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Driver's Education in California

Most new drivers in California are required to successfully complete a State-approved driver's education program in order to obtain a California driver's license. In fact, for many applicants, the driver's education certificate of completion is part of the actual driver's license application.


  • California residents under the age of 18 must hold a learner's permit till they turn 18, and also complete a State-approved driver's education program before applying for a new license.
  • California residents 17 years and 6 months old and older who have never held a license from California, or any other US state or foreign country, must hold a learner's permit for a minimum of six months, or complete a State-approved driver's education program before applying for a new license.


Driver's education courses are offered through both public and private school programs, all of which must be approved by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Driving schools, licensed by the Department of Motor Vehicles, cover the same course content.


While driver's education courses vary from one school to another, all licensed programs must include the following components:

  • Twenty-five hours of classroom training, focusing on issues including alcohol safety and drug abuse awareness, defensive driving, motorcycle awareness and organ and tissue donation; and five hours of films related to driver education.
  • In-car instruction sessions by a qualified instructor, including six hours of professional driver training.

After the successful completion of the driver's education course, your driving school will a send a copy of the completion certificate to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, after which you may be issued a permanent driver's license. Drivers under the age of 18 must have their certificate signed and authorized by a parent or legal guardian, who must certify that the student has had at least 50 hours of driving practice, including at least 10 evening or nighttime hours.


In addition to the core requirements of a driver's education course, many driving schools in California offer optional programs that focus on particular aspects of driver education. Specialized courses include Auto Insurance Discount Courses or Defensive Driving courses, either of which may qualify students for a discount on auto insurance. These and other courses may also enable students to reduce points on their license, and/or get their license back sooner after a suspension. See our section on California driving schools for more information.


Reviews of Driver's Education in California

So I just turn 17 last week, i have to take driving eds and get a certificate and take my permit test then wait 6 months to get my license right?

hi I am 14 and I past driver Ed from freshmen studies. I'm just wondering how long does the pike slip last you till

I took this online drivers ed on and havent gotten my certificate when I was supposed to. Supposedly I put something wrong in the address. So what im wondering is if this is a legit site and not a scam and that it is dmv approved

What do i need to bring to the DMV on my appoinment date for my written exam?? in Montebello,Ca?

how do i make an appointment for the dmv driver's test??

on the list to the left under go to dmv contact information. Hopefully you are already signed in with your state and when you scroll down there will be your dmv's number call and make an appointment

how much i the fee for the actual licence card?

i paid 31

Im 15 1/2 and i am looking for a driving school in Rialto, San Bernardino, or Fontana.

I paid $9.95 to you for purchasing a driver's license written test pratice. You said send me userID and password by email but after I waited for one day, you did not send me any email. I called you but only an answering machine is on. I left a message and sent you an email to ask for your answer/reply, but still nothing happened. I paid for your product and service but did not receive them, do I have to go to my bank to dispute your charge?

How do I start the process of a permit i'll be 15 and a half in december


i was a softmore at DEL CAMO HIGH SCHOOL and i took Drivers ED i didnt finish out the 9 weeks in it. because i had moved to Corning.. i was wondering what do i have to do to get my permit???

i think you have to take the drievers ed class again or you can just take it online that what im going to do

Just do it online


i already have my blue can i get my white certificate and 6 hours behind the wheel certificate ??

I would like to know the same exact thing , what website do i go to and what do i do after im finished

How can i take drivers ed online? what websites? and what do i do after completing the course?

How old do u have to be to get your permit

you have to be at least 15 and a half to get a permit and 17 and a half to get a license.

hey whats up youngs ones getting ready to hit the road

my school doesn't provide a driver's ed course, how would i go about getting instructed?

im Korean

hey whats up korean

is there anyway to get your drivers education online???

is there a way i can do my drivers education online?????


hey does any one kno if i can get my permit while taking drivers ed or do i have to wait untill i finish drivers ed, i turn 151/2 this augast and i want to get my permit as quickly as possible