Drivers Training Classes Grass Valley, California

At Hotlen Driving School, we've educated more than 60,000 students in the region of Grass Valley since 1989. As opposed to other driving schools in Grass Valley, we're also the only school in Placer County that supplies brake and gas pedal on the passenger side.

Aside from teaching the proper methods of driving, our Grass Valley students understand the rules of the road and learn defensive strategies. Our driving school has a unique manner in which helps each student to understand the different driving conditions they may face on the highway.

Our technique includes 3 to 4 driving lessons that are organized, well designed and extremely thorough. See "teen driving" for explanation of lessons.

For the past 20 years, we have operated our driving school on High Street. We are just on block away from Placer High School. We provide ample parking in the back of the building for allparents.

Our friendly office staff has also been a big component in helping us build our driving school since we've opened up. Just in case you want a female or male instructor, we can easily do this too.

Sofia Hotlen, founder of Hotlen Driving School has long been dedicated to teaching. Ms. Hotlen holds a BA from SJSU and a MS in Human Resources Compensation Management from Sacramento State University.

Another important point is that we truly care for our Grass Valley students and are enthusiastic about teaching every student that walks into our driving school. Almost all of our students (60,000.00 +) have passed the written and driving test at the DMV.

We instruct Grass Valley each student on an personal basis. Following each lesson, we speak with parents what their youngster needs to practice so that they can have the confidence to continue with the class.

We also have a "pay as you go" package to accommodate parents that can't manage to put down a one one time payment. Classes are spread out in a six month period each month until they are prepared to take the driving test.

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Drivers Training Classes Overview

• Local Grass Valley Driving Instructors
• Over 26 years of experience
• Driver Education
• Refresher classes for teenagers, adults and seniors
• Licensed by DMV - License No. 3889
• Days / Evenings / Weekends
• Online Courses
• Testing at DMV with our School Car.

About Drivers Training Classes

Driver education is a four (4:Four) day class which is offered on both weekends and weekdays from 9:00am to 4pm. This class is 28 hours and meets DMV requirements. Our classroom instruction lecture, text book study, video, and written tests. Our course of study was established to create a educated and defensive oriented driver. When completed of this training course, the student will be ready to take the DMV written test for a drivers permit.

Grass Valley Drivers Training Classes Training

Driver training program is a "behind the wheel" instruction for persons with a permit to drive, irrespective of age. Our course of instruction is a very complete and thorough set of driving tasks that make the learning process both enjoyable and challenging. First time Grass Valley students under 18 years of age need three two-hour sessions over a minimum of six months.

(4) 1 1/2 hour sessions are suggested but are not required

1st - Hand over hand, moving forward, stopping, straight back-up, right and left turns, right of way, turnabouts and U-turns, light traffic;

2nd & 3rd - parallel parking, lane change, defensive driving, adverse conditions, heavy traffic, freeway driving, practice test similar to DMV test

Brand new students will require one lesson with a certified instructor before they are allowed to use their permit. Our Grass Valley instructor will sign off on their permit after the first behind the wheel session, allowing them to begin practice at home with a licensed driver 25 years of age and older.


• You need a Certificate of completion from Driver Education (pink or blue)
• Original birth certificate or copy of your passport
• Social Security number
• You must be 15 l/2 or older
• $33.00 DMV test fee. No credit cards.
• Pass the DMV test within 3 attempts.

Exactly what does The Drivers Ed Online Course Involve?

It's a program that could be taken at the ease of your home within Grass Valley. The course is 10 lessons long. Right after each lesson you must take a test and pass up to 80%. The program is also 30 hours in total. After the completing all the chapters, you receive a certificate of completion. This certificate takes at least 3 days to be mailed to you in Grass Valley. Or, you can pick it up at the office as soon as you finish the program.


Yes, we offer the classroom education in the class during week days and weekends in the summer. Please call us for classroom dates.


After finishing the drivers training-behind-the-wheel, you can either phone the 800 number or a scheduled appointment on the dmv web site. Sessions are usually taken two weeks ahead of time, so make an appointment early on.