Issaquah

1505 NW Gilman #5B
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 643-0116

Located west of McDonald’s in the little brown building across from QFC. Not an office with staff, only a classroom location for class sessions and pick up/drop off for lessons and tests. Our office with staff is located in Kirkland at 10505 NE 38th Place Bldg 9.

Speed up the registration process: pre-apply, the first step to getting your first driver license, instruction permit, or ID card.

Teen Course details (click here):

  • 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.
  • Tree Pi
    Tree Pi
    17:41 08 Sep 20
    Mr. Kim was a great instructor! I really enjoyed his classes and he was great at teaching.
    Ryan Welsh
    Ryan Welsh
    00:14 26 Aug 20
    Love the instructors here. Great place, had a great time learning here.
    Wanhe Zhao
    Wanhe Zhao
    18:22 23 Aug 20
    Issac is super helpful in getting me comfortable on the wheel! Really informative and nice instructor. He not only teaches me how to pass the test but also always reminds me how to safely drive on the road. Highly recommended!
    Boris L.
    Boris L.
    03:38 23 Aug 20
    I can't praise Isaac highly enough for dedication to his students, professionalism, good communication and focus on safety. I also appreciate the extra effort Isaac takes to keep his classroom and cars clean and sanitized during COVID-19 pandemic. After a few lessons with Isaac my teenage son became more confident and observant on the road. I highly recommend Defensive Driving School Issaquah location.
    Anya Krupp
    Anya Krupp
    23:22 22 Aug 20
    I picked this driving school based on the reviews and I am so glad I did. I had an amazing experience learning how to drive. Mr Kim was my teacher, he is thoughtful, patient and kind. Not judgemental at all! I was worried and nervous to go to driving school, I am not a teenager and had a fear of highways. Honestly I wasn't sure I could ever drive. But all the work, encouragement and support I got from Mr Kim and the school (including scheduling folks that worked with me and accommodated my request) was so amazing. Now I am with a driver license, able to take my dog to park and vet on my own, and I can not be happier! Thank you Mr Kim for teaching me ☺️ I am very lucky to had you as my teacher.
    Shwetha Anand
    Shwetha Anand
    19:49 22 Aug 20
    Isaac is a great instructor and he is a very nice person . He is funny and is very patient. Have fun learning !
    Corbin Piliaris
    Corbin Piliaris
    18:48 18 Aug 20
    Mr Kim was very nice and was very helpful when I had to ask questions, he also was very calming and didn't stress me at all.
    Dean Settimi
    Dean Settimi
    23:32 14 Aug 20
    Mr. Kim is a great driving instructor. He made his lectures fun and hes funny as well
    Darius Johnson
    Darius Johnson
    17:16 19 Jul 20
    Mr. Kim is the best driving teacher in the country! He made classes and drives fun and informative.
    Cheng Zhifei
    Cheng Zhifei
    18:57 27 Jun 20
    very responsible driving instructor. definitely worth the value. Highly recommended!
    SonicFrost
    SonicFrost
    01:29 16 Jun 20
    Mr. Isaac Kim is the best driving mentor to me. He helped me overcome my fear of driving. He helped me to have trust and courage in myself.
    Josh Delgadillo
    Josh Delgadillo
    00:48 14 Jun 20
    Mr Kim is amazing! Instead of being boring I looked forward to going to drivers ed every day. Very forgiving and understanding for lessons, would highly recommend!
    shreya nadiger
    shreya nadiger
    19:05 16 Mar 20
    I took a one hour class with the skills test combination with Mr. Isaac. It was a great experience. I was very nervous for the class, however Mr. Isaac was very patient and gave me many tips on how to crack the actual test. He made it a fun experience and also gave good feedback for the new/student driver to overcome our fear and drive better. I would definitely recommend defensive driving school and Mr. Isaac. Thank you.
    Liju Thomas
    Liju Thomas
    21:45 03 Mar 20
    I trained with Issac Kim at Defensive Driving School, Issaquah. It has been a tremendous experience for me. Issac is patient, thorough, keeps his calm at all times and makes it a fun learning experience. Issac provides objective feedback to help improve overall driving and at the same time helps the student overcome any driving related fear. I would highly recommend the school and Issac Kim. Thank you:)!
    Brian Wong
    Brian Wong
    23:36 10 Feb 20
    Isaac is a wonderful instructor! I didn’t think I would be able to conquer the fear of driving but he helped me overcome my fear and encouraged me. He is also very patient and calm. He gives clear instructions. He is an excellent instructor!
    Max Kipust
    Max Kipust
    20:18 04 Jan 20
