Take California Drivers Ed Online
DMV-Licensed Course from the Drivers Ed Authority
Earning a California drivers license should be simple. We know your goal is to get in the drivers seat as soon as possible and with as little hassle as possible—and we can help you.
How It Works
How does online drivers ed work?
Just create an account (it takes less than a minute), and you're all set to start our approved California drivers ed course. You can pay right away or try up to 20% of the course for free. Either way, you're on the road to completing your California drivers education.
Log in and out whenever you want; from any Internet-connected computer. When you log back in, we'll take you to the exact place you left off. Compare that to spending your weekends in a classroom!
There will be a final exam, but don't worry-you can take it as many times as you need and review the course material as much as you want. Once you pass the test, we'll mail your Certificate of Completion within 1 business day. Shipment by USPS First Class Mail is free, but you can always upgrade the delivery method.
How do I get my drivers license?
Step 1: Complete a DMV-approved California drivers education course
If you're under 17½, in order to get your California learners permit / instruction permit and ultimately your California drivers license, you must take a DMV-approved 30-hour California drivers education course and earn a Certificate of Completion.
With DriversEd.com, you can take your California drivers education course all online and receive an official Certificate of Completion. DriversEd.com is a DMV-approved online provider of the required 30-hour California drivers education course. Our driving school is licensed by the DMV.
Step 2: Study for the California learners permit / instruction permit test
To earn the California provisional instruction permit and eventually the California drivers license, everyone regardless of age must pass a knowledge test on traffic laws and signs. 70% of test-takers fail on their first try and end up returning to the DMV.
A proven way to increase your chances of passing your learners permit test is with up-to-date online California permit practice tests. Randomly generated questions test your driving knowledge and prepare you for the real deal.
Fifty online practice permit tests come free with our California drivers education course.
Step 3: Apply for the California learners permit / instruction permit
When you're ready to take your written permit test, save time by scheduling your test appointment at your local DMV location by calling 1-800-777-0133 or going to the California DMV website.
To be eligible for the California instruction permit, you must:
- Be at least 15½ years old.
- Submit a completed application form DL 44-available at the DMV office. A parent or guardian must sign this application if you're under 18.
- Provide your Social Security number.
- Give proof of your birth date and legal residence (originals or certified copies only). View acceptable documents.
- Submit a Certificate of Completion from a DMV-approved California drivers education course if you're under 17½.
- Give your thumb print.
- Pay the application fee. This fee entitles you to three exams of any type within the 12 month period and pays for both your provisional instruction permit and your drivers license. If all requirements are not met within the 12 month period, the application becomes void and all steps must be completed again.
- Pass a vision exam.
- Pass a traffic laws and sign test. There are 46 questions on the test. You'll have to answer at least 39 questions correctly. You have three chances to pass the test. If you fail, you must wait seven days before taking the test again.
Once you pass the test, you will be issued a provisional instruction permit.
Step 4: Practice driving under supervision
Once you have your California provisional instruction permit, you'll need to practice driving under supervision. A parent, guardian, spouse or adult 25 years of age or older, who has a valid California drivers license, must be with you at all times when you drive.
To get your license before you turn 18, you'll need to practice driving for at least 6 months before you take the driving test. You must also complete the following:
- Take 6 hours of drivers training with a professional driving school, and
- Complete 50 hours (10 at night) of practice driving with a parent, guardian, or other adult 25 years or older. The adult must have a valid California drivers license and certify 50 hours of practice driving.
Step 5: Take the driving test for your California drivers license
When you're ready to take the driving test, make an appointment with your local DMV by calling 1-800-777-0133 or visiting the California DMV website.
To take your driving test, you must:
- Be at least 16 years old.
- Have your permit for a minimum of 6 months.
- Have completed a DMV-approved California drivers education course (if you're under 17½).
- Have completed 6 hours of professional drivers training (if you're under 17½).
- Have completed 50 hours (including 10 hours of night driving) of practice with a licensed adult who is 25 years or older (if you're under 18).
- Show proof of birth date and legal presence using one of the documents listed above in Step 2.
- Show proof of insurance for the vehicle you will be using for your driving test.
