Behind-the-Wheel is a course with 14 mandatory 50-minute periods of in-car instruction. The class is divided into 7 days, and each day is 50 minutes of driving and 50 minutes of observing another student. The observation periods are required and cannot be waived.
The price for the Teen Behind-the-Wheel course is $270. The deposit fee is $135.
To enroll in the course, you must have:
To take the road test and receive a driver's license, you must:
If you do not meet these requirements when you finish the course, the school will hold your driver's license until you do. You and a parent will be able to schedule pick up of the driver's license once all requirements are met.
The school and instructors work together to plan sessions for behind-the-wheel. Students will choose the session with the dates and times that work best for them. If the student misses a class period, there will be a delay in completion. The delay could be days or weeks. Students should make plans to attend every class period for the session chosen. Students are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.
We provide pickup and drop-off for local students in specific areas of Newport News, Hampton, Yorktown, and Poquoson. If you are outside of those areas, you will need to plan a drop-off at the driving school for your driving periods.
Yes. The road test is administered by the instructor during the final (7th) behind-the-wheel class period. The road test given by Top Notch Driving School is the same as the road test given by the DMV, it is not easier. You will not be passed automatically because you paid money for the program. The same testing rules apply to you when taking the road test with the school as they would if being administered by the DMV. The first test attempt is part of the course, all other attempts have a $35 fee each.
If you are an approved home schooler, 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 the Department of Motor Vehicles Driver Education Information for Home Schoolers.
No, a transcript will not be accepted. You must contact the school you attended for driver education and ask for a new certificate. The DMV requires student files to be kept for a minimum of 3 years. However, some schools with digital records keep student files for much longer.
If you have never taken the driver's education course, then you can take the course at any DMV-licensed driver training school. The course is available in two (2) formats, in-classroom or online. We offer an online driver's education course for both juveniles and adults. For more information click the link.
No. Parents are not permitted to sit in for the behind-the-wheel course since the DMV prohibits parents from being in the car during behind-the-wheel classes. Also, logistically it would not be possible since there are multiple students in-vehicle for these classes.
Enrollment can be completed in person at the driving school. You must schedule an appointment by calling us at 757-926-5956. When you enroll in person, you must have your learner's permit with you.
Online enrollment provides you the opportunity to complete all of the enrollments steps without leaving your house. The steps are:
For all email correspondence, please check your inbox and spam folders. If you do not see any emails from the school, then call us at 757-926-5956.