    I had an amazing experience driving with them. They taught me all the skills I needed to pass the test and even taking the test with them was a pleasure. Highly recommend
    Jenelyn Zabay
    Jenelyn Zabay
    06:59 23 Dec 19
    Thank you Mr. Kim for being such a knowledgeable instructor. You made me a more confident driver. you are the best. This driving school is great. Again, thank you! Best of luck to you and the school. Awesome learning with you!
    Allison Chu
    Allison Chu
    21:49 16 Dec 19
    I took driving lessons and the skills test here with Isaac Kim. Before my first lesson, I thought I would always be anxious and could never be a confident driver. After taking lessons with Mr. Kim, I have become completely comfortable behind the wheel. Mr. Kim is incredibly patient and keeps the atmosphere light and positive. No matter how many mistakes you make, he stays cool and shows you how to correct them. Not only does he show you basic skills to pass the test, but he also shows you practical skills to help you in everyday driving. If I had come here years ago when I was first learning to drive, driving would never have been an issue. Isaac Kim is the best instructor anyone can hope to have. If you are looking for a driving school, stop looking and come here.
    Navtej Kathuria
    Navtej Kathuria
    23:09 26 Nov 19
    Issac was a wonderful instructor and taught the class very well. He kept the content interesting and accurate. He is a wonderful driving instructor and is always very professional. I highly recommend Defensive Driving School and give a huge thanks to Issac for the experience.
    boss nass
    boss nass
    01:03 16 Nov 19
    This was our second experience with Defensive Driving School. Our first daughter also took her driver’s ed class with DDS. We had great experience this time with DDS at Issaquah. Isaac Kim was a great instructor to our second daughter - always helpful and humorous. My daughter enjoyed his and Doug’s lessons very much. Not surprisingly, she passed the written and skill tests without any problem. Thanks DDS.
    Shubhra Didi
    Shubhra Didi
    21:31 12 Nov 19
    Isaac Kim: This review is for my driving instructor Isaac Kim. He is the most patient instructor who not only teaches you how to drive safely with all the rules and regulations but also to how to drive elegantly and effortlessly. He is simply the best. I have tried learnig driving multiple times but never had the confidence. With him i have felt confident for the first time. A big thanks to him.
    Brian Guo
    Brian Guo
    01:10 23 Oct 19
    Very enjoyable experience, instructor Isaac Kim was extremely helpful in the classroom and especially on the drives. He always tries to make the class more exciting with jokes that may or may not be funny. I am more confident in my abilities now and feel like I have learned a lot.
    Shawn Draco
    Shawn Draco
    22:01 20 Sep 19
    My teacher was Isaac Kim and he really made this class amazing. It was fun, and we also learned what we needed to at the same time. He's an awesome teacher, and I'm happy he helped me through this! 🙂
    Utsav Goswami
    Utsav Goswami
    01:35 19 Sep 19
    Took my driving skills test here today and passed on my first try! Mr.Kim was an amazing examiner and goes above and beyond by giving you a pep talk before the pre test! He gives clear directions and instructions during the test, and before you know it, you’ll be done!
    Tiffany Aske
    Tiffany Aske
    13:42 10 Sep 19
    We are happy to report that we have had an excellent experience from beginning to end with Defensive Driving School of Issaquah. This is our second child to work on the milestone of driving. We knew better this time to start our experience with a high quality program that would support us through the entire experience, even if our teen driver needed extra help. In this case, we did not end up needing the extra help, but every student is different. In our experience, not every local driving school is prepared to help students who do need extra support. This added support is not free, but it is worth every penny. During our recent experience, Mr. Kim provided engaging instruction, both in class and behind the wheel. Our young driver would come home with funny stories from class, indicating that Mr. Kim used language and instruction techniques that were memorable and related especially well to teens. As a parent, I was invited to sit in the back seat for every driving lesson. This allowed me to learn the lingo that the instructors use with the students, so I was better prepared to be a good teacher to my young driver during all of our practice drives. Mr. Kim is an outstanding instructor for both the teens and their parents. As far as supporting a child through milestones, I would rather go back to diapers than have to sit in the passenger seat during driving practice! The good news is that Defensive Driving School and their instructors help make the experience as pleasant as it can be. Highly recommend!
