About US

Top Notch Driving Schools Inc. is a veteran-led, family operated driver training school.

Top Notch Driving Schools Inc. (TNDSI) is a driver training school that serves the Hampton Roads area. Our mission is to equip student drivers with the skills needed to be defensive and safe drivers.  We are licensed by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and we are affiliated with National Driver Training and 3A Method Driving School. We offer a wide range of services including Driver Improvement, Behind-the-Wheel Courses, Driving Lessons, Escort Vehicle Driver Training, Driver Education and Instructor Certification for the Driver's Manual Course. 


TNDSI opened on October 1, 2014 in Yorktown, Virginia. Our customer base was built from our array of courses, great customer service, and our ability to train students that needed extra help. We operated in Yorktown for three years before we relocated to Newport News, Virginia. We continue to service our community and provide a curriculum that helps to improve safety and reduce accidents. Over the years we have helped hundreds of students gain their driver's license and prepare for the fast and furious world of driving. TNDSI services Hampton, Newport News, Yorktown, and Poquoson with no restrictions. Areas that are serviced with limited coverage are Suffolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Williamsburg, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach. 


We have a driving instructor with law enforcement experience and with access to military bases. We offer home and school pick-up and drop-off for local students at no additional charge. Our school has two-regular maintained, state inspected, and automatic transmission vehicles equipped with a dual-brake and a passenger side rear view mirror. We provide online and in-person driver improvement courses as licensed and approved by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.


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Get To Know The Team

Vernon Smith

Vernon Smith founded Top Notch Driving School in 2014. He retired from the Virginia State Police as a Sergeant after 25 years of service in 2014 and from the United States Army Reserve as a Sergeant First Class after 28 years of service in 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social and Criminal Justice and an Associate of Arts in General Studies.


Vernon is certified by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles as a driver training school instructor and has the credentials to teach a variety of courses. He is an enthusiastic and passionate driving instructor. He can help you learn quickly and safely in a calm and relaxed environment.


Driver Training Instructor, Driver Improvement Instructor, Driver's Manual Course Instructor and EVDT Instructor since 2014.

Ashley Smith

Ashley Smith worked in customer service for 3 years prior to joining this school in 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Salisbury University.


Ashley is certified by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles as a driver training school instructor. She coordinates course schedules with the instructor and completes the student paperwork required for the variety of courses this school offers. 


Driver Training Instructor since 2019.