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New Life Driving School Inc
Midland Park NJ 07432

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  • Reviews for New Life Driving School Inc

    • Published 2/23/2018 10:09 AM


      These guys are great, but I really wanted to write a more detailed review to explain why, so if you are serious about researching a driving school, I would recommend you read the full review. My son just turned 16, took his written driver's test in school and wanted to get his permit and take driving instructions. I am a relentless researcher, and researched all the driving schools servicing my area. A number of the schools told me the same thing about their procedure for getting my son's permit: I have to give them custody of my son's birth certificate for several weeks and fill out a green registration card; they will either go into DMV without my son or will mail in the items, after which the permit is issued and we can begin lessons. I asked each of them whether they can, instead, take my son into the DMV to get his permit. Both said, no way, that's not how it works. Given that the green registration card contains my son's full name, DOB, SSN, height, weight, eye color and address, and the birth certificate contains my own full name (including maiden name), date of birth, his father's full name and date of birth, and the place where my son was born, I was concerned that handing this over to someone else's custody was not a great idea in this day and age of identity theft. I got a referral from a friend, who said that their driving school will take the child in to DMV to get the permit. I called them and, although they said that they would do that, I did not feel great confidence in their judgment regarding certain other issues and decided not to go with them. I found New Life because it had some good reviews and, although I believe also saw someone complaining about one of the employees in a review, I decided to give them a call. They were great right from the beginning and all the way through the end. I initially dealt with the owner, Paul, who told me that he was willing to me myself and my son at the DMV to get his permit for a small additional fee. I had no problem with this because it is extra time he took out of his schedule to stand in line with us. When we got to DMV, he was already there and on line, and when DMV opened, we breezed right in. We then went back to their offices, where Paul administered the eye test. He took my contact information and set us up with Al - the instructor who services my town. Although it took Al a few weeks to get to us, this is apparently because he was busy with others. I waited my turn and we were able to schedule my son's lessons for President's week, which worked out really well. I don't know how other schools are with this, but Al was great. He drove up, got out of the car and came to the door to meet me as well as my son, so that I could know who my son was getting into a car with. He told me what they were going to work on (which I basically already knew from my initial conversations with Paul). My son then went with him and they "did their thing." I saw that he spent some time at the outset teaching my son where things are in the car and how to set his seat and mirrors. They then took off. When they came back, Al got out again to let me know how my son did, and to confirm the next lesson (which had already been pre-arranged). I asked my son about the lesson and found out more detail. He told me Al was great - he was encouraging, but told him when he was doing something wrong and answered his questions as they went along. The second lesson went much the same. Before they went, Al told me that they were going to be doing some highway driving. For the third lesson, he did the same, and told me that they were going to be practicing what they learned and doing some parking. My son told me that Al was a pleasure and felt good about the lessons. Their cars are in great condition and I had no safety concerns. Although the school would have gone to DMV for us to validate the permit if we wanted, I preferred to do it myself. They gave us great instruction about where to go, and when I left questions for Paul, Ruth from the office got back to me immediately. In fact, even though I wrote another email to Paul telling him that Ruth got back to me, he got back to me a little while later anyway, and gave me more helpful information I did not even know to ask. I would highly recommend this driving school.

    • Published 12/10/2013 11:44 AM


      My instructor was Mike. He is the best , he was very professional and I caught on quick. He was able to make me laugh when I was nervous , and that helped a lot. I really appreciate all of your help. Thanks again Mike!

    • Published 7/29/2013 4:49 PM


      professioal and patient

    • Published 5/28/2013 12:29 PM

      Kristin Graham

    • Published 3/26/2013 2:13 PM

      H Cai

      My instructor was Al... I was so nervous but he just kept talking with me so that I could calm down... and the professional instruction makes me want to recommend this driving school to whoever wants excellent driving lessons.

    • Published 3/17/2013 11:29 AM

      tika ram pokhrel

      i wanted to practice drive.

    • Published 1/5/2013 9:26 AM


      I had Diego as my teacher and he did an incredible job. Very patient and informative!

    • Published 7/28/2012 8:18 AM


    • Published 4/20/2012 7:21 PM

      Barry H

      Logged in to make a comment and I'm shocked by the last entry. Our daughter is a special needs kid and had a wonderful experience. We signed her up for 12 hrs of instruction and she couldn't wait for the next lesson! Several of my wife's friends used them and we highly recommend NLDS

    • Published 4/18/2012 9:40 PM


      Too much yelling

    • Published 4/5/2012 8:46 AM



    • Published 2/21/2012 6:46 AM

      Deb S

      Our daughter finished her last lesson with Michael today. He was awesome and she loved working with him. Mike made her feel very comfortable and learned a lot from him. Thank you for what you both did. Our daughter had a fun experience. You will be hearing from us for the road test in Nov.

    • Published 1/28/2012 9:38 AM


    • Published 1/4/2012 7:28 PM

      Jonathan R

      Paul helped me so much before the road test that when the time came, i was pumped and ready to pass ^_^

    • Published 12/22/2011 5:18 AM

      Evelyn E.W.

      I made my one year anniversary - Yippee! Thank you Paul for your skills and guidance. You Can teach an old dog new trick!!

