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United Driving School is the York County’s most experienced driving school.  Since starting our business in 2002, we’ve offered one-on-one driving instruction for teens and adults in York County, Chester County, and Lancaster County.  We are a local and family owned business.  Creating safe drivers and saving lives is our primary goal.

United Driving School is owned and operated by professionals with years of experience and knowledge about the rules and requirements of SC.  They include retired SC DMV Managers and a retired SC State Trooper.  Many of our instructors are current or former State Troopers or local Law Enforcement personnel.  We also have coaches, teachers and principals working as instructors.  Our staff includes both male and female driving instructors.  For your convenience, our driving instructors will pick up and drop off students from school or home.

Our driver education courses fulfill the SCDMV requirements for new drivers to get conditional and restricted licenses. United Driving School was one of only three driving schools in York, Chester, and Lancaster counties picked to participate in SCDMV’s Class D Third Party Pilot Program.  Although this program has since opened up to all driving schools in the state, our driving instructors were some of the first in the area to give the skills and knowledge tests that are required to obtain a first time Class D beginner’s permit or driver’s license.

Our Team

Our highly trained staff takes pride in helping to create safe and confident drivers. Check out their profiles below.

Our OwnersSince 2002

Bill McKinneyCo-Owner

Retired Lieutenant with the SC Highway Patrol with 31 years of service. He is an Instructor, Safety Officer and Driver’s License Examiner at UDS.

Donna FerrellCo-Owner

Retired District Manager at the SC DMV with 31 years of service. She is an Instructor, Safety Officer and Driver’s License Examiner at UDS.

Teenie McKinneyCo-Owner

Retired Branch Manager at the SC DMV with 31 years of service. She is an Instructor, Safety Officer and Driver’s License Examiner at UDS.

Jeff AndersonDriving Instructor

Retired Law Enforcement: Fort Mill Police Department with 30 years of service. Employed with UDS since 2016.

Richard BallDriving Instructor

Driver’s License Examiner. Principal of York Middle School. Employed with UDS since 2016.

Paula BlackwellDriving Instructor

PE Teacher and Coach for York School District. B.S. from University of South Carolina and an M.S. from Winthrop University. Employed with UDS since 2015.

Tony BreedenDriving Instructor

Law Enforcement: Rock Hill Police Department. Employed with UDS since 2015.

Brian BurrellDriving Instructor

Law Enforcement: York Police Department. Employed with UDS since 2015.

Matt ElliottDriving Instructor

PE Teacher and Coach for York School District. Employed with UDS since 2015.

Mike HelmsDriving Instructor

Teaching Assistant and Coach at Rock Hill School District. Employed with UDS since 2017.

Jerry HoneycuttDriving Instructor

PE Teacher and Coach at Fort Mill School District. Employed with UDS since 2016.

Travis McKinneyDriving Instructor

Driver’s License Examiner Law Enforcement, SC Highway Patrol. Employed with UDS Since 2012.

Ray SappDriving Instructor

Driver’s License Examiner Retired Law Enforcement with SC Highway Patrol for 30 years of service. Employed with UDS since 2008.

Eddie SextonDriving Instructor

Driver’s License Examiner B.A. from University of South Carolina. Employed with UDS since 2014.

Jamee SextonDriving Instructor

PE Teacher and Coach at York School District. B.S. from Winthrop University Employed with UDS since 2014.

Joe TateDriving Instructor

Driver’s License Examiner Retired Law Enforcement from SC Highway Patrol with 30 years of service Employed with UDS since 2016.

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You can contact United Driving School 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 803-366-0062. Payment plans are available to make our driver education courses fit any budget. Call today to learn more!
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