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How to Get Your Permit

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  1. You must be at least 15 1⁄2 to apply.
  2. You must take a Driver Education class (30 Hours). Most students do this online and it takes three to four days.
  3. Upon completing the on-line course you will be sent a pink slip within 5 days.
  4. You go to the DMV and take a written test 48 questions and you can miss 8. You will need a Social Security Number and proof of birth (Passport or birth certificate). Also you will need to fill out a DL-44 form, we have them in our office and will be happy to send you one. You do not need proof of enrollment with a driving school to take the written test.
  5. When you pass the written test the DMV will give you an instruction permit that you cannot use until you have begun your training with a State Licensed Driving Teacher. He will sign your permit and at this time it becomes valid to use. Do not drive with anyone until you have your permit validated by us. Your insurance will probably not cover you if you have and incident and your permit is not validated.
  6. We usually do three, two-hour segments for the training, and if you are new (which we prefer), we suggest that you do the first six hours close together as you can afford. We do a lot of work on basic driving skills and right of ways at this time. We can and will teach you techniques that no one else can.
  7. If you are a new and nervous driver, practicing before your lesson does not do much good (besides it’s illegal). If you have a good attitude, we can teach you how to handle the car smoother than most people that you ride with in our basic six-hour course. Mom and Dad should like that; we know the DMV examiners do! We get compliments from the Examiners about how smooth our new drivers are.


"They taught me to drive like a champ!"
-Tobias Tune

"Thanks to Sunshine Driving School I aced my drivers test on the first try...with compliments from the examiner for avoiding and accident with remarkable reflexes!"
-Akka B, Poet

Oakland "This man taught me to drive when I first came to this country. Triple AAA+++, thank you Ken, for all your safe driving tips and your patience with me. Now I love to drive!"
-Indu Kline

"Ken is a great teacher. I was only 26 years old when I took his program. I had just come from New York and had never needed a car. Ken's instruction insured that I became a safe and happy driver! Thanks Ken!"
-Marilyn Mosley-Goranier: Educator, Ojai

"Ken taught me to drive in a month and a half at age 32. He also taught both of my children to drive. My daughter went on to drive buses while attending U.C. Santa Cruz. He is the best!"
-Jessica Watling-Murray

If you want to learn to drive this is the place to call! The skills you will gain will last a l lifetime. I have proof!
-Asha Tyska McLaughlin

"My daughter was 21 and was too scared to learn to drive. Sunshine Driving School was the only place where she felt safe enough to learn. Now she's a confident and safe driver. Thank you!"
-Debbie Godfrey, self employed

Ken and Sunshine Driving School were the best things that could have happened to me during learning to drive experience. After a horrible set of lessons from another local driving school, after which I vowed I would never drive again, Ken reestablished my confidence in my driving abilities. His calm demeanor assured me that I was always safe, and his encouragement (and occasional humor) helped me learn in a positive and constructive way. Folks, Ken is undoubtedly one of the best driving teachers out there. His experience shows in every lesson and interaction. It was a pleasure and honor to learn how to drive from Ken, especially after encountering the worst. Heck, I even passed my test first try!

I hope that this suffices! I could probably write you an in-depth 5 page paper if you really wanted it. I'm thinking a catchy title would be: KEN CORNELIUS, PRAISE BE UNTO HIM! :) hahaha.

I hope that you and all of your family is doing well. I recommend you to EVERYONE! Truly!

Best wishes always,
Olivia, Thacher Student

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