CA License #E2125

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Bay Area Driving School – License #E2125
1070 A Street
Hayward, CA 94541


Phone (510) 886-1016
Fax (510) 886-4408

About Us

Bay Area Driving School “B.A.D.S.” was established in 1949.  Our school strives to provide the BEST quality service and continued customer satisfaction.   Our Vision: It has been argued that driving is one of the MOST important skills that a person can possess in his or her lifetime. With excellent Driver's Education and Driver's Training, we can make a difference and assist in minimizing traffic collisions. 
Our Instructors:  We have a high-caliber staff of Professional Instructors. Our instructors are licensed by the state of CA and have a passed a DMV background investigation through the Department of Justice. We have male and female instructors.  We provide lesson in English and Spanish. All of our instructors have a genuine concern for traffic safety and are dedicated to helping individuals develop the necessary skills to become a defensive driver.

What Are the Age Requirements for a Permit & License?

The first age to obtain a Learner’s Permit is 15 ½.
The first age to obtain a Driver’s License is 16.

My Teen Doesn’t Turn 15 ½ for a Few Months, Can He Take Driver’s Ed Now?

Yes, it’s OK to take Driver’s Ed at age 15.  It’s ideal to take Driver’s Ed so that class is finished closer to the half-birthday so that the information is fresh.  Students will receive written materials and study guides to take home.  

I’m 17 ½ Years Old, Do I Need to Take the Classes?

No.  You are eligible to take your permit test now and you will be eligible to take your drive test when you turn 18 years old.  Taking the classes; however will better prepare you for the tests and will reduce your crash rate (according to statistics).  Some insurance companies offer a discount if you choose to take the classes.

Do the Instructors Go Through a Background Check?

Yes, all of our driving instructors have been cleared by a DMV-required background check through the Department of Justice.  Our school has both male and female instructors. If you have a preference, just let us know upon scheduling.

Is Your Driving School DMV-approved, licensed, insured & bonded?

Yes, Bay Area Driving School is DMV-approved, licensed, insured & bonded.  Our Driving School license # is E2125.  We are in good standing with the DMV & the Better Business Bureau.  We have successfully been serving the Bay Area since 1949. We incorporated in 2019.

How Do I Schedule the Actual Driving?

You may schedule over the phone or by email.  For teens, we recommend spacing out the lessons every 2-3 weeks.  For adults, discuss with your instructor.  Generally, the closer together the lessons, the sooner you will be prepared for the DMV road test.  If you make a payment online, the driving school will send you a confirmation of enrollment and discuss scheduling details by phone and / or email, usually within 1 business day.

Can My Parent or Spouse Come with Me During the In-Car Training?

No, we do not allow parents or spouses to ride a long during the training as it is against our insurance policy.  The Instructor will be happy to discuss the student’s driving performance at the end of the lesson, upon request.

What Are The Classes Like?

Classroom Driver’s Ed & Traffic School include group discussions, movies, short lectures, class participation and breaks.  Driver’s Ed includes a power point presentation and games.  It is recommended to take notes for Driver’s Ed, so please bring paper & pen.  There is usually a lunch break. There are many eateries within walking distance.  Students will be in class the entire time. Free WIFI available in the classroom. 

What Is the Difference Between Classroom and Online Training?

The Online and Classrooms curriculums are basically the same content.  We always recommend the Classroom instruction because we feel that students get a lot more out of the class and are better prepared for real-life, driving situations.  The online training; however, is very convenient for students who have busy schedules.  Online classes are accessible 24/7 and can generally be completed in a shorter timeframe. 
It’s best to consider the type of learning methods that are most effective for the individual.  For example if the student is the type to ask a lot of questions and prefers an actual teacher, we recommend the traditional, in-class course.  Independent learners will do just fine with the online course.  An instructor is available to answer questions for all online courses.  

When Will I Receive My Certificate?

For Classroom Drivers Ed and In-Car Driver’s Training, your teen will receive the certificate on the last day of class.  For Online Driver’s Ed, certificates are mailed via USPS (takes about 3- 5 days).  You may pick up certificate in person or expedite shipping upon special request.  Traffic School Certificates are sent electronically within 3 business days of class date.

Do I Need to Bring a Birth Certificate to the Driving School?

No, you do not need to bring your birth certificate to the driving school unless you are signing up for the Student License program. 

What If the Student Has a Learning Disability?

Please discuss the learning disability with the office upon inquiring and scheduling.  We will do our best to accommodate and match student up with the appropriate instructor.  We have instructors who specialize in certain learning disabilities.

What is Your Cancellation Policy?

For In-Car training, we require a 24 hour notice of cancellation. Office is closed on Sundays.  Any changes to Monday appointments must be made on the Saturday prior to the appointment. Late cancellations, same day cancellations and “No-Show’s” will be charged a $75 Missed appointment fee.    For Payments made via PayPal, refund requests must be submitted (by phone or email to Bay Area Driving School) within 3 weeks of payment for services not rendered.  There are no refunds if refund request is submitted more than 3 weeks from payment via PayPal; however, the money may be transferred to a different student for In-Car and In-Class.  No transferring of payments for Online Classes.  Payments made directly to main office (cash, check or credit card) may submit refund request to Bay Area Driving School for services not rendered. We do not offer refunds for Traffic School; however, we allow 1 free transfer for Classroom Traffic School.  




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Our friendly Customer Service Reps are ready to answer your questions.
(510) 537-2755
Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm PST
Sat, 9am-5pm PST


Fax: (510) 886-4408

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