Kirkland/Bellevue (Yarrow Point)


10505 NE 38th Pl, Bldg 9
Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 643-0116

A classroom location for class sessions and pick up/drop off for lessons and tests. This is our main office with staff.

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.
  • ABOUT DEFENSIVE DRIVING SCHOOL

    Defensive Driving School today is the combination of traffic safety programs which has a long history in the Seattle area. In 2001 Defensive Driving School joined forces with Seattle Driving School, the area's pioneer driving school being established in 1945. In January of 2006, Kirshner Driving School, which was formed in 1949, became part of the Defensive Family. By combining the experience and attributes of each program, we've come up with a curriculum that is 2nd to none. Defensive Driving School has more collective years of experience than any school in Washington.
  • Christofer Jenks
    Christofer Jenks
    20:30 19 Nov 19
    Wonderful place! Marc Eilers was the instructor i had and although i stalled the vehicle a number of times he never made me feel pressured. Such a good guy. Highly recommend this place to anyone who's looking to learn how to drive a stick (or learn to drive in general).
    Jaimee Walmsley
    Jaimee Walmsley
    23:24 07 Nov 19
    Great experience with DDS in Poulsbo! Very thorough teaching and learning and I felt that my child was very equipped with the knowledge he will need to be a safe and conscientious driver. 🙂
    Nisha Graham
    Nisha Graham
    19:35 07 Nov 19
    I took 10 lessons at the Kirkland/Bellevue (Yarrow Point) location, and did most of them with Marc. He was very patient, and explained things well. The commentary driving helped a lot. I passed my driving test first time round, and couldn't have done it without these valuable lessons. Definitely recommend!
    Linda Story
    Linda Story
    21:42 04 Nov 19
    Kyle, who instructs the stick shift course, is great! Kyle was patient and had great techniques to help learn driving with a clutch. My son was able to drive the manual car within the 90 minute instruction time. Thank you, Kyle!
    Cynthia Portis
    Cynthia Portis
    14:30 07 Oct 19
    My husband and I were pleased with the instruction our son received at Silverdale DDS. We appreciated being able to each do an observation ride along which allowed us to hear the feedback given to our son and follow-up outside of the class. Mitch is great and has a very engaging teaching style.
    Devon Balocco
    Devon Balocco
    23:44 08 Sep 19
    DDS of Factoria was an exceptionally positive experience! Highly recommend this location as Jim Freaney was a great classroom instructor and also very calm and helpful during the instructional drives, teaching proper maneuvers and rules of the road. Michelle and Kristal in customer service were also very helpful and quick to respond to questions and rescheduling needs. So appreciate the dedication of this team to provide proficiency to these new drivers on the road.
    Kyle Mattox
    Kyle Mattox
    23:30 30 Aug 19
    They let me teach stick, in a brand new Mazda. What more could I need??
    MDJ Beauty
    MDJ Beauty
    17:54 22 Aug 19
    The school did what they were supposed to do. I went along for a ride with my child's classroom instructor and he was kind, instructed well, and explained differences from what we learned to what they were teaching the teens today. My son said classes were boring, but every school is boring to the teens that we know. What I like is that he actually learned a lot and became more comfortable behind the wheel of the car. The rest is up to me.
    Chelsea McKitten
    Chelsea McKitten
    18:01 19 Aug 19
    Instructor was nice, teaching style wasn’t for me. The commentary driving was more distracting than helpful in my opinion. Some people might like it.
    Joanna Oster
    Joanna Oster
    18:21 09 Jul 19
    I really enjoy the driving lessons. As a beginner it was nice to get a different view of driving from a professional instead of just my parents 🙂
    Roger C
    Roger C
    19:32 05 Jun 19
    We never had a single issue with DDS. They were superb! Customer support from the Kirkland office was really good. Asked them lots of questions during the 6 weeks. Really helped us understand the process at DOL as well as what the driving school provides. All the instructors in the University District were very good. I rode two times during my grand daughter’s training. Impressed and learned some ways to to help in between scheduled drives. I have no hesitation with my 5 star rating.
    Cody C
    Cody C
    20:25 06 Apr 19
    I had a great experience taking a stick shift lesson with Kyle. Never driving stick before, Kyle was able to cover the basics and get me moving quicker than I expected. He was motivated to make sure I got the most out of my lesson, getting me out of the parking lot when I felt ready, and asking about any specific things I wanted to learn when on the road. Kyle is professional, knowledgeable, and supportive.
    Desiree Lane
    Desiree Lane
    03:16 24 May 18
    (Renton location) Elizabeth is a great teacher and is very nice and down to earth person, I’m learning a lot in her class! Would rate her 5/5 stars as a driver ed teacher and person!! She’s really good on drives and teaching the ways of the road! Gayan, I have done 3 drives with him and every time he has been on the phone talking with other people, and even made me wait 15 min so he could finish a call! Wouldn’t recommend him.
    Melissa Mulkey
    Melissa Mulkey
    00:49 17 May 18
    Renton Defensive is great we get workbooks to take home and Elizabeth is great!
    Andrew Wright
    Andrew Wright
    14:11 02 Mar 18
    Jimmy (the instructor in Lynnwood) has a calm disposition and when I went on a drive along with him I was amazed at his abilities. He keeps the dialogue comfortable in the car putting the student at ease, but not distracting. He was fully engaged in the instruction and was careful not to criticize. I liked how he repeated phrases of instruction ingraining them in the student's mind for future driving. These words quickly became habits that insure good driving. Even with more nerve wracking drives where my daughter was nervous before hand (the freeway drive) she returned home confident and encouraged feeling capable because that is what he instilled in her in the process. Jimmy is a true asset to the experience. He is exceptional! We will be back with our third child.
    Lori Jean Andrade
    Lori Jean Andrade
    18:29 15 Feb 18
    Referred by previous students. Close and convenient. Informative reminders. Michelle is amazing!!! Pleasant experience.
    Ronnie Netz
    Ronnie Netz
    23:25 12 Sep 17
    The classes were interesting and taught very well. The staff were very polite and easy to work with. Fey took me on my drives and did a good job of making me feel comfortable while also helping me be aware of my surroundings using commentary driving. Carol was my teacher and she did a great job teaching the class.
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