11/30/23  Tonight is lesson 3.  Obviously, it is snowing.  The roads in downtown Stevenson are wet and it has been  snowing.  Highway 84 from Cascade Locks to Portland has snow and it is still snowing.  I just got back from a short drive.  The exit and entrance ramps are covered with snow.  I don't know what the weather is like between White Salmon and Stevenson.  That being said, if you feel uncomfortable coming because of the weather you can miss and make up tonight.  The make up day will be January 29th from 4-6pm.  I will be here to teach lesson 3 tonight snowing or not.  If no one comes we can make it up later.  We will discuss this together.

11/27/23 For those wanting to take the department of licensing knowledge test, you can come tomorrow, 11/28/23 at 9am and Saturday at noon.

11/10/23 The next available class begins on November 21st  and meets on Tuesday and Thursday from 6-8 pm.  The parent/student orientation will be on Saturday, November 18th at 10am.  Please plan for student and parent to attend.  The orientation will last about an hour and a half.  The cost is $475.  Each student will need a Washington ID Number.  You can apply on my website, or at the department of licensing office.  I will need that number before students can apply for their permit.  Students can get their permit 10 days prior to the class start date and must be at least 15 years old.  If students are at least 15 1/2 they can pass the department of licensing knowledge test to get their permit.  I administer that test at my office.  If you have questions, please contact me.

(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 can 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 Office or Website to get your Washington Driver's License number. dol.wa.gov.  You will need to bring this number with you along with picture ID.  This can include school ID.

You can apply for a Washington ID Number either at the Department of Licensing office, or online on my website, topgeardriversed.com.  On the left side click on Sign-UP.  Then scroll down to dolpreapply and click there.  Begin filling out the required information.  You will need a state issured birth certificate and Social Security number.  The number needed is not the Confirmation Number.  Go to the bottom and click on continue to print off your Washington ID Number.  I will need that number if you are enrolled in my class so you can get your permit 10 days prior to the class start date.  You will also need this number if you are going to take the Department of Licensing Knowledge and Driving Tests.  You will also need picture ID.  This ID can be school Id, Passport, or other types of picture ID. 


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With over 30 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.

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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!

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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. 

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


(360) 975-2799



                                                                            PO Box 71 Stevenson, WA  98648

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


(360) 975-2799