Teen Course details
- Provided in our classes: 34 hours of classroom, 5 hours of driving, and 1 hour student observation.
- A parent information session will be held.
- We strongly encourage a parent or guardian ride along on at least one driving lesson.
- Minimum course length is 5 weeks and all classroom and driving requirements must be completed within 4 months. Students are allowed to miss and make up a maximum of 3 classes. Please keep extra-curricular activities and travel plans in mind before registering for a teen course to ensure proper attention can be given toward this course.
- A driving permit is required before the first lesson. Students can get their permit up to 10 days before the start date of class.
- Driving lessons are held outside of classroom meeting times and will extend beyond the end of the classroom portion of the course.
- Upon completion of the course, an electronic certificate will be reported to the Department of Licensing. This process takes up to 3-4 weeks.
- Most of our communication is through email. When registering please provide a regularly checked email address for both student and parent.
How do I register?
On the class you want, click View More Info, select any add-on products you wish to purchase, and then select the blue Register button, fill out the required information and press Submit.
Can I register over the phone?
Unfortunately not. You will need to register on our site or in person. The Department of Licensing requires that we obtain a signature for the terms and conditions (either on a form or digitally).
Can I register in person?
Yes, but only in the Kirkland, Lake Stevens, Silverdale and Kennewick offices. All other locations are classrooms and meeting places for previously-scheduled appointments and do not have office staff who can help you.
How does my student get a permit?
Defensive Driving School does not issue permits or licenses; only the DOL can do that. We upload waivers for our enrolled students to the DOL’s database. Students can pick up their permits from the DOL any time beginning 10 days before the start of class. Students are not
required to have their permit for classroom sessions, but they are required to have a permit before their first driving lesson. It is not required for students to take the Knowledge Test before the class.
For more information on how to get a permit and what documents to bring to the DOL click on this link: http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/getpermit.html
Do you have a payment plan?
Yes. The payment plan requires a $200 minimum deposit, plus a $10 administrative fee. To take advantage of the payment plan make sure to click on the payment plan checkbox during checkout. The remainder of the class must be paid off by the first day of class which can be done directly in Schedule Agent. Please note that drives cannot be scheduled until the class is paid in full.
What’s the minimum age to start?
The Department of Licensing requires students must be 15 by the first day of class. There are no exceptions.
Can a student miss any classes?
Yes, students are allowed to miss and make-up a maximum of 3 classes. Please be mindful of your schedule and plan your other activities so you can attend classes as scheduled. If you miss more than 3 and would like to earn your completion certificate, you will need to be reinstated into a new class, which will be $175.
How long is the class?
All of our teen classes are at least five weeks long, with 30 hours of class time plus 4 hours of AAA Zero Error Driving Program, five one-on-one driving lessons with an instructor, and one observation drive (where the student sits in the back and observes another student and instructor doing their drive). We will ask that students try to get three of those drives in before the last classroom session, but the important thing is that all the student’s drives and classwork (including any make up days or test retakes) must be done by the student’s deadline. If students are not prepared to pass their driving test on their 5th driving lesson and they would like to earn a completion certificate, they may purchase extra lesson(s) as needed to gain the required minimum driving skills. The deadline is four months from the first day of class.
What does my student do in class?
Students learn the rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, what to do in hazardous road conditions, how to handle road rage, driving on the freeway and at night (if you schedule a lesson after dark) and more.
How do I schedule my drives and observation?
To schedule drives you would login at https://scheduleagent.com/login. To log in you will need to click on the red “Returning Users” button (you will not need a location code). You will be using the username and password you provided to us when registering for the class. If you forgot your login info you can reset it by clicking on the forgot username/password link.
To schedule, you will click on the green “Schedule A Drive” button or the “Calendar” link, then you will “Select a Product Type” to schedule. You will need to schedule 1 observation (preferably before your first or second drive) and 5 drives. If you purchased the Collision Avoidance course or a stick shift lesson please also schedule those for after you will have at least 10 hours of home driving practice. For all other products please contact the office to schedule.
