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 SUVs. 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 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 Ed Classroom

Drivers Training

6,000+
Graduates
8
Instructors
21
Years in Business

Pricing Plans

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

Drivers Education

Classroom
$ 280
  • 100% DMV Pass Rate
  • Five Star Program
  • DMV Approved
  • CHP Start Smart Included
Most Popular

Teen Drivers Training

Ages 15½ to 19
$ 90 / 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 Driving Assessment
Classroom

Drivers Education

Classroom
$ 280
  • In-Person Learning
  • Don't Waste Time Online
  • Accelerated (4 days)
  • Ret. CHP Instructor

Ratings and Reviews

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 F.
Penpak F.
01:12 03 Aug 19
This is a great program. My daughter had a very positive experience, and I'm confident she'll be a safer driver from the instruction she has received. I...
Hetty Y.
Hetty Y.
13:24 22 Jun 21
My daughter recently concluded a week’s Drivers Ed training at her school, who offered the students a summer Driver’s Ed course, taught by William Perlstein/ DRIVE CARMEL.I HIGHLYHIGHLYHIGHLY recommend this man’s school to the parents of a permit-eligible age child.I give Mr. Perlstein seven stars out a possible five. Here are three reasons why: Mr. Perlstein is a qualified expert: a retired, 17-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol, Bill gives his students firsthand, real-world information about the rules of driving and the consequences of not following those rules. He gave excellent instructions about managing the driving experience, and some often hilarious coaching on behavior and choices if/when one is pulled over.Second, Bill is a compelling speaker, who brought the material to life with humor and insight. After the first day and for the rest of the week,my daughter woke up an hour early, thrumming with excitement about the class and an eagerness to learn.Thirdly, Bill gave the class comprehensive support, mentoring them through the class, joining them at the DMV to lend his support and to congratulate their successes: the class had a 100% passing rate on the test.Like many parents, I find the prospect of my daughter driving a bit terrifying. I’m a lot more confident about getting in the passenger seat with her, following the above-and-beyond levels of coaching she received from Mr. Perlstein and Drive Carmel.
Raymond D.
Raymond D.
23:15 21 Jun 21
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
This is a great program. Excellent communication and instruction.
Hetty Y.
Hetty Y.
20:25 22 Jun 21
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 M.
Camilla M.
03:13 12 Jun 18
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 C.
Ginny C.
15:55 21 May 18
They're the best driving school in Monterey County.
Stephanie P.
Stephanie P.
06:52 28 Jun 19
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
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 S.
selene S.
19:51 07 Sep 18
Great program. Very pleased with the level of instruction. My son not only enjoyed it but learned everything he needed to to pass the test!
Jacqueline C.
Jacqueline C.
09:52 05 Jul 21
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 T.
Cori T.
20:05 18 May 18
My daughter recently concluded a week's Drivers Ed training at her school, who offered the students a summer Driver's Ed course, taught by William...
Raymond D.
Raymond D.
15:16 21 Jun 21
From what my son has shared about the program, the instruction was great. He stated he learned a great deal and was more then happy to correct his parents on issues he learned about. He said the instructors were all fun, engaging and provided current information on the topic being taught. We would highly recommend this driving school to others.
Paul C.
Paul C.
20:39 13 Jul 21
The BEST program on the Monterey Peninsula! From the highly organized in-person learning to the safe and efficient behind-the-wheel training, it doesn't get...
Alyssa W.
Alyssa W.
06:58 23 Jun 21
My son loved this program and learned so much from the instructor. The stories shared really made an impact! Passed the written test first time round!
Jacqueline C.
Jacqueline C.
16:49 05 Jul 21
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
My son had taken an online education class and was not passing the written exam at the DMV. I signed him up for the education class with Bill and he got so...
Julie H.
Julie H.
19:20 06 Jan 20
From what my son has shared about the program, the instruction was great. He stated he learned a great deal and was more then happy to correct his parents...
Paul C.
Paul C.
13:32 13 Jul 21

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