About Us

Local Driving School represents the premier driving instruction in Northern California. We’ve taught students from the age of15 ½ to over 80 years old, and our team is ready to go for you. Every instructor is DMV licensed, patient, and of course professional.

Why We’re Different

We differ from other schools in that we specialize in both driver’s education and advanced behind-the-wheel driver’s training. When students train with us, they learn not only the essentials of safe driving, but also advanced defensive driving techniques such as hazard detection, risk perception, precise vehicle control, space management, and driver attitude. Not only that, but on our students last lesson, we examine them based on the actual DMV test requirements. Thus, our practice test gives you the best preparation possible for the DMV exam.

We also have the best value! In comparison to our competitors, nearly all our packages are either the same or a lower price. In wanting you to have the best, we provide the highest service at the most affordable cost. For example, we offer free pick-up and drop-off services, as well as flexible scheduling.

What Others Have Said

We’ve been serving Northern California for over 15 years, and invite you to consider what our students say about us:

It was a great experience at local driving school ,the instructors helped me a lot with there advices ,guidance and they build the confidence in me . I recommended for everyone who need some practice and willing to pass the test . So don’t hesitate and sign up with local school driving you will notice the difference from the first lesson.
Thanks Mani, Edwardo and Steve. A Yelp user 2016

“I was very nervous for my first behind the wheel lesson, I had never been behind the wheel of a car before. My instructor made me feel very comfortable and by the end of the lesson I was confident that I could drive with my parents and not be scared. I would recommend Local Driving School to anyone that needs behind the wheel training.” –Jimmy Mann, July 2012.

“I would recommend local driving school. Helps you alot, and affordable! They were able to get me in on a tight schedule so that I could get my license earlier than I planned! Thanks Local Driving School” –Kirsti Gianelli, June 2012.

I hadn’t driven in years, and I needed to start driving again for school in the Fall, so I decided to find a local company to help me brush up on my driving skills. I purchased the 10-hour package, encompassing two 2-hour sessions and two 3-hour sessions. I like the fact that you can handle scheduling and payment either online or over-the-phone!

For all of my sessions, I had Carisa as my instructor. She was extremely knowledgeable about all the driving rules/laws, had useful visual tricks (like when to know you’ve crossed a limit line, the ideal distance to stop behind another car, a step-by-step guide of how to parallel park, etc…), and gave specific feedback on my strengths and weaknesses. I gained exposure to all different kinds of driving environments (city, suburb, highway, back-country, hills, etc..), and she gave helpful advice on how to navigate the specific challenges of each! I feel much more comfortable driving by myself now, thanks to her help! Yelp user Ballal (2016)

My only criticism is this: I had paid an extra few dollars in advance to cover the toll for driving into San Francisco via the Bay Bridge, but they did not inform my instructor of that, so I had to pay an additional $6 out of pocket during one of my sessions.

“I am so glad that I chose Local Driving School to train me to get my driver’s license. They were extremely friendly, professional, and I just loved the way all the instructors taught- with patience. I had an extremely good time with them and learned too many things to even say. I would recommend this company in a heartbeat and would just like to point out that not only were they affordable, but they taught me the necessary skills to get on the road and be a good and a safe driver. Thank you soooo much Local Driving School!” –A Google User, 2009.

Awards & Recognition

The Driving School Association of California and the Driving School Association of America support Local Driving School because it “reflects the values, ideas and character of the Driving School Association of California and its commitment to providing quality instruction to its students.” The Local Driving School has been a member of the DSAC and DSAA since 2008. –Driving School Association of California, 2012. www.dsac.com ; www.thedsaa.org

The Appeal-Democrat ran a profile of Manish Sondhi, the owner of the Local Driving School, for his support of the Donate-a-Life campaign which focuses on organ, eye, and tissue donations. –Appeal Democrat, July 2012. www.appeal-democrat.com

Many local high schools endorse Local Driving School for its excellence and service.

Bay Area

  • Alameda
  • Benicia
  • Berkeley
  • Canyon
  • Clayton
  • Concord
  • Crockett
  • El Cerrito
  • El Sobrante
  • Emeryville
  • Hercules
  • Martinez
  • Moraga
  • Oakland
  • Orinda
  • Pacheco
  • Piedmont
  • Pinole
  • Pittsburg
  • Pleasant Hill
  • Richmond
  • San Pablo
  • Vallejo
  • Walnut Creek

Yuba Sutter

  • Yuba City
  • Marysville
  • Sutter
  • Live Oak
  • Gridley
  • Oliverhurst
  • Linda
  • Weatland
  • Plumas Lake

Roseville Area

  • Antelope
  • Carmichael
  • Cirtus Heights
  • Elk Grove
  • Granite Bay
  • Lincoln
  • Natomas
  • Rocklin
  • Roseville
  • Sacramento
  • Whitney

Contact Us

Please contact us either by phone or by email to begin your training with us today!
Phone: 1-877-Drive 16 (1-877-374-8316 )
Email: info@localdriverseducation.com