    Julia Kharchenko
    Julia Kharchenko
    05:47 08 Sep 19
    I took both the teen course and the driver's license test here. Mr. Kim was a great instructor throughout the course and throughout the exam, and always maintained a positive attitude. I was very comfortable during my drives with the school and learned many useful techniques that I will take with me on the roads; I am confident that I can drive safely on the roads thanks to this course.
    Cameron McCaw
    Cameron McCaw
    02:20 07 Sep 19
    My driving instructor Mr. Kim was one of the best teachers I’ve ever had. Extremely patient and understanding he really focused on making sure i understood everything, and taught me very well.
    Dianne Caras
    Dianne Caras
    20:47 30 Aug 19
    Defensive driving school really helped me learn all the rules of the road. Mr. Kim is super nice, funny, and makes learning fun. I was scared at first to take the class and drive but he made it very fun and easy. The whole month passed by in a flash. But now I am confident in driving then I was before. I highly recommend taking the class for this will help you in learning how to drive.
    Chris Leu
    Chris Leu
    23:50 17 Aug 19
    It's a great place to take your test. Mr. Kim is a great guy and an even better instructor. He is full of laughs!
    Hailey Warren
    Hailey Warren
    00:54 17 Aug 19
    Had a great time! Really fun instructor, they really want you to succeed here. Hailey Warren
    jasmine h
    jasmine h
    21:51 30 Jul 19
    Mr. Kim was the best instructor! His class was engaging, interesting, and really fun to be a part of. He made every day an easily comprehensible experience and he made the drives less stressful due to his enjoyable demeanor. I highly recommend Defensive Driving School!
    Josiah Stewart
    Josiah Stewart
    00:15 23 Jun 19
    could not have had a better experience here! The classes (taught by Mr. Kim) were very informative, and yet entertaining! would HIGHLY recommend this place, and my teacher Isaac Kim!
    Vanessa Cusimano
    Vanessa Cusimano
    19:23 18 Jun 19
    Mr. Kim is patient and clear in his instruction. He communicates well with students and parents about skills to practice and next steps to take. The entire experience from driver's education through testing for license was positive. I highly recommend Defensive Driving School.
    Mahpara Khan
    Mahpara Khan
    23:52 24 May 19
    Mr. Issac Kim is an amazing instructor. He encouraged me through my thick and thin and pushed me to perfection. His caring attitude made things a lot easier, exactly what anyone would need in a new learning experience. I am glad I was a part of DDS. 👍👍👍
    Maya Menon
    Maya Menon
    02:45 13 Jun 18
    I had a great experience with Sir Kim Issac. He is a great instructor. I was very tensed and hesitant to drive on road. Sir Kim Issac taught me proper ways to drive and boosted my confidence too. Thank you sir for all your help.
    Jack Welsh
    Jack Welsh
    01:46 05 Jun 18
    Mr. Kim was an amazing teacher and he really helped me (and my parents) get over my fears about driving. The classes were enjoyable and I learned a lot from drives in particular. Highly recommended!
    gillybeeaann
    gillybeeaann
    00:20 27 May 18
    Isaac was a wonderful teacher- very kind, patient, and well-educated. Very funny and never was there a dull class. I really enjoyed taking drivers ed from him!
    Harsimrat Parmar
    Harsimrat Parmar
    23:15 10 May 18
    I have always been fearful of driving, especially merging onto the highways. I took lessons at Defensive Driving with Mr. Issac Kim. He was very patient with me and gave me time to learn and improve on my mistakes. He is an amazing teacher and helped overcome my fear of driving and made sure I was comfortable enough to get onto the highway. He gave me enough practice with the mock tests that I knew what I would be tested for during the driving test. I am grateful that I found Defensive Driving and Issac helped me learn. If possible would give them more stars. Can't recommend Issac enough!! 🙂
    Jiten Gala
    Jiten Gala
    21:52 02 May 18
    Kim is best driving instructor ever! Even with my 10 + yrs of prior driving experience I learnt amazing details from his instructions for driving
    Lewis Back
    Lewis Back
    19:57 10 Mar 18
    Mr. Kim is very funny and a great teacher! He is very comfortable to drive with and get lessons from. Would definitely recommend to teen drivers.
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Teen Classes

Live web-based classes via Zoom:

9/29/20-10/29/20, TWTh 6:30-8:30pm. AAA1 Mon. 10/12 6-8pm, AAA2 Mon. 10/26 6-8pm.

10/6/20-11/5/20, TWTh 4-6pm. AAA1 Mon. 10/12 6-8pm, AAA2 Mon. 10/26 6-8pm.

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