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Driver Education, Behind-the-Wheel Instructor

We want to add another driving instructor to our team. If you are interested, please contact us to ask about the position. The requirements for becoming a driving school instructor can be found here on the Virginia DMV website.

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About Us

Top Notch Driving Schools Inc.

Through a variety of classes, acquire safe driving skills and learn about the laws on the road at Top Notch Driving School in Newport News, Virginia. We are licensed by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and we have been operating since 2014. Our most popular classes are Driver Improvement, Behind-the-Wheel, and One-on-One Driver Training. 

TNDSI is a family owned and operated driver training school. We have been operating for three years and we have helped hundreds of students gain their driver's license. Our most important accomplishment is making our students safe and defensive drivers.

TNDSI offers:

  • A driving instructor with law enforcement experience and with access to military bases
  • Home and school pick-up and drop-off for local students at no additional charge
  • Two regular maintained, state inspected, and automatic transmission vehicles equipped with dual-brake and passenger side rear view mirror
  • ​Online or in-person Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles approved Driver Improvement Course

​Ashley Smith

Director of Operations

Ms. Smith is the daughter of the founder of this school. She has worked at this school since 2015. She coordinates driving lessons with the instructor and completes the paperwork for the completion of courses. She provides assistance with any issues that may arise doing her best to resolve them in a timely manner to the satisfaction of the client. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Salisbury University. 

Meet the Team

Vernon Smith (Owner)

Behind-the-Wheel, Driver Education, Driver Improvement Instructor

Mr. Smith is the founder of Top Notch Driving Schools Inc. He is certified by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles as a driver training school instructor. He retired from the Virginia State Police as a Sergeant after 25 years of service in 2014 and from the United States Army Reserve as a Sergeant First Class after 28 years of service in 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social and Criminal Justice and an Associate of Arts in General Studies.