Kirkland (Yarrow Point)
10505 NE 38th Pl, Bldg 9
Kirkland, WA 98033
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.
4.6Based on 187 reviewsBrandon Winder18:35 02 Feb 21Highly recommend. We have three children who have completed the driving course at Defensive Driving, and each one has had a positive experience. I have recommended them to friends in the past, and will continue to do so.Dennis Brooke17:22 14 Nov 20Highly recommend. My 82 year old mother thought she was ready to start driving again after not driving for several years. I took her to DDS for a two plus hour evaluation. After testing at both the office and driving, they recommended she not drive again. Using an independent, qualified service, helped her to make an informed decision on whether or not she'd be safe back on the roads. We appreciate their professionalism and care during the process. It was worth the money. On the other hand, the department of licensing recommended she just start driving again. Thank God for the pedestrians and other drivers on the road, we didn't take their advice.Natali Sweetmalson22:34 23 Oct 20The owner JC was very calming and reassuring. He gave me clear instructions during the driving test. It was a pleasant experience and I appreciate his service.Mohit Singh22:45 01 Oct 20Deep is a great instructor! I scheduled 2 drives with him and they went great! He is great at teaching Parallel parking and backing around a corner! I took my final with him and passed. Overall a great instructor!sophronia k-w01:01 11 Sep 20Even in a pandemic they make learning how to drive fun.Sydney Moriah00:55 11 Sep 20Helpful instructors. I did my courses during Covid-19. Which required the lessons to be online. They made it very easy to stay engaged while learning and taught very well even if they were online.Edward Lee00:55 11 Sep 20Tyson and Verla were always very upbeat but they also taught efficiently. Would recommend.Kaitlyn Nyangate20:55 01 Sep 20I learned a lot about driving and I loved how thorough it was as wellCarter Mitchell22:22 06 Aug 20I had a great experience learning from all of my instructors, and the office gave great support when there was an issue that needed to be fixed. I would highly recommend going to DDS.Shyama Neelambika21:48 03 Aug 20I have tried 4 schools and a few instructors in the area and Marc Eilers who works out of DDS Kirkland is the best out of the lot. He is patient, kind and very thorough with his teaching style. If you are looking to get your license, go to Marc!Anthony Moritz19:04 22 Jul 20The instructors are the best, the class teaches you so much useful stuff you never would have thought of. I'm so happy I chose to go herelauren brianna00:16 22 Jul 20Each and every teacher I had during my web-based instruction made sure to be thorough and clear on what I needed to know! This class was definitely worth the $500 🙂Sanita Salter05:54 11 Jun 20Marty at West Seattle location was wonderful and delightful and friendly and non intimidating. My daughter relaxed and he made it easy to learn and removed her anxiety.Jacqueline Mischel01:52 06 Jun 20The instructors were very nice! Even though the classes were boring at times, they made them way more fun and enjoyable! I would definitely recommend this to my friends!Kyra Burke Musnick23:46 12 May 20I completed the online course during April to May, I had vallare and Kyle both exceptional people and exceptional teachers! Both so sweet! I recommend defensive driving school! It had too would do it again there. 10/10!Lexy Relph23:32 20 Apr 20My son took the web-based DDS learner class during the covid shutdown. It was the first webinar version of the course, and they were really well organized. He found it very informative and really liked instructor Kyle. The condensed format was terrific. Looking forward to in-person drives when everything opens up again.Olivia Smith00:19 11 Apr 20I did half of my class in a classroom and half online due to covid 19. The online classes were just as good as the in person ones. Everything they teach has a purpose and is very helpful in knowing what to do on the road. All of the instructor are very nice and experienced. I would highly recommend this driving school for anyone learning to drive.Divya Sen21:16 24 Feb 20My husband and I took driving lessons from the kirkland branch. Marc taught both of us. He is a very good instructor who was patient with us and gave a very detailed feedback after each class. I would highly recommend Marc to anyone who is learning to get behind the wheels in a safe way.Heaston Family Adventures16:40 22 Feb 20Issaquah location was outstanding!! Isaac was an outstanding instructor who has the gift in teaching a dry subject and making it memorable for the kids. Highly recommended!Stephanie Shipley02:30 19 Feb 20I’ve had four children take classes through DDS. The instructor makes classes enjoyable and is great with the on the road instruction. Highly recommend them!Ian Stambaugh01:55 29 Jan 20Mr. Brett is the best instructor here. He is quite fun, but I have also learned a lot from his instructory manner. I now feel much more confident behind the wheel after taking this class. Thank you for this experience.leo ifrim01:55 29 Jan 20Brett is the best teacher. He very funny, very cool man. Very fun man, yes. This class very fun cool funny yes. Thank you Mr Brett Man.dency patel18:55 10 Dec 19Wonderful place to learn Driving! Marc Eilers was the instructor. He was great instructor and helped me a lot on improving my Driving Skills. Highly recommend this place to anyone who's looking to learn how to drive.Christofer Jenks20:30 19 Nov 19Wonderful 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 Walmsley23:24 07 Nov 19Great 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 Graham19:35 07 Nov 19I 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 Story21:42 04 Nov 19Kyle, 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 Portis14:30 07 Oct 19My 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 Balocco23:44 08 Sep 19DDS 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 Mattox23:30 30 Aug 19They let me teach stick, in a brand new Mazda. What more could I need??MDJ Beauty17:54 22 Aug 19The 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 McKitten18:01 19 Aug 19Instructor 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 Oster18:21 09 Jul 19I 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 C19:32 05 Jun 19We 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 C20:25 06 Apr 19I 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 Lane03:16 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 Mulkey00:49 17 May 18Renton Defensive is great we get workbooks to take home and Elizabeth is great!Andrew Wright14:11 02 Mar 18Jimmy (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 Andrade18:29 15 Feb 18Referred by previous students. Close and convenient. Informative reminders. Michelle is amazing!!! Pleasant experience.Ronnie Netz23:25 12 Sep 17The 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.
Live web-based classes via Zoom:
WT36: 2/2/21-3/10/21, TWTh 4-6pm.
WT37: 2/17/21-3/25/21, TWTh 6:30-8:30pm.
WT38: 3/2/21-4/7/21, TWTh 4-6pm.
WT39: 3/16/21-4/21/21, TWTh 6:30-8:30pm.
WT40: 3/29/21-4/26/21, MTWTh 4-6pm.
WT41: 4/13/21-5/19/21, TWTh 6:30-8:30pm.
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