Best Driving Schools in San Diego

Why These Driving Schools?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored San Diego Driving Schools on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 2. Qualifications

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 4. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Read more about our selection process

A-Ace Driving School

A-Ace Driving School in El Cajon focuses on creating courteous, responsible, accident-free drivers, and has over 15 years of experience in doing so. Students may take their driver’s test online via a partner site, and then they can schedule their behind-the-wheel training with A-Ace Driving School. The business also offers “Comedy School,” a traffic violator school that keeps students laughing as they learn. The “Comedy School” is available in multiple formats and notifies the DMV that the student took the course electronically and immediately upon completion.

El Cajon, CA 92021


American Driving School

American Driving School opened in El Cajon in 1982 and offers driver’s education courses and behind-the-wheel training to teenages, adults, senior citizens, and those with disabilities. For drivers who may have gotten a traffic ticket, the school offers online driving courses the driver can take to “remove” the ticket from his or her driving record. American Driving School also has fleet training courses available for corporate and commercial drivers.

El Cajon, CA 92019


Express Driving School

Express Driving School in San Diego has over 14 years of experience in teaching students safe, responsible, and respectful driving practices. The instructors at Express Driving School have all been screened and are licensed by the State of California. All driving lessons consist of just one student and one instructor. The business offers an online version of the driver’s education course and different package prices based on how many hours a student still needs behind the wheel to qualify for a permit and if they still need to take the DMV test.

San Diego, CA 92139


Golden State Driving School

Golden State Driving School in San Diego offers bilingual driver’s education courses both in the classroom and online. The school offers behind-the-wheel instruction for adults and teenagers. All driver’s education classes are held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and weekdays during the summer. Golden State Driving School offers pickup services and the use of its vehicle for students going to the DMV to take their driving test. An instructor from the school picks up the student an hour before his or her test to allow for transportation time and a bit of practice before the test.

San Diego, CA 92117


Poway Mira-Mesa and Palomar Driving Schools

Poway-Mira Mesa and Palomar Driving Schools have locations in Poway and Escondido, respectively. The school offers classroom-based driver’s education courses for $65 and behind-the-wheel training with one of the business’s state-licensed driving instructors. The Poway-Mira Mesa and Palomar Driving Schools are family-owned and operated and have over 30 years of experience teaching driver’s education. The school’s website has a page that displays answers for a list of frequently asked questions from both a student’s and a guardian’s perspective.

Poway, CA 92064


West Coast Driving School

West Coast Driving School in Carlsbad offers online courses and behind-the-wheel lessons that will teach students defensive driving skills to ensure they are properly prepared to drive in and around urban areas Students can take their DMV tests with the driving school. West Coast Driving School offers student pickup services from home or school and never has more than one student in the car with an instructor.

Carlsbad, CA 92008


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