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415 665 1133

Welcome to Capitol City Driving School, where we train and prepare drivers for the road. We offer a variety of deep content and services to help you get there--including a 9-chapter driver education course. 

The first four chapters--essential for passing the permit test--are free! These free four chapters cover 60% of the course, and there's no need to sign up.  

You can also take a look at the full course.  Go to our website and on the left side you can look at our tree; from there, you can view our 9 chapters.

This is a great resource for student drivers, out-of-state drivers, and drivers from other countries.  Our free website will give you valuable information to supplement the California DMV handbook. 

General driving school information:

Capitol City Driving School or 

32145 Alvarado-Niles Road suite 208G
Union City, CA 94587

We have another office at
A-Safe Way Driving School
1104 Vicente St
San Francisco CA 94116

I am the owner and have two offices
510 791-7200
415 665-1133
Call me and press # to bypass the message.  During the busy times I will teaching behind the wheel training and I will call you back between 7 and 9 p.m. 
You can sign up online.  We use two services to make sure your credit card info is secure.  and Cleargate (PCI Compliance)
Q)  Who are we?
A)  Capitol City Driving School has been in operation since 1972. Historically, our school has been extremely successful in teaching Driver Education and Driver Training.
The owner is a UC Berkeley Graduate and has written both Driver Education and Driving Manuals. He was trained by two retired law enforcement officers.  Our website was developed by an Oracle technical writer. 
Collin Huey is a UC Berkeley Graduate in Liberal Arts and Accounting.  He left the accounting field because he wanted to work with youth.  He has worked in high school counseling and working with teens for to prepare them for college.
Collin played also basketball for UC Berkley's  Club team.
We did not cut corners in preparing this website--we created it in response to demand from students who favor the flexibility of online driver education.

The mission of this website is to provide students with the required knowledge to pass the Department of Vehicle 46 question multiple choice written permit test. To provide a professional e-learning resource, we have provided detailed graphics, animations, and interactive situations. We have also allowed students to log in and take the first four chapters for free. 

Q  Why is there Driver education online?
A) Cutbacks in the school budgets have allowed online website to emerge.  Back in the day, your parents will tell you, Driver Education and Driver Training were free.  Most Driver Education in the classroom was taught by a high school coach.
Q)  How does the parent or teen choose the best website for driver education online?
A)  Before you buy anything,  you must do your research.  You will prevent yourself from getting ripped off. We provide information up front to advance our mission of helping student drivers pass their tests and become safe, responsible drivers. Our website is not simply blocks of text--we provide illustrations and videos to demo real-world driving situations. This helps you prepare for and pass the permit test.

Throughout the website, pointers and tips are provided on t gives you pointers on passing the test, case studies, and representative stories. Be on your guard for sites that ask you to provide email or credit card information before providing a sizable sample of free content. 

Q)  What are the advantages and disadvantages of taking a course online?

A) Advantage: Easier, you can do it on your own time. You can save time by not driving to school. Some students just do not have any time to go to a class.  Junior year is the most stressful time in a student's academic life, with SATs and college preparation.  
If you get stuck or you do not understand you must chat with us or email us to get the one-on-one teacher-student experience. A teacher is a reservoir of information. If you get a question wrong, you can ask the teacher for the right answer. 

Email me at or to learn more, or call me at
(415) 665-1133,  (877) 229 8898, or  (510) 791-7200.  It is best to call me from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. because I may be driving students around during the day.  If you leave a voicemail I will call you from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Q) The most common question is, what do I bring to the DMV for the written test?
Bring your pink form,  DL 44 (driver license application), social security number and original birth certificate. 

Our website, as an added value, also includes a chapter on how to drive a car. 
Q) My high school requires me to take Driver's Education to graduate; can I use this course to fulfill the requirement?
Yes and no.  Some high schools force you to take it with them. Some high schools just want you to take it, even if it's elsewhere.  The problem with taking at the high school is that you must wait, and some students want to drive earlier.  Even though you may still have to take Driver's ED in high school, many students will take my online course to begin driving ASAP.  

Case in point-Mary wants to drive but she has to wait 8 months before she can take her class at her high school (classes are booked for a long time).  Her mother is sick of driving her around and wants her to get the driving license to drive her younger sister and brother around.  Mary is 15 1/2 years old and needs to drive so she will take our course and by the time she is sixteen she will get her license.  Mary will have her license and may still have to take Driver's ed in her high school.  

