F.A.Q.

Getting a Learnerís Permit

Q: What does my student need to get a learnerís permit?
A:
Your student must have a Certificate of Completion of Driver Education (pink slip). A Certificate of Enrollment in Behind the Wheel Driver Training is no longer required for a student to obtain a learner's permit. For further information, please click on the DMV link on our links page.

Licenses and Bonds

Q: What is your schoolís license number?
A:
Our license number, issued by the State of Californiaís Department of Motor Vehicles and Occupational Licensing, is 3899.

Q: Are you insured and bonded?
A:
Yes, Freedom Driving School is fully insured and bonded.

Insuring Your Student Driver

Q: Do I need to add my student to our familyís car insurance policy while they are practicing with a provisional learnerís permit?
A:
Requirements for insuring student drivers vary widely throughout the insurance industry. We advise you to contact your insurance agent for requirements specific to your policy and coverage.

Behind-the-Wheel Driver Training

Q: How many times will my student drive with your instructors?
A:
We divide the state required six hours of professional driving instruction into three, two hour lessons.

Q: How often will my student have lessons?
A:
We will schedule your studentís first lesson as soon as possible after they obtain a learnerís permit. The second and third lessons will be spread out over the course of six months, to allow adequate time for your student to practice skills with you. Students under the age of 18 years must hold their learnerís permit for six months and one day before taking the driving test for their license.

Q: What kind of vehicle will my student be driving during lessons?
A:
All of our vehicles are 2015 (or newer) Toyota Corollas. Each is outfitted with dual controls (a separate brake and mirror for the instructor). Vehicles are inspected annually to ensure that they meet DMV regulations for mechanical operations and safety features.

Q: Will other students be in the car with my child?
A:
All of our instruction is one-on-one with the student driver who is receiving a lesson. At the start of your childís lesson, they may be dropping a student off at home who just completed his or her lesson. At the conclusion of your childís lesson, they may pick up the student with the next scheduled lesson at their home. That student will then drop your student off at your home. Students in the car who are not receiving a lesson are quiet observers and benefit from listening to the driver training instructor giving information and guidance to the student behind the wheel.

Provisional License

Q: My child just got a drivers license. What are the restrictions?
A:
FIRST YEAR RESTRICTIONS

  • Shall not drive between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless accompanied and supervised by a licensed driver who is the parent/guardian, a licensed driver who is 25 years of age or older, or a certified driving instructor.
  • Shall not transport passengers who are under the age of 20 unless accompanied and supervised by a licensed driver who is the parent/guardian, a licensed driver who is 25 years of age or older, or a certified driving instructor.
    *The following exceptions apply:
    • Medical necessity
    • Employment necessity
    • School-authorized activities
    • Parental consent
    • Emancipated minor

Each exception requires the appropriate documentation.