Can I access the course using a mobile device?
Absolutely. Our course is accessible from your desktop, laptop, or mobile device. You can switch between the mobile site and the full desktop site whenever you want.
Who needs to take California drivers education?
If you're between 15½ and 17½ years old and want to get a California learners permit (provisional instruction permit), you'll need to complete a DMV-approved drivers education course.
DriversEd.com's online course is DMV-approved and fulfills the California drivers education requirement for new drivers under 17. But no matter how old you are, if you want to learn about driving in California and plan to obtain a California drivers license, you can take this course.
Does the DriversEd.com course satisfy DMV requirements?
Yes. Our course is DMV-approved and is equivalent to the regular 30-hour, in-class drivers education course. After you complete our course, you will receive a DMV-accepted Certificate of Completion (DL 400C).
What exactly is drivers education and drivers training?
Drivers Education is a class that teaches you the rules of the road, vehicle safety, etc., so you're ready to pass your written permit test. Our California drivers education course is DMV-approved so new drivers under 17½ can complete their class entirely online.
Drivers Training is the in-car driving lessons with a licensed driving instructor. In California, if you are under 17½, you must take 6 hours of drivers training to take your road test later on.
Can I try the California course before I have to pay?
Of course! You can take up to 20% of the course before you need to make a payment.
How long will it take for me to finish the course?
That depends on your individual pace. In California, all drivers education courses must be at least 30 hours. The good news is that with DriversEd.com, you can always go at your own pace and log in and out at your convenience. Think how fast time flies if you do 20 minutes here and there!
How do I access the 50 free practice permit tests?
After payment, your free practice permit tests will become accessible from your online DriversEd.com account.
When will I receive my Certificate of Completion?
After you complete the DriversEd.com course, we will mail your Certificate of Completion (DL 400C) for free and within 1 business day. All certificates are mailed via First Class Mail by default.
If you need your certificate faster, you can upgrade to FedEx shipping for an additional charge.
- FedEx 3 day = $15
- FedEx Overnight = $25
Please note that FedEx does not deliver to P.O. Boxes.
Can I get my Certificate of Completion faster?
Of course. You can upgrade your delivery method in your DriversEd.com account or by calling us at 888-651-2886.
How do I get another copy of my Certificate of Completion?
If you lose your certificate, you can simply request a duplicate in your DriversEd.com account. Under your certificate delivery details, there will be a link to request a duplicate certificate.
Will I need to take in-car driving lessons after this course?
California law requires all new drivers under 17 ½ take at least 6 hours of drivers training (in-car driving lessons).
After you complete our online drivers education course, you'll need to sign up with a licensed driving school. To take your instruction permit written test, you'll need the Certificate of Completion you receive from DriversEd.com.
Pricing and Payment
How much does the course cost?
The cost for our California drivers education online course is $99.
What's included in the course fee?
The $99 DriversEd.com course fee covers your online California drivers education course, a DMV-recognized Certificate of Completion sent to you by First Class Mail, and 50 free practice permit tests to help you prepare for your written permit test.
Once you complete the course, you also get unlimited access to the course material-that means you can review the course for as long as you need!
How do I make a payment?
You can pay online using VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or PayPal. You can also pay by credit card by calling our customer service at 888-651-2886.
Please note that prepaid debit/gift cards issued by VISA, MasterCard, American Express, etc., cannot be used online. Please call us, and we'll be happy to process your payment.
If you would like to pay by check or money order, just mail your payment along with your username to:DriversEd.com
Attn: Billing Dept.
P.O. Box 238
Oakland, CA 94604-0238
Once we receive payment, we'll send you a confirmation email and update your course account.
Is it safe to use my credit card online?
What is the refund policy?
While we're sure that you'll enjoy our California drivers education course, if for some reason you'd like a refund, here's our policy:
DriversEd.com will issue a full tuition refund if you have not completed the California course and a Certificate of Completion has not been mailed.
DriversEd.com will not issue refunds if you've completed the online course and a Certificate of Completion has been mailed.
To request a refund, call us toll free at 888-651-2886.
Also if you have any suggestions, feel free to send us an email or call us. We always like hearing from you, as it helps us do our job better.