If you owe a balance on your account you can pay directly in Schedule Agent. After you have paid in full you can schedule your drives.
View the below video for step by step instructions on how to login and schedule your drives and observation on www.ScheduleAgent.com.
How do I cancel an appointment?
Log into Schedule Agent at least 2 business days (48 hours) in
advance to cancel and reschedule an appointment. For example: If you have an appointment on Monday at 3 PM, you would need to
cancel the drive by Thursday at 3 PM to keep it at least 2 business days out. Any drive cancelled with less than 48 hours notice is charged as if you were there and an additional lesson will need to be purchased, as
outlined in our Terms and Conditions.
What is the AAA program?
The AAA Zero Error Driving program trains driver’s eyes and brains to spot trouble before it happens. Students are put in nearly 100 virtual situations to train their brains on what information is pertinent in the traffic scene. Scenarios include urban, rural, highway and work zone driving. When these situations come up in real life, students will already know what to do to handle them safely and effectively.
Are the DOL license tests done in class?
Unfortunately, this is no longer allowed by the DOL. However, we do offer testing at most of our locations, and our students who have completed the course are eligible for a discounted package on the Knowledge Test and Skills Test. Discounted tests can also be pre-purchased and added on to a teen course registration.
Once I finish the course how do I get my license?
We will notify students via e-mail upon completion of our course which takes 3-4 weeks once you’ve passed all drives, tests, makeup classes, etc. Once you receive this email you can schedule your WA State exams. There’s no need to wait until you’ve had your permit for 6 months or your 16th birthday. You will receive a discounted testing package price in the course completion email (some conditions apply). Once you’ve passed your exams and have met all the other DOL requirements you can get your license. See this link for more info: DOL driver’s license info
What is changing with WA driver’s licenses?
Please read the attached pdf for important information regarding changes to WA driver’s license numbers starting September 2018. Also, please read about whether you should upgrade to the Enhanced driver’s license that allows it to be used for commercial air travel starting Oct. 2020 as regular driver’s licenses will not be able to be used after that for air travel.
Home practice guide
Parents are expected to practice 2 to 3 hours in between driving lessons. Without this practice, students may need additional lessons (for an added fee) to complete the course. Please see this great resource from the DOL at the below link that helps parents learn how to supervise their teen’s driving with helpful tips on how to teach vital driving skills.
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. You may use your own vehicle for the skills test only.
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.
Additional Training Options
What is Skid Training?
This training is done with a specially equipped car on a closed course – parking lot (Arlington). 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”.
Sign up on this page: https://driving-school.com/skid-monster-collision-avoidance/
What is Advanced Collision Avoidance Training?
Students bring their own vehicles to a course at Bellevue College on certain Saturdays. Students will learn the limits of their vehicle on a closed track and learn how to respond quickly to hazards. The Advanced Collision Avoidance Training begins with a short briefing on what you’ll be doing during your session, as well as key terms and phrases you’ll hear from our instructors. Then you head into the real “classroom” – behind the wheel of your own vehicle. There, you start off with a simple but crucial slalom driving exercise, fine-tuning your steering and vision techniques. Next up you’ll practice emergency braking, learning how to stop your vehicle as quickly as possible. Finally, you’ll put your newly-developed skills to the test in a simulated collision avoidance exercise, where you’ll practice braking and steering to avoid an obstacle. All of this will be conducted in a safe environment where you’ll learn the limits and abilities of yourself and your vehicle.
Surviving today’s roadways are a challenge – and it seems as though it will only get worse as more and more distracted drivers crowd our busy streets and highways. In 1.75 hours, during our Advanced Collision Avoidance course, you’ll learn how to not only survive this challenge, but feel confident in doing so. Driving your own vehicle, you’ll practice and develop critical emergency braking and collision avoidance skills.
Sign up on this page: https://driving-school.com/skid-monster-collision-avoidance/
Do you teach Stick shift lessons?
Yes, we have stick lessons available out of our Kirkland location. 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.
Sign up for stick shift lessons here: https://driving-school.com/stick-shift-training/