9/23/21 Our next class begins on 10/5/21 and will meet via Zoom on Tuesday and Thursday from 6-8pm.  There will be a parent/student orientation at 10am via Zoom on 10/2/21.  The cost for the class is $400.  You can send a check to Top Gear Driving School PO Box 71 Stevenson, WA  98648.  A also accept cash and card with a $5.00 fee for the card.  

4/29/21 Because of Covid 19, The Department of Licensing is requiring that I close the Lyle location because I have not used it in such a long time.  Classes are via Zoom and will be for an indefinite period of time.  Therefore, please choose another class on the calendar.  I have a June 8th class from 6-8 coming up on Tuesday and Thursday.  There will also be a parent/student orientation on the Saturday prior via Zoom at 10am.  Please contact me for this class or the July class this summer. 

4/7/21 Our next class will begin on May 17th and will meet on Monday and Wednesday from 4-6 PM via Zoom.  There will be a parent/student orientation on May 15th at 10 AM via Zoom.  The cost for this class is $400.  Students will need a Washington ID Number.  Instructions are at the bottom of the Class Times chart.  Dan will need that number to enter into the database.  Students can apply for their permit online 10 days prior to the class start date.

11/18/20 Awesome news!!  I just received a letter from The Department of Licensing concerning Governor Inslee's newly announced restrictions.  I will quote the from the letter. "The Governor's new restrictions do not affect the prior Covid-19 operating guidance issued for the driver training school industry.  You may continue to operate virtual, classroom, and behind-the-wheel instruction under this industry specific guidance."  I am grateful as I am sure you are that we can continue to serve our community here in the Columbia River Gorge.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to strive to provide the best driver training available anywhere at a reasonable price.  We will continue to provide the Department of Licensing testing by appointment only. 

7/9/20 More Great News!!  White Salmon Department of Licensing will be opening by appointment this Monday.  You can begin scheduling appointments on Saturday.

7/9/20  Great News!  I suggested 3 months ago that students should be able to apply for a picture-less Instruction Permit.  It finally happened today.  Students enrolled in driver's education can now apply for a permit at dol.wa.gov.  If you are at least        15 1/2 you can pass the department of licensing knowledge test and also apply online for your permit.  This should help move the licensing process along.

6/23/20  Even better!!  Go to dol.wa.gov.  At the top it says UPDATE in the top left hand corner.  The very top line says: "Limited in-person appointments available. Learn more."  If you click on this link you can schedule an appointment.  It is much faster and easier.  A lot of people are having success with this.  Give it a try.

6/15/20 https://licensingexpress.wordpress.com/2020/06/15/driver-licensing-offices-to-begin-reopening-by-appointment-june-22/

Great news!!  I received an email today from the Department of Licensing.  The email lists the offices will be opening on June 22nd in the State of Washington by appointment only.  You can click on the above link to learn how to set an appointment to get a permit or license.

(360) 975-2799


Top Gear Driving School is approved and authorized by the Department of Licensing to give the knowledge and driving(skills) tests.  As of December 31, 2012 the DOL in White Salmon and Goldendale will no longer give the knowledge test and the skills (driving) test.  Testing will now be done at Top Gear Driving School.  This will benefit patrons who previously had to  go to Goldendale, White Salmon or Vancouver for testing.

This service will be available not only for beginning drivers, but for anyone needing the testing. Testing will be available by appointment only. Testing locations will not be able to take pictures, or issue a driver's license. It will be necessary to visit a Department of Licensing location  in White Salmon, Goldendale, or Vancouver.

** Very important!!!  Before you come to test, you must visit the Department of Licensing Website to get your Washington Driver's License number. 

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With over 20 years of experience, we take pride in our    skilled and safe drivers. Top Gear Driving School is dedicated to serving youth as well as older drivers who need Drivers Training in the Gorge. We provide the best traffic safety training available at an affordable price.

Read more about us and Sign up for a class!

    Classes Are Starting Soon

Washington State requires that Driver Training programs include 30 hours of classroom instruction, with a maximum of 2 hours per day.

We have classes that begin nearly every 3 weeks. Check the course schedule and sign up today!

    Drive Times

Behind the wheel training is part of the course for beginning students. 

Washington State requires a minimum of 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training, with a maximum of 1 hour per day. A minimum of 1 hour of behind-the-wheel observation is also required.

We also offer behind the wheel training to anyone who may wish to learn to drive, or improve their skills. 
Want to schedule a drive time? Sign up or check the schedule here.

    Find Us

We are located in Stevenson at 155 SW 1st Street. 

(360) 975-2799

                                                                            PO Box 71 Stevenson, WA  98648