1st Mile Driving School

(530) 588-9011 - DMV Lic. #E2054

About Us

BEST Prices!


Comparable prices! 

Great Teachers!


Qualified instructors with 69+ years experience.

Our Cars!


High-end, SAFE  Acura & Toyota cars!


Owners: David & Lesa Esparza


David is the Operator of 1st Mile Driving School. He is a graduate of Chico State University with his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He has resided in Chico since 1982 and has taught driver's education starting in 1996 at four different drivers ed schools in the north state area. He has taught driver's ed to young immigrant students with limited English vocabulary, bi-lingual students and students up to 78 years old. David is fluent in Spanish and he has desired to open his own driving school for many years, wanting to take the best qualities of each school he has worked at, along with his own  professional and personal driving skills and incorporate them into 1st Mile Driving School. He and his wife Lesa, a state Certified Residential Appraiser, have put together an experienced staff of educators with over 69+ years of driver's ed teaching experience. We, at 1st Mile Driving School, are anxious to help you learn to be a good driver and practice safe driving skills. It is our personal goal that the students we teach do not become a statistic and that our students have a good quality experience, from our educated instructors to the quality of the vehicles we have chosen for your use.

Online Classes


Take your classroom education at the link below, get your permit, then give us a call @ (530) 588-9011 to book your seat behind the wheel. We offer our driving school in Chico, Paradise, Magalia, Oroville, Glenn & Tehama counties.

Returning Student Login


If you have previously logged into our system for your online education, please click the link below to login. Please provide proof of completion of this course for a $20 discount off of your 6 Hour Behind-The -Wheel Driving Lessons.

Our Information


Current Grand Opening Promotion!

6 hours of personalized  Behind-the-Wheel driving instruction for $360! 


Contact Us

Phone:  (530) 588-9011

email:  inbox.firstmile@gmail.com

Office location: 574 Manzanita Ave #6, Chico, CA 95926

Hours: 12-5 Mon - Thurs, 10-2 Friday. Closed Sat & Sun.

Coverage Area & Availability

 We cover most of Butte, Glenn & Tehama counties. Free, convenient pickup & drop off available to most locations. Weekend appointments available. Call for more details. 

Social Media Sites

Please link up with us on these social media sites:

Instagram:  1stMile4u

Facebook:  1st Mile Driving School

LinkedIn:  1st Mile Driving School

Other FAQs & Services Available

Success on the State of California DMV written exam is required prior to our 6-hour Behind-the-Wheel training, and subsequently receiving a teen learner's permit.

The Certificate of Completion of the online education course is required for new drivers ages 15-1/2 to 17-1/2 to take the California written exam.

We also offer additional services such as:  

- Additional hours of Behind-the Wheel instruction. 

- Night-time instruction for an additional fee.

-Bi-lingual (Spanish & Sign Language) availability.

Our Instructors

Gina Sanford


Gina has grown up around the Drivers Education profession and said she would go to a Traffic Violators class almost every weekend growing up. She is our youngest instructor but very friendly and knowledgeable! She has been teaching driver's ed for over two years now and very capable.

Kiara Diamond


Introducing our multi-lingual (Spanish & American Sign Language) driving instructor, Kiara Diamond. She's enthusiastic and positively upbeat. We have never had a bad experience with "Kiri". She's newly licensed and is a very safe and efficient driver. So we welcome Kiara to our team!

Nichole King


Our family member Nichole King has started driving with us! She's a mother of two and a current hairstylist. Nichole has a fun, bubbly personality and will make a great team member

Robert (Bob) Haskins


A retired law enforcement officer of 34 years, previous instructor at Northern California Driving School, Dui Grant Coordinator and an all around friendly guy. He comes with good reputation in the community and we're already getting requests for him. Please welcome Bob to our team!

Letitia "Cory" Troutman


Cory  has been a Driving Instructor since 1988. She has grown up around the business and she has also been a Traffic School instructor almost as long.

Pamela McNeely


Pam has been a Driving Instructor since 1988. She says she is now teaching students whose parents she taught as teenagers! She has also been a Traffic School instructor almost as long as she has been teaching driver's ed. She's very knowledgeable, experience and loves what she does!


6 Hours behind-the-wheel instruction

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DMV Links


General DMV Links

General DMV website (or push button below): https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv

Driver education & driver training informtion:  https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/dl/dl_info#DEDT

Provisional driver license restrictions during the first year:  https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/dl/dl_info#FIRSTYEAR

How to apply for a provisional instruction permit if you are under 18:  https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/dl/dl_info#PERMINOR

How to apply for a driver's license if you are over 18: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/dl/dl_info#two500

How to prepare and apply for a CA driver license (Form FFDL 7): 


Request your driving record: 


DMV Application Requirements

Social Security number requirement:


Identity/verification requirements:


Vision exam requirement: 


 Parents or Guardian's signature - accepting liability for a minor:  https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/dl/dl_info#FRMINOR 

Preparing for your Driving Test

Parent-Teen Training Guide

Click on a file to download.

Parent Teen Handbook (pdf)


California Driver Handbook (2019)

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If you have questions about what programs we have available to you, feel free to send us a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

1st Mile Driving School

574 Manzanita Ave #6, Chico, CA 95926, US

(530) 588-9011