878 J Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601

Vernon L. Smith is the owner of Top Notch Driving Schools Inc. Mr. Smith is certified by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles as a driver training school instructor. He is diligent in teaching students defensive driving techniques to help them become safe drivers.

Mr. Smith retired from the Virginia State Police as a Sergeant after 25 years of service and from the United States Army Reserve as a Sergeant First Class after 28 years of service. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social and Criminal Justice and an Associate of Arts in General Studies.


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We believe that people reach their full potential in the quickest time possible in an environment of encouragement and professional training.

We take driving very seriously and we are excited to pass on our dedication to safe, defensive driving skills to generations of new road scholars. We educate clients on current driving skills and knowledge that will not only enable you to pass a driving or written test but will also keep you safe on the road for life. 

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Top Notch Driving Schools Inc.

We are a family owned and operated, professional, high quality, full service driver training school specializing in Teens and Young Adults, ages 15-25.

We've been operating for 3 years and we've helped hundreds of students gain their driver's license. But, our most important win is making you a happy, safe driving customer.

We have:

  • driving instructor with law enforcement experience
  • driving instructor with access to military bases
  • courtesy pick-up and drop-off for driver training students


Ashley Smith is our Director of Operations. Ms. Smith handles all day-to-day operations including contracts, scheduling, vehicles, and billing. She works closely with parents and students to ensure that our schedules do not interfere with work, after school activities or sports.

Ms. Smith received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Salisbury University. She has been employed with Top Notch Driving Schools Inc. since December of 2014.