training is done with a specially equipped car on a closed course - parking lot (either Arlington or Renton). In part of the training students learn life saving techniques on how to control a skidding vehicle. However, the most important part of the training is how to avoid getting into a skid in the first place. Skills that can take hours to learn on the road only take a few minutes to learn in the "skid monster".
What is Advanced Collision Avoidance Training?
Students bring their own vehicles to a course at Emerald Downs in Auburn on certain Saturdays. Students will learn the limits of their vehicle on a closed track and learn how to respond quickly to hazards.
Do you teach Stick shift lessons?
Yes, we have stick lessons available out of our Seattle and Redmond locations. You may sign up for one or several, depending on what skills you desire to learn. We use our vehicle which is equipped with a dual clutch, so you don't have to worry about ruining the transmission in your own car.
Beginning Adult Program
How do I sign up for lessons?
You can enroll online or download an application, fill it out and send it to our administrative office with payment and we will schedule you for lessons.
Can you guarantee a license at the end of my lessons?
No, we cannot guarantee that you'll do well on your DOL exam. We will teach you the skills that you need to be ticket and collision-free, but we cannot say if you will always follow what you've been taught.
What is the average number of lessons?
It depends on your prior driving experience, age, skill level, ability to practice outside of instruction time and your cultural background. Our instructor can better inform you on the first lesson how many more you'll need.
Can I sign up now and pay later?
No. We will reserve an appointment time for you when we receive payment in full.
Can I use my own car?
No. Because of state requirements and liabilities we require all driving lessons to be conducted in our vehicles.
 
Driver Improvement
Will the judge drop my ticket?
Every judge is different. With many of our students the judges have deferred the ticket so that it does not appear on your driving record as long as you don't have a second offense.
Will the class lower my insurance?
Many insurance companies offer defensive driving class discounts. Call your specific company and ask them how they apply discounts for driving classes to your policy and premium.
Are you Washington State approved?
Yes. Many other states approve our courses, as well. Check with your out of state court to know if they approve us. (WA, CA, FL are ok plus ??? others)

Department of Licensing Testing

We offer both knowledge tests and skill tests. The application/test fee is not refundable. Test appointments can be changed with 2 business days notice.