Yes. The school and all of our courses have been approved and licensed by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.
You are not required to take any class or training prior to getting a learner's permit. You must take the permit test at the DMV. The DMV permit test questions come directly from the Virginia DMV Driver's Manual that is free to pick up at any DMV or driving school.
Can I still take Driver Education? Sure, but consider two things.
Yes. You must have a learner's permit or any legal document that states you can legally be the driver of a vehicle.
No. Our vehicles are automatic transmission.
Yes. The vehicle can only be rented for appointment testing, walk-in testing is not available at this time. The student must have a signed CSMA 19 form in hand, the instructor will not provide the form. The rental includes:
No. Students transferring from another state will be required to surrender their out-of-state learner's permits, and take and pass Virginia's knowledge and sign tests. The time that the student has held the out-of-state learner's permit will be counted as practice driving toward Virginia's 9-month minimum holding period for a juvenile or 60-day minimum holding period for an adult.
Yes, but only if you are taking both classes at the same school. If you are taking driver education at high school or another driving school, then you cannot start behind-the-wheel until you have completed the course and received your certificate of completion.
Parents are welcome to sit in a classroom session if space permits. Parents are not permitted to sit in for driving lessons. The student is often nervous and anxious in the presence of a parent, and that is not a good environment for a student to learn how to drive or for the instructor to teach driving skills.
We have had previous success working with high-functioning autistic students, students with ADD, students with anxiety, and ESL students. We highly recommend you speak with a staff member so that we can work out a plan that works best for you. ESL students can bring an interpreter if needed, at no additional cost.
We do not provide driving instruction if you have a disability that requires special equipment.
Most GPS maps do not recognize our address because the street name does not appear on the map. Our address is 878 J Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601. We are in the Newport Square Shopping Center behind Burger King at the intersection of J Clyde Morris Boulevard and Diligence Drive.
Yes. However, it is only for the behind-the-wheel course. The first test attempt is part of the course, all other attempts have a $35 fee each.
Yes, the road test given by Top Notch Driving School is the same as the road test given by the DMV, it is not easier. We use the DMV Final Road Test Score Sheet to grade students taking the test. The student must meet the state requirements to pass the test.
Yes. Since behind-the-wheel is a graded course and is for drivers with on-the-road driving practice, there is a minimum experience requirement for enrollment.
No, a transcript will not be accepted. You must contact the school you attended for driver education and ask for a new certificate.
If you are an approved homeschooler, the in-car portion of driver education can be taught at home. The student must currently be enrolled in a home-schooled program approved by your school division superintendent. Please refer to:
To apply for authorization to teach the in-car portion to your child, complete a Home-Schooled In-Car Driver Education Parental Authorization Application (HS-1). Attach a letter from the school division superintendent or designee acknowledging that the child is home-schooled OR a copy of the notification to the school division superintendent or designee of your intent to home-school the child, enclose the original proof of completion of the classroom portion of the Driver Education program, and mail to:
Department of Motor Vehicles
Commercial Licensing Work Center
P. O. Box 27412
Richmond, VA 23269-0001