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How To Get Your California Driver's License

    1. home_bottom1Complete Online Drivers Ed or Behind The Wheel and receive certificate of completion
    2. Enroll with Top Notch Driving School for Behind the Wheel training.
    3. Fill out the driver's license application form DL44 and have both parents/guardians sign the form
    4. Make an appointment with your local DMV office for the written permit test.
    5. Schedule your Behind the Wheel Training Course with Top Notch Driving School – CA State required 6 hours of professional, licensed drivers training course.
    6. Complete 6 hours of Driver training or more if needed
    7. Make an appointment to take the final driver's license test.
    8. Pass and you're done!
  • Top Notch driving school instructors are trained to deal with all types of drivers ranging from brand new too nervous to licensed drivers who need to refresh their driving skills. All students begin in-car training with different levels of experience. Therefore, our driving instructors will evaluate your abilities and learning speed and provide you with an estimate of how much time it may take for you to become a safe driver.

    We break our lessons down into two phases:

    Phase 1 Getting Control of the Car
    Each student is evaluated in and taught basic skills such as: Speed Control, Lane Control, Turns, Lane Changes, Steering Control, Judgment of Distance, Braking, reversing, Following Distance, Mirror Settings,Seating Posture, and much more!P

    Phase 2 Defensive Driving
    It is our goal to produce safe drivers, so we teach the Smith System of Defensive Driving. It has been said that the "Smith System" is the ultimate defensive driving system. The "Smith System" is comprised of five important key points that help us gather information, process that information, and make informed driving decisions.

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  • Get you Learner Permit in California
    California has a graduated drivers licensing program for teens looking to get behind the wheel. If you are older than 15 ½ but younger than 17 ½, you can obtain a permit by:

    First: Sign up to Top Notch Online Drivers ED - Here with our award winning online study material we help you study for you written exam

    Second: Gather all Documents and Fees

    You will need following together for test day:
    a. Completed form DL 44 (originals only; complete with parent signatures); Call the DMV to receive this application by mail
    b. Proof of your true full name
    c. Social security number
    d. An acceptable document proving birthday and legal presence
    e. Proof of drivers Ed completion (We will mail you your certificate once you have completed your online course)
    f. Application fee

    Third: Take the written exam at your local DVM
    Note: Be Prepared for an Eye Exam

  • Get Your License in California
    Important: If you are younger than 18 you must first take a Driver's Ed course, get a permit and complete a driver's training program for in-car instruction before applying for a California provisional driver license.:

    First: Choose the License Type
    Whether you are a teenager ready to get behind the wheel or you just moved to the state, you must obtain a driver's license to legally operate a motor vehicle on California roads. The state offers the following types of licenses, valid for four years:

    • Class C (regular driver's license for all passenger cars, pickups, SUVs, and recreational vehicles (RVs) 40 feet long or less)
    • Class M1/M2 (motorcycle)
    • Noncommercial Class A or B (see below for vehicle details)
    • Commercial (CDL)

    Second: Take a Driver's Education Course
    Younger than 18Driver's Ed is a requirement.
    18 and Older ― If you are obtaining a Class C license for the first time, you should consider completing a driver's education class.

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Supplemental Lessons

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Top Notch Driving School offers one-on-one, customized behind-the-wheel training sessions that address specific skill development for individual students. These training sessions are called "Supplemental" and are outside the formal state driver education program. Our instructors can tailor their training to assist students who have recently had a traffic infraction, need additional drive time or need a tune up.

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