Frequently Asked Questions

Is this traffic school certified by the State of Florida?

Yes, Tampa Bay Driving School is Florida State approved and certified by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV). All our behind-the-wheel instruction and online and classroom traffic school courses are FLHSMV Authorized.

What do I need to take driving lessons?

All you need is a valid permit or driver’s license from any state or country.

What is the difference between a Learner's License and a Drivers License?

A learner’s permit allows you the opportunity to gain driving skills with a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old; and that person must ride in the front passenger seat. After holding a Learner’s License for at least one year without receiving any traffic violations, you can get your Driver’s License, also known as a Class E License. A Class E license is a non-restricted license available to those over the age of 16 that pass the written, vision and driving skills tests. A driver under the age of 18 cannot qualify for a Class E license unless they have held a learner’s permit for at least 12 months.
For details on requirements for a learner’s permit, visit http://www.flhsmv.gov/ddl/teendriv.htm

Is the company car available for my road test?

Absolutely, if you’ve taken at least one lesson with us. The car has select availablility for DMV testing, call our office for more details.

Will I get feedback from the instructor on my child's progress?

Absolutely! For new drivers, our instructors follow a 184-point checklist of anything and everything your child may need to know before getting on the road for the first time.

Can I choose which instructor to schedule my lesson with?

Yes, if you have a specific instructor that you prefer, please let us know. Some prefer to stay with a specific instructor for all of their lessons. We will accommodate to any preferences you may have.

What if I already have my license and just need a refresher course?

All lessons can be tailored to meet your needs.

Do you issue a certificate when my child has completed a lesson?

Yes, we give all student drivers a certificate after 3 lessons. It is possible for us to issue a certificate sooner, per your request.

Will you pick my child up from school or home for their lesson?

Yes, we do offer pick-up and/or drop-off within a 10 mile radius of our office.

Will I be eligible for a discount on my insurance for taking driving lessons?

Most insurance companies do offer a discount for completing driving lessons.

What kind of insurance discount courses do you offer?

It depends on your insurance provider. Many companies will offer a discount on your policy for completing a Driver Improvement Course.


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Young people ages 15-24 represent only 14% of the population. However, they account for 30% of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries.

John Barry

John Barry

John spent his last 7 years in England working at the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), a British Government Department, that is responsible for all forms of Driving Licensing throughout the United Kingdom. He personally examined and certified over 12,000 drivers. John certified and belonged to the Institute of Advanced Motorists of England for over 30 years. John also owned and operated his own driving school in London, England; called South London Driving School for over 17 years. He estimates he covered over 500,000 miles with student drivers of all ages.

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Florida DMV Instructor Certified

James Smith

James Smith

Jim is married with three daughters and four grandchildren. He lives in Palm Harbor, Fl. and is a U.S. Air Force veteran that spent eight and a half years in active duty. Has been in instructing and training safe drivers for over 40 years.
Jim has always been active in sports by coaching and planning activities for children. He is also a traffic safety instructor for Nations Traffic School in Tampa. Jim loves people and wants to help all students be successful.

Florida DMV Instructor Certified

Florida DMV Motorcycle Association Endorsement

Colby Bidwell

Colby Bidwell

Colby Bidwell has lived in Florida his entire life and completed degrees at both Florida State University (B.S.) and the University of Florida (M.Ed.). His career is in education and has taught public school science for 10 years. In addition to teaching Biology Honors and AP Physics 1 at the high school level, he coached the following varsity sports: Golf, Swimming, Soccer, and Tennis. He has a passion for educating young people through building relationships around the common goal of achieving learning progress in a safe environment with practical, comfortable, and differentiated learning strategies.

FL DMV Instructor Certified

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