Adult Training

Students age 17 1/2 or older are considered adults and are not required to take Driver Education or Driving Lessons. This does not mean that they will automatically receive a license.  

Passing a written and driving test is required for all ages. We offer a range of services to help adult students earn a California Driver License.

Important: If you or your student are under 17 1/2 years old:

 


Visit a Department of Motor Vehicles office. During the visit the student must:

  • Bring these items to the DMV for your Learner’s Permit:
  • An birth/legal presence document.
    (Birth Certificate, Passport, etc. No copies.)
  • A completed Driver License Application (DL44).
    (Fill out before you go to make your visit shorter.)
  • $33.00 application fee.
    (Credit cards not accepted)
  • And be ready to:
  • Take a written test.
  • Take a photo and digital thumb print.
    (Remember to brush your hair and practice your smile.)
  • Take a basic eye exam.
    (Vision must be minimum 20/40. Bring your glasses or contacts.)


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Takes place in our cars, on real streets. We are focused on building good driving habits and confidence with simple teaching techniques and positive reinforcement. Vehicle control, applying driving laws and rules to the real world, and defensive driving techniques are part of every private lesson.


What Makes Drive Happy Behind-the-Wheel The Best?

  • 90 minute lessons: Ideal time length for beginner drivers
  • Private and personal lessons with Amber or Josh: One student in the car at a time. Same instructor for every lesson.
  • Open scheduling with free pick-up & drop-off: Available 7 days a week 7am – 7pm, we pick-up and drop-off anywhere within our service area.
  • Building block curriculum:  Simple techniques teach safe driving without fear and stress. Every lesson builds on the skills from the previous.
  • Safe training car: Toyota Corolla LE equipped with dual controls, advanced safety features, marked as a student driver car, and fully insured.
  • No nonsense: Students drive on real streets and learn real driving skills for the entire lesson.

What Happens When I've Finished Step 2: Behind-the-Wheel?

  • After you’ve completed Behind-the-Wheel with your driving instructor
  • You will prepare for Step 3: DMV Drive Test by:
  • Being at least 18 years old.
  • Continuing to practice with a licensed adult 18+ until you are confident in your driving abilities
  • Choose Optional Step 3: Dmv Drive Test And we’ll handle everything below!
  • After you’ve met the above requirements, you may:
  • Schedule a Drive Test at the DMV.
    (By phone at 1-800-777-0133, or online at www.dmv.ca.gov)
  • Check your vehicle to ensure all lights and controls function
    (Wind shield, driver window, all lights, tires, brakes and horn must work.)
  • Have insurance and registration for the vehicle you’re testing in.
    (DMV must verify both.)
  • Arrive at your appointed date and time.
    (Go directly to the Drive Test Window. Bring your Confirmation #)
  • Be ready to show your driving skills to the DMV Examiner!



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In the car you learned in. Includes 1 hour warm-up to review all skills and calm your nerves. We take care of the scheduling and paperwork. The perfect way to ensure your best performance for your Big Day!


Why Take The Drive Test With Drive Happy?

  • No hassle: We schedule the test for you and provide free pick-up and drop-off the day off the test.
  • Paperwork check & warm-up: We make sure the student has all the necessary papers and spend 1 hour reviewing all the skills needed to pass.
  • Test in the car you learned in: We carry all the needed insurance and our car passes the Safety Inspection.

What Happens When I've Finished Step 3: DMV Drive Test?

  • DMV issues a Temporary California Driver License.
    (The permanent card arrives in the mail in 2 – 4 weeks)
  • You should continue to practice and improve your skills over time
  • Consider taking a Refresher Course from Drive Happy!




6 Hours Behind-the-Wheel - $320

  • 4 Behind-the-Wheel Lessons
    (90mins each = 6 hours total)

Requires extensive practice between lessons.


Not sure which package to choose?
Read Our Guide!

This package saves you $20!

$320







12 Hours Behind-the-Wheel - $600

  • 8 Behind-the-Wheel Lessons
    (90mins each = 12 hours total)

Requires practice between lessons.


Not sure which package to choose?
Read Our Guide!

This package saves you $80!

$600







24 Hours Behind-the-Wheel - $1,250

  • 16 Behind-the-Wheel Lessons
    (90mins each = 24 hours total)

Requires some practice between lessons.


Not sure which package to choose?
Read Our Guide!

This package saves you $160!

$1,250







56 Hours Behind-the-Wheel & DMV Drive Test - $2,686

  • 32 Behind-the-Wheel Lessons
    (90mins each = 48 hours total)
  • 2 Road Trip Lessons
    4hrs each = 8 hours total)
  • DMV Drive Test Included

Requires NO practice between lessons.


Not sure which package to choose?
Read Our Guide!

This package saves you $500!

$2,686









Step 2: Enroll For Your First Behind-the-Wheel Lesson (90 Mins) - $85

  • 1 Behind-the-Wheel Lesson
    (90 minutes)


Package Discount available.

$85






Step 3: Enroll For Your DMV Drive Test (Optional) - $250

  • DMV Drive Test


Package Discount available.

$250






Must complete Step 2 Before DMV Drive Test



Is It Safe To Pay On Line?
Yes, your payment is securely processed via Paypal. Paying On Line is the safest option.

Do I Need To Have A Paypal Account?
No, you do not. You can pay with any major credit or debit card without creating a Paypal account.

Can I Sign Up On The Phone Or In Person?
Yes, visit our contact page for details.

What Do I Need To Bring To My Behind-the-Wheel Lessons?

  • Your Instruction Permit.
  • Corrective lenses if necessary.
    (Glasses or contacts.)
  • Sunglasses.
    (If your lesson is scheduled during daylight.)
  • A comfortable pair of shoes.
    (Heels, platforms, and sandals are not advised.)


Guide To Choosing The Right Behind-the-Wheel Training Package For Adults


These Are Our General Guidelines:

  • If you are commited to practicing with your new driver every day?
    Our 6 Hour Behind-the-Wheel Package is sufficient.
  • If you are commited to practicing with your new driver 3 – 4 times a week?
    Our 12 Hour Behind-the-Wheel Package is recommended.
  • If you can only practice with your new driver 1 – 2 times a week?
    Our 24 Hour Behind-the-Wheel Package is recommended.
  • If you can only practice with your new driver occasionally, or not at all?
    Our 56 Hour Behind-the-Wheel Package is strongly recommended.

We do recommend that our students take more than 6 hours for a simple reason: More training makes them safer drivers.

Which Student Is The Safer Driver:

  • The student who has merged onto the freeway 10 times?
  • Or, the student who has merged onto the freeway 50 times?

Repetition and practice is essential to building consistent and safe driving habits. Driving is a habit.

Which Student Is The Safer Driver:

  • The student who has parked twice on the left, and twice on the right?
  • Or, the student who has parked 8 times on the left, 8 times on the right, 8 times diagonally, and 4 times parallel?

Depth of knowledge and experience is essential to building consistent and safe driving habits. Driving is a habit.

Consider the above information when choosing the right Behind-the-Wheel Package for your new driver. The benefits of repetition, practice, depth of knowledge, and experience are invaluable to your new driver. Any part of these essential benefits that they do not gain from their Behind-the-Wheel lessons must be provided by you.