    • Published 12/19/2011 7:30 AM

      Daniel Rosa

      Very professional and informative. The best!

    • Published 12/3/2011 1:28 PM


    • Published 11/28/2011 3:23 PM

      Cristina Tapiero

      I want to thank my New Life Driving instructor Mike. With his help I was able to pass my driving test with ease. Thank you Mike you are the best! God bless you

    • Published 9/16/2011 10:37 AM


      Always called us back in a timely manner, professional, patient, great teachers!

    • Published 9/8/2011 12:01 PM

      Jim M.

      I am a father and am now using New Life for my second child's driving lessons. Al is a great teacher and person, very patient and trustworthy. I would highly recommend him and this driving school to any parent looking for lessons for their child.

    • Published 8/27/2011 8:09 PM


      Al was my teacher. He made me feel very calm I would totally recommend this school

    • Published 5/23/2011 3:59 PM


    • Published 4/14/2011 3:45 PM


      Great school excellent teacher and very comfortable to work with

    • Published 3/4/2011 4:44 AM


      Great school, Mike was an excellent teacher.

    • Published 9/22/2010 5:55 AM


      I found this driving school the best. Their price is also very reasonable. Bill was my instructor who was professional and made me very comfortable behind the wheel. I enjoyed my driving. I highly recommend this school.

    • Published 2/21/2010 4:02 PM


      This driving school is the best out there...very professional owner who ALWAYS calls back! And to the guy who doesnt want him on his road...roads are public property!

    • Published 1/28/2010 3:38 PM


      My instructor John was a very effective teacher. He kept me relaxed so I was not nervous and I was able to enjoy the lesson.

    • Published 1/16/2010 9:25 AM


      Al was really good. He puts you at ease and hes a greate teacher

    • Published 12/19/2009 9:30 PM


      Mike was my teacher. Great teacher. Learned to drive in a week despite my apparently small feet

    • Published 12/19/2009 6:23 AM


      My teacher, Mike, was really good. i was able to stay relax with him and learn very fast and easily!

    • Published 12/9/2009 3:55 PM

      Rock On

      The School is vandubar ( that is berry berry good )

    • Published 8/28/2009 5:42 PM

      lauren & christina

      teacher was micheal. very good .

    • Published 6/17/2009 8:22 AM


      pretty xo cool

    • Published 6/15/2009 7:21 AM


      They did an excellent job teaching my daughter. She had Al and his calming manner really made her feel comfortable. I will definetely use them again when it is my son's turn to learn and would highly recommend them to others.

    • Published 5/25/2009 5:27 PM


      Extremely flexible, superbly nice, very informative... need i say more!

    • Published 5/4/2009 6:40 PM


      my instructor was Al, and he gave me a completely calming view towards driving. he kept me extremely calm and confident and not only taught me the ropes but also to be a smooth driver and how to become a comfortable driver. he taught me the easiest way to parallel park, switch lanes and merge without and problems. he was a very pleasant person to be around and it was a honor to have such a highly qualified instructor. he also gave me many hints and tips for when i go for my driving test. i could go on so thank you very much Al. it was a pleasure going through new life and ill be sure to make plenty of recommendations

    • Published 4/2/2009 1:49 PM


      i had John as my instructor, and he was great. he kept me calm though i was extremely nervous and we were able to have a fun time while i was learning the right way to drive.

    • Published 3/19/2009 8:49 AM


      Instructor John was great. Answered all my questions, was very flexible with my son's sports schedule. My son never felt uncomfortable. Will use again for next child.

    • Published 3/17/2009 1:56 PM


      awesome driving school, the best out there!

    • Published 3/8/2009 8:14 PM


    • Published 2/23/2009 2:13 PM


      Very happy with this school. Our instructor wrote down the steps on how to do parallel parking, which was a great help when we reviewed it right before the driving test!

    • Published 11/6/2008 7:10 AM


      This is a great school with exceptional instructors, i highly recommend them!

    • Published 11/2/2008 10:37 AM

      Excellent Service

      Our driving instructor, John, was exceptional. He made sure that my son felt comfortable behind the wheel. My son has spoken about this instructor in high regard. ever since he completed his six hours. Well done ! I recommend this school to anyone who wants great service.

    • Published 9/21/2008 6:11 AM

      public roads

      The company instructor has no concern regarding the neighborhood in which it practices(out of town, also). Their "laid back" method makes them appear ignorant! Please, PRACTICE IN YOUR OWN TOWN of MIDLAND PARK if you are so accommodating(2m's) and good!!! Perhaps, on SUNDAY MORNING, Midland Park does not have public roads. I also have great concern for what some instructors may be "teaching?" the young drivers. If you need to reach them, they are always in my neighborhood.

    • Published 5/12/2008 12:22 PM


    • Published 12/27/2007 4:55 PM


      I would rate this school very poorly. I agree it takes a great deal of time for them to get back to you even when have completed the course and you need a confirmation certificate for an insurance reduction it took a long time to receive the certificate. I would never recommend them!

    • Published 5/23/2007 2:09 PM


      This driving school is so bad, they never return phone calls untill 24 hours after you called and it takes them forever to get something done.

    • Published 3/29/2007 10:10 AM

      K Rotella

      Completely accomodating and laid back style that perfectly suited my son!

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