Driving School Rocklin, CA

Right here at Hotlen Driving School, we have trained more than 60,000 students in the region of Rocklin since 1989. As opposed to some other driving schools in Rocklin, we are the only school in Placer County that supplies brake and gas pedal on the passenger side.

Besides teaching the correct techniques of driving, our Rocklin students understand the rules of the road and learn defensive strategies. Our driving school has a unique method that helps every single student to grasp the different driving conditions they might face on the highway.

Our technique consists of 3-4 driving lessons that are structured, smartly designed and very 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 staff members continues to be a huge factor in helping us build our driving school since we have opened our business. Just in case you want a male or female instructor, we can easily do this too.

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

Another important factor is the fact that we truly look after our Rocklin students and are passionate about teaching every student that walks into our driving school. The vast majority of our students (60,000.00 +) have passed the written and driving test at the DMV.

We instruct Rocklin each student on an individual basis. Following each lesson, we discuss with parents what their son or daughter needs to practice so that they can develop the confidence to carry on with the class.

We also have a "pay as you go" program to provide parents that cannot manage to pay a one lump sum payment. Classes are spread out in a 6 month period each month until they are prepared to take the driving test.

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Driving School Overview

• Local Rocklin 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 Driving School

Driver education is a four (4:Four) day class that's 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 training program is designed to produce a educated and defensive minded driver. When completed of this training course, the student will be ready to take the DMV written test for a drivers permit.

Rocklin Driving School Training

Driver training course is a "behind the wheel" instruction for persons who have a permit to drive, irrespective of age. Our course of instruction is a very comprehensive and thorough set of driving tasks that make the learning process both exciting and challenging. First time Rocklin students under 18 years of age will require three two-hour sessions over a minimum of six months.

(4) 1 1/2 hour sessions are optional

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

New students will require one lesson with a certified instructor prior to being allowed to use their permit. Our Rocklin 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.

What Does The Drivers Ed Online Program Involve?

It is a program that could be taken at the ease of your home in Rocklin. The course is 10 lessons long. Following each lesson you must take a test and pass up to 80%. This program is also 30 hours in total. After the finishing of all the chapters, you receive a certificate of completion. This certificate takes at least 3 days to be mailed to you in Rocklin. 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 may either phone the 800 number or make an appointment on the dmv website. Meetings are often taken 2 weeks ahead of time, so a scheduled appointment early.