Frequently Asked Questions

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Do you have questions in mind? Keep scrolling down to learn more about our professional driving school in San Mateo.

What are the main driving skills taught during lessons?

At Push Start Driving School, we ensure teaching comprehensive and safe driving skills to all the drivers regardless of the age of the driver.  We evaluate and teach the following:

  • Car Familiarity
  • Steering
  • Acceleration and Deacceleration
  • Braking Smoothly
  • Scanning
  • Left Turns and Right Turns
  • Following at the appropriate distance
  • Changing Lanes
  • Looking for Blind Spot
  • Interstate/ Freeway Driving
  • Straight Line Reverse
  • Parallel Parking

Do you provide pick up and drop off service?

We will pick up and drop off from your home, school, or workplace within our service area. Note that the instructor may cancel the lesson if the client doesn’t have their permit, driver’s license or prescription lenses.

I’ll be taking the DMV behind-the-wheel test but don't have a car. Do you provide car rental for drive test?

DMV Car Rental

You may rent one of our driving school cars.  Our driving instructor will accompany you to the DMV and prep you before the test.

Contact us for availability.

We service the following DMV field offices:

  • Daly City
  • Fremont
  • Hayward
  • Redwood City
  • San Mateo

Process to rent a car from Push Start Driving School:

  • Book an appointment for the DMV behind-the-wheel test and forward us the confirmation email from the DMV containing your name, test time and date, and DMV location.
  • If you don’t want to book an appointment yourself, inform our coordinator and provide the details including your name, date of birth, permit number, permit issue date, and preferred dates and time.
  • Our representative will schedule you for the DMV behind-the-wheel test on the DMV website after confirming the instructor’s availability.
  • As a learner, you need to pay $290 for your DMV road test on Push Start Driving’s website to get it scheduled on the system.
  • We ensure scheduling it on the slot that suits you the best. We don’t let you wait much and find a mutual time to plan your lessons within 1 to 3 weeks.
  • The instructor picks you up from your destination an hour before your DMV Road test to help you practice.

Do you help anxious and nervous drivers?

Our experienced and patient driving instructors give nervous and anxious drivers enough time to get comfortable and practice.

By applying proven methods to help drivers reduce anxiety, we teach them how to drive safely and confidently.

Is it necessary to sign up for all 6-hours all at once?

You don’t need to schedule all the driving lessons right away. You can enroll for 2-hour lessons in the beginning and then schedule more lessons according to your driving needs. We recommend at least a few days between lessons.  Some students may need more than 6-hours of lessons.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept the following payment methods:
Visa, Mastercard, zelle, cash, or check.
Venmo  @pushstartdriving.

You may pay for one lesson at a time or all up front.

When I try to enroll, the sign-up page asks for the school code.

The school code is PUSHSTART.

Why does my account show inactive?

There can be multiple reasons that can make a learner’s account inactive. Some of the reasons include outstanding cancellation fees and expired permit information. You can contact our representative at Push  Driving School to get more details.

When can I obtain my driver's license?

For teens under 18 years old, you need to meet the following criteria to get your CA driver license.

  • You must be 16 years old or older
  • Have a completion certificate for the 30 hour driver education course (online or classroom)
  • Have a completion certificate for 6 hours of driver training (behind the wheel instruction)
  • Have a driving permit for six months. Adults over 18 year olds do not need to wait.
  • For teens, you must complete 50 hours behind the wheel practice with a guardian, parents, and instructors
  • You must pass your DMV test with no major errors and less than 16 minor errors.

Can my parents teach me with a license from another state?

  • No, whoever drives with you must have a valid California Driver License and be 25 years of age or older. The person who signs your permit stating that you have done the 50 hours of extra driving instruction must have a valid California Driver License. Adults with learning permits only need to be accompanied by a California licensed driver 18 or over.

Are you a DMV licensed school?

  • Yes, our affiliate driving school, A Deluxe Driving School LLC, has DMV driving school license E2224. The school is bonded and insured. It uses vehicles that have additional passenger brakes, accelerators, and rearview mirrors.

What is the maximum period to complete the driving course?

We suggest learners complete the behind-the-wheel instruction course within 12 months from their enrollment day.

Do you have a cancellation policy?

As a courtest to our instructors and other students, please make sure you plan your schedule carefully to prevent cancellations and changes.

If you need to cancel, please cancel at least 24 hours in advance to avoid the $50 cancellation fee.

If our instructor is at your place to pick you up and you miss the class, you will have to pay a $50 cancellation fee.

Our instructors spend a significant amount of time preparing your lessons. They make sure they show up at the scheduled time.

If you do need to reschedule or cancel a class, please do so in far advance.  You can cancel a class by logging into our website, selecting View/Cancel Session, and clicking the session to cancel.  You may then reschedule.  Feel free to contact us if you need more information on our cancellation policy or assistance with rescheduling a session.

Does your school provide the 6 hours of behind-the-wheel CA DMV completion certificate (DL400D)?

When a learner completes 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training, we provide a completion certificate at the end of the last lesson.  For teens under 18 years old, you must bring the gold certificate of completion to DMV when you take your driving test. A copy or electronic copy will not be accepted the DMV.

Gold Certificate

In Which Areas Do You Provide Service?

Our San Mateo office serves learners in Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, Emerald Hills, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Pacifica, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Mateo, South San Francisco, and Woodside. These learners can sign up at Push Start Driving School.

The Mountain View office provides services to students who live in San Jose up to Menlo Park. These students can sign-up at our website Deluxe Driving School.

Our San Ramon office covers Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, and San Ramon. East Residents may sign up at East Bay Driving School.

Do you allow teenagers who started their behind-the-wheel training at another driving school to finish 6-hours behind-the-wheel lessons with our school to get the behind-the-wheel completion certificate?

Yes, teenage drivers who want their behind-the-wheel training completion certificate can complete their training with us.  They will need to provide a letter from the other school stating the student’s name, training time/dates, and birthdate. This letter may be emailed to us.

What if I lose my 6-hours certificate of completion?

You will be charged $25 to get a new certificate in that case. We send the certificate by mail.

What Sets Push Start Driving School Apart?

Quality Driving Instructors

Our CA DMV licensed driving instructors are calm and patient with beginner students. The instruction style of our licensed driving instructor makes driving lessons in San Mateo easier and less stressful. You’ll feel more confident and enjoy learning how to drive with our instructors.

New & Safe Vehicles

All of our vehicles are easy to drive with modern amenities. They have all of the major safety features installed. Rest assured that you’ll feel safe and comfortable behind the wheel of our cars.

Super Convenient

We are located in San Mateo and serve Belmont, Burlingame, Foster City, Fremont, Half Moon Bay, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Mateo, and South San Francisco. We can pick you up, drop you off, and even let you rent our vehicles for your DMV exam. You’ll know you can rely on us wherever you are.