Driving Schools Loomis, California

Here at Hotlen Driving School, we've trained over 60,000 students throughout the region of Loomis since 1989. As opposed to other driving schools within Loomis, we're the only school in Placer County that supplies brake and gas pedal on the passenger side.

In addition teaching the proper techniques of driving, our Loomis students learn the rules of the road and learn defensive techniques. Our driving school has a distinctive manner in which helps each and every student to understand the different driving situations they may face on the road.

Our method consists of 3 to 4 driving lessons that are organized, well 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 employees continues to be a big factor in helping us build our driving school since we've opened our doors. Just in case you prefer a male or female instructor, we can easily make this happen too.

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

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

We teach Loomis each student on an individual basis. After each and every lesson, we talk to parents what their youngster needs to practice so they can develop the self esteem to continue with the class.

Furthermore, we have a "pay as you go" package to provide parents that can't afford to pay a one single payment. Courses are spread out in a 6 month period on a monthly basis until they're able to take the driving test.

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Driving Schools Overview

• Local Loomis 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 Schools

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 course is designed to produce a well informed and defensive oriented driver. When completed of this course, the student will be ready to take the DMV written test for a drivers permit.

Loomis Driving Schools 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 definitely a complete and thorough set of driving tasks which make the learning process both fun and challenging. First time Loomis 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 backup, 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 need one lesson with a certified instructor before they are allowed to use their permit. Our Loomis 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 require 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 Program Involve?

It's a program that can be taken at the convenience of your home in Loomis. This program is 10 lessons long. After each lesson you will need to take a test and pass up to 80%. The 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 Loomis. 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.


Right after finishing the drivers training-behind-the-wheel, you may either call the 800 number or a scheduled appointment on the dmv website. Sessions are often taken 2 weeks beforehand, so make an appointment early on.