Many schools are aware of such situations and are allowing students to use our course as a fulfillment to graduate.  Contact your high school counselor for more info.

Q)  Why do we charge only $15?  The answer is WHY NOT!
A)  The cost is $15 for the website. Back when I was in high school driver education was free. We set the price at $30 and many schools have followed our price. We will lower the price further over time. Go look at the other website and look at their material. If you think it justifies paying an extra $50 then by all means go pay the extra money.  Also compare the other websites at $15.

Q) Why do we let you look at 60% of the course for free?
A) We are the only driving school to let you look at the course for free without signing up because you need to know what you are buying.  Do your homework and use our site.    

Q)  Why are there so many different prices for driver's education?
A)  I personally feel you are almost getting ripped off.  Some charge high prices for online education, which should be accessible to all. We are focused on driver education and not on luring you to overspend. So if you want to get educated at a reasonable price, this is the website for you. After our course we will show you other websites that are free to check out to help you be a good driver.

Q)  Is the information secure and safely guarded?
A)  The credit card transaction is encrypted to Read our privacy policy. We are part of the Better Business Bureau.
My credit card got rejected

Please enter the address of the person whose card you are using in the billing information section.  Enter the address that you are living at currently in the shipping information section.  This means  if your parent signed up and his billing address is in Los Angeles and you (the teen) use a San Jose address, the card will be rejected.  If you use your Dad's address then you must also use that address in your sign up form. 

Q)  Is the student and credit information confidential?
A)  All information is confidential under our privacy act.
The credit cards transaction is encrypted to

Q)  Can I pay by check or money order?
A)  Yes send a check ($15) payable to Capitol City Driving School. Our address is 3623 Thornton Ave Fremont CA 94536. Include your teen's full name, address, city, zip code, phone, email address, the mom or dad's first name (this is the password) and the high school, and also include how you found out about the online course. 
We will manually log you in.  It is simple but it takes three to six days to process the check.

Q) I cannot login after paying?
A) The most common reason for this is that the student or parent created the wrong ID or password.
If this happens, email me at or call me from 7 to 9 p.m.

Q) Can i use my same email with my brothers or sisters?
A) If you sign up using your parent's email, DO NOT USE YOUR EMAIL TWICE FOR YOUR ID.
Use your email as your ID once.  Use another email as a new ID.

Q)  After this class can I take the permit test?
A)  The course does fulfill the 30 hour requirement of the DMV. Yes, you can take the permit test provided you have the proper documentation.

Q)  Why do we want you to go into our website and try it out?
A)  Go into our website and try it and if you do not like it, there is no obligation except your time and the knowledge that you gain. Compare it to other websites and make the decision. Most students want the best value at the most reasonable price. We offer that.

Q)  What is the online drivers education course like?
A)  The beginning-log in and press the right gray arrow to advance the pages.
You log in and our database will remember where you began and stopped
We have a page and a related graphic or animation. Our website has 9 chapters and at the end of each chapter is a ten question test. If you miss 3 or more you will have to repeat the quiz until you pass.

At the end of the 9 chapters will be a final of 46 questions. where you must pass with 38 correct. If you fail you must repeat the test. You will be able to click on videos to teach you Aspects of The California Driving license, Rules of the Road and Safe Driving Practices. We also have at the end of the lesson a local driving video.

Q)  What is the process after you finish the course?
A)  When you pass we will send you a  PINK DL400C.
The next step is to go to and read the handbook.

How to choose a good driver training should be a no-brainer.
Ask your friends and parents.  Call the driving school and ask these questions
who are your teachers?, what is their background?,  why are you charging so much?,  does your teacher conduct business while teaching?, how much experience does the teacher have?, what will be taught?

During the first lesson we typically cover:
  • Instruments and Controls   
  • Steering Control
  • Accelerator and Brake Controls
  • Right and Left Turns
  • Lane Changing
  • Turns in Traffic
  • Blind Spots and Mirrors Check
  • Approaching and Timing Traffic Lights
  • Reverse Straight
  • Reverse Turns
  • Turnabouts  second lesson
  • Gauging the Curb
  • Up and Down Hill Parking
  • Angle Parking
  • Parallel Parking
  • One-way Street
  • Night Time Driving
  • U-Turns in Business Districts
  • Freeway Driving second lesson
  • Two-way Left Turn Lane
  • Simulated Road Test
  • Judging Time Gap at Intersection
    We will also give you handouts for you to study.  All students may get a 280 page book on driving instruction.