If you’re looking to get hired as a driving instructor, or are looking for a safe driving school for your child in California, you’ll need to make sure that a driving school is in good standing with the state DMV. While there is no list for all schools in the state, here are some things you should take into consideration before your student learns to drive in California, which come from the DMV website.
- Check the driving school’s license status on the Occupational License Status Information System database on the DMV website.
- Check the driving school instructor’s license status by calling DMV at (916) 229-3127.
- Contact your local Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org. Driving schools are not required to be a member however, the Better Business Bureau website is a good source of information for customer complaints.
- Compare tuition costs between driving schools and ask if there are any additional fees or charges.
- Retain copies of all receipts, contracts, and other school documents.
- Behind-the-wheel training usually occurs after hours. Ask the driving school for a telephone number that can be used in case of an emergency.
- If your teenager’s instructor is not satisfactory, request that another instructor be assigned to train your child.
- Ask about the school’s policy for canceling or rescheduling a behind-the-wheel training session.