Licensed Training

DMV licensed driving school (#E2117) with a team of fully trained and licensed driving instructors.

Safe Vehicles

California BAR-certified inspection of all our training vehicles. All training vehicles are fully licensed and insured.

Flexible Schedule

Driving instructors are available after school, on weekends, and on holidays.

Premier Program

Our program takes students through the entire licensing process, from Drivers Ed to the DMV drive test.

A Driving School You Can Rely On

We work to teach defensive driving and the lifelong habits that will keep our students safe during their teens and throughout the years beyond.

  • Behind the wheel instruction program and instructor training program created by retired CHP Officer Richard Richards.
  • Drivers education classroom curriculum developed and taught by retired CHP Captain William Perlstein.
  • Driving instructors have a combined 80+ years of law enforcement experience and have taught thousands of students throughout Monterey County.

Drivers Education

Drivers Training

4,000+
Graduates
6
Instructors
19
Years in Business

Pricing Plans

Most students sign up for Drivers Education and
the DMV required 6 hours of Drivers Training.

Drivers Education

Classroom Instruction
$300
  • 100% DMV Pass Rate
  • DMV Approved
  • Don't Waste Time Online
  • Includes CHP Start Smart
Most Popular

Teen Drivers Training

Ages 15½ to 19
$80 / hour
  • Behind the Wheel
  • DMV Requires 6 Hours
  • Pay As You Go
  • Individual Instruction

Adult Drivers

20 or Older & Seniors
$100 / hour
  • First Time Drivers
  • Adult Drive Test Practice
  • Foreign Adult Drivers Training
  • Senior Skills Evaluation

Stick Shift

Manual Vehicle Training
$150
  • Behind the Wheel
  • Sporty VW GTI
  • 1.5 Hour Lesson
  • Basic Skills Training

Ratings and Reviews

Recommended by a friend for our 16 year old daughter. We were completely satisfied with both the classroom instruction and the on the road instruction. EXCELLENT company and staff. Well worth the money spent. Classes were local and drive instructor took her on the roads she uses every day. She not only learned the rules of the road but obtained confidence driving. Great way for both novice drivers and kids with some experience. Our daughter came home talking excited about the information she received during class!
Ginny California
Ginny C.
15:55 21 May 18
They're the best driving school in Monterey County.
Stephanie Perlstein
Stephanie P.
06:52 28 Jun 19
I enrolled my son in the program on the recommendation of two other families whose opinions I value and trust. It turns out that they really didn't even do the program justice. I was impressed with not only the depth and breadth of what my son learned, but I was thrilled with how much the teacher (and owner) seems invested in these kids' success. And I have to admit that I was relieved to hear that if he didn't think they belonged on the road, he would just be candid about that with the parents. Learning to drive is a completely different process than when I learned to drive; there are so many more rules and regulations. I feel more than confident that the drivers coming out of Drive Carmel are prepared to be on the road - safely!
Camilla Mann
Camilla M.
03:13 12 Jun 18
Drive Carmel is awesome. I were very impressed with the team. We were fortunate enough to have Bill as our daughter's driving instructor and he was great. He was very thorough and always returned my emails and phone calls in a timely fashion.The process was super simple and very convenient! He would either meet her after school for her lesson or we met him at a central location. Bill was very professional, patient and an awesome teacher. He is full of valuable information and experience and a nice gentleman that my daughter felt VERY comfortable to talk with and ask questions! He never made her daughter feel nervous and kept encouraging her with good words of advice and gave her a lot of confidence. Our other daughter went through the same program, but had a different instructor who was awesome too. I can't say enough good words about the company. The school is very professional and they really care about their students and want to ensure they provide the best guidance for their driving safely.As a parent who has been through this program twice, I TOTALLY RECOMMEND them!! A++ in my book. Thank you for making my daughters safe, defenvise drivers.
Cori Tuck
Cori T.
20:05 18 May 18
Truly a 5-star experience from Drive Carmel. Great classroom instruction from Bill, who really cares about his students and makes sure every single one...
Stephen P.
Stephen P.
09:54 01 Jan 19
Chris was a fantastic instructor who was very patient and professional. My husband couldn’t believe the improvement in my driving and I was able to get my license within a couple of months. Choosing Drive Carmel really made a difference and I am extremely happy I made the choice to call them. I would recommend this company to anyone—friends, family, and business colleagues.
Penpak Ferrara
Penpak F.
01:12 03 Aug 19
I just finished my first lesson with Officer Richards and it was amazing. He really took the time to keep me relaxed and comfortable while driving. It felt really good to learn from someone who isn't a friend or family member because it gives you a better insight into what to expect going into driving when you don't have to depend on people you are already familiar with. 10/10 would recommend Officer Richards.
selene saliba
selene S.
19:51 07 Sep 18
If your looking for an amazing driving school, and Driver's ed teachers please contact Drive Carmel. After spending some time without driving I felt I...
kristina m.
kristina M.
23:31 11 Jun 19
My adult son needed to brush up on his stick shift skills for a new valet job he starts on Monday. He finds "Drive Carmel" on the web. It offers a 1.5 hour...
K W.
K W.
10:37 20 Jan 19

Accelerated Drivers Education

Finish class and get your permit in only 4 days.