top notch driving school va virginia


(757) 926-5956

About The School

Vernon Smith (Owner)

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

Vernon Smith founded Top Notch Driving School in 2014. 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. 

Vernon is certified by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles as a driver training school instructor and has the credentials to teach a variety of courses. He is an enthusiastic and passionate driving instructor. He can help you learn quickly and safely in a calm and relaxed environment.

Top Notch Driving Schools Inc.

Is there really a difference in driving schools?

Yes, there is! As with any service you will find a great difference between driving schools. Quality of instructors, teaching methods and time efficiency are of prime importance. Excellent instructors make learning fun and derive different methods of delivering instructions and present many different learning opportunities.

TNDSI has been operating since 2014 and is known for its great reviews. We will prepare you for the fast and furious world of driving! 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 Driving Lessons. 

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

Ashley Smith worked in customer service for 3 years prior to joining this school in 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Salisbury University.

Ashley keeps the submission of paperwork to the DMV timely and efficient. She coordinates course schedules with the instructor and completes the student paperwork required for the variety of courses this school offers. 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.

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