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It's hard knowing everything you need to know for getting your Learner's Permit. And while we're not able to provide an answer to EVERY question, we hope you'll find these pages a little helpful.

Be sure to check back often as our Frequently Asked Questions are constantly evolving as we compile and categorize questions from our current customers. And should you not find the question that's on your mind, call us 24/7. We'll be glad to help.

ABOUT CALIFORNIA DRIVER'S ED
How does online Driver's Ed work?

It's simple: As soon as you sign up, you can begin taking lessons. The information is broken up into 8 chapters. After you complete each chapter, you'll be given a 10-question, multiple-choice quiz. At the end of the 30-hour course, you will be given a 50-question final exam. Pass with an 80% (40/50 questions), and you're done!

What's the age requirement for California Driver's Ed?

In order to take Driver's Ed, you must be at least 15 1/2.

How long will it take me to finish the course?

That's entirely up to you! The course is a state-mandated 30 hours long, but with an online course, you decide when you're going to study. Complete the chapters one at a time, or all at once!

What grade do I need to pass the final exam?

In order to pass, you must get 40 of the 50 multiple-choice questions correct (80%). If you don't pass on the first try, you are allowed unlimited free retakes until you do.

What if I don't pass the California online Driver's Ed test?

Not to worry! You're allowed to take the final exam again and again, as many times as it takes to pass — for free!

How soon will I receive my Certificate of Completion?

As soon as you complete the course, we will send you your Certificate of Completion for free. Regular mail usually takes anywhere from 2-8 days. We also offer 3 expedited delivery options: 2-Day Express ($19.95), Overnight Afternoon Delivery ($24.95), and Overnight Morning Delivery ($27.95).

Can I get a refund for my California Driver's Ed course?

We honor a refund request within the first 30 days, minus an $8 refund processing fee.

What are the minimum software requirements for your courses?

The course works with any standard browser like IE or Netscape. There is no requirement of any software installation.

Does your online Drivers Education Course satisfy DMV requirements?

Yes. Our online course is DMV-approved and meets all the requirements needed to obtain your California Learner's Permit.

What if I have questions about the course?

Not to worry! We have a dedicated customer support staff that's available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can email them, call (800) 990-2814, or connect online via live chat.


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HOW DO I GET A DRIVER'S PERMIT
How do I apply for a permit?

Looking to get your driver's permit? Follow the steps on this handy checklist, and you'll be driving in no time!

  • AGE: You must be between 15 1/2 and 18 years old to apply for your permit.
  • APPLICATION: Fill out the DL 44 form that's available at your local DMV office. (Copies are not accepted, must be original).
  • SIGNATURES: Because you are a minor, you'll need to get your parent or legal guardian's signature on the DL 44 before turning it in.
  • VISIT THE DMV: To apply for your permit you have to go down to the DMV in person (If you want to avoid the long lines, make an appointment online!).
  • DRIVER'S ED: If you've already completed Driver's Ed, bring your Certificate of Completion with you.
  • IDENTIFICATION: When you're at the DMV, they will take your photo and your thumbprint.
  • OTHER INFO: Be sure you have your Social Security Number, Birth Certificate, and legal citizen status paperwork.
  • PAYMENT: You will have to pay an application fee, which entitles you to three exams (of any kind) over the course of a year.
  • VISION EXAM: