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Bill's Defensive Driving School
Serving Teens & Parents, Adults & Seniors

Call To Set Up Your First Appointment

Toll-free: 877-689-1480 • SF: 415-689-7798

Marin: 415-689-7817 • San Mateo: 650-513-2623

East Bay: 510-296-5392 • Tri-Valley: 925-380-1648

Solano County: 707-743-4323

Office Hours  Sunday - Saturday 9:00am - 6:00pm

Our instructors are available 7 days per week! 

California Online Driver Education $49.95 DMV Approved #4560 Certificate included  

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The Bill’s Driving School Difference

1. Our #1 Goal is Safety.

2. Our Parent/Teen Program encourages parents to ride along, so the proper teaching methods are consistently used throughout the new driver's education. (Click here to learn more about our Parent/Teen Program and scroll down to see the steps involved in getting your driver's license.)

Safety Vehicle with Dual Gas Pedals3. For additional safety, our new, full-sized cars are equipped with both a brake and a gas pedal on the passenger sides, so our instructors are actually able drive the car.

Our unique approach to teaching focuses on common mistakes new drivers make, using Bill's practical, time-proven methods to correct them. Visit our Parent/Teen Page for additional details.

  • DMV Operating License #: O4362A
  • Driving School #: 4362
  • Instructor's DMV License #'s
  • I4362001, I4362002, I4362003

"My Mom was confident enough to ace her driving test at the DMV."
"I just felt that I had to take time to thank the staff at Bill's Driving School that helped my senior Mother pass her second driving test with flying colors after failing the first driving test. After the second lesson with your driving instructor, Paul, my Mom was confident enough to ace her driving test at the DMV. I have to tell you how great an instructor Paul is! We love him and couldn't have done it without his expert help. Thank you one and all at Bill's Driving School for your help. You are the greatest!"
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— Jack Sumski, San Francisco, CA 2013

"We love their approach..."
"My second child just completed his behind the wheel training with Bill and we had a session with Paul as well. We love their approach, and enjoyed working with both. They cover all aspects and I like that parents are encouraged to ride along so that we can reinforce what was taught rather than teaching old information like position of hands on the steering wheel due to introduction of airbags into cars. Things change and it is important to stay up to date."
Bill's Defensive Driving School
— Jackie, San Francisco, CA 2013

"Money well spent!"
"After having a very discouraging course of lessons from a competing school, we are so pleased to have enrolled our son in Bills Defensive Driving School. Bill is awesome! We are so pleased..." Read more here

Bill's Defensive Driving School — Mrs. Fong, Moraga, CA 2011

"I wanted everyone there at Bill's Driving School to know what a great experience we had when we got Larry Peterson to instruct our 16 year old daughter, Kendra, who had never driven before..." Read more here

Bill's Defensive Driving School — Mr. Verga, Bay Area, CA 2011

"Bill is tremendous!"
"Bill is tremendous! His has helped my daughter a great deal, as well as myself. After driving for over 30 years, you pick up bad habits and riding along with them has helped me correct some of my own..." Read more

Bill's Defensive Driving School — James McLachlan, Tiburon, CA 2011

"We are extremely pleased"
"We are extremely pleased with the lessons we received for our teenaged son. Bill was patient and knowledgeable, and the lessons were fun. He also understands that a driver needs to experience rush..." Read more

Bill's Defensive Driving School — S. Hartwell, San Francisco, CA 2011

Call Us Today to Enroll!

Bill's Defensive Driving School

510-296-5392 East Bay/Berkeley/Oakland
415-689-7817 Marin
415-689-7798 San Francisco
925-380-1648 TriValley/Central Contra Costa
650-513-2623 San Mateo

TOLL FREE 877-689-1480


Fax: 877-513-2623

Enroll In Driving  Lessons

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Bill's Defensive Driving School Professional Cars


Our service areas now include Peninsula and Tri-Valley Area communities.

Tri-Valley/Contra Costa

Dublin Pleasanton
San Ramon



Redwood City
Palo Alto
Daly City
San Bruno
San Mateo
Foster City
Mountain View
Los Altos
Santa Clara
San Jose
Menlo Park

We Continue to Serve:
San Francisco • Marin County
Oakland • Piedmont
Berkeley • Albany
El Cerrito • Pinole
Hercules • Emeryville
Richmond • Martinez
San Pablo • Rodeo
Crockett • Concord
Walnut Creek • Alamo
Orinda• Lafayette
Morgan Hill • Pleasant Hill


How to Prepare for Your Written Permit Test

We recommend Drivers Ed Direct, an online Drivers Education course that prepares students to take their written permit test.

If you already have your permit, call us as soon as possible to schedule your driving lessons!

Obtain a Completion Certificate in Drivers Education from an educational institute or online course. We recommend Drivers Ed Direct.

Take the Drivers Ed Completion Certificate to the DMV, along with identification in order to take the written Permit Test. You must be at least 15 ½. (Check the DMV website for identification requirements.)

Enroll in a behind-the-wheel driving course with Bill's Defensive Driving School, a professional licensed driving school.

Take your first behind-the-wheel lesson with one of our professional, licensed instructors who will validate your permit so you can begin practicing with your parents.

After acquiring your permit, you must complete a minimum of 6 hours of behind-the-wheel driving lessons with our licensed instructor. Each lesson should be two to four weeks apart. This varies by individual student.

It is essential for parents to participate in and observe the behind-the-wheel drivers training. We STRONGLY RECOMMEND that at least one parent ride along on the first and third lessons with the student and the instructor. A minimum of fifty additional hours of driving must be completed with a licensed family member or friend over the age of 25. At least 10 hours must be at night.

After holding your permit a minimum of 6 months, if you have not committed any traffic violations nor been in a collision, you may apply for a Provisional License and take the driving test. Your permit allows you up to a year to take the driving test.

Go to for more information about the Provisional License and the varying requirements for applying for a license over the age of 17 ½.

2644 Appian Way, #103
Pinole, CA 94564

Virtual Offices:
700 Larkspur Landing Circle #199
Larkspur, CA 94939

101 California St., Suite 2450
San Francisco, CA 94111

1990 North California Blvd., Suite 830
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Driving Instructors:
3353 Hillside Terrace
Lafayette, CA 94549

435 Marina Vista Ave.
Martinez, CA 94553

2694 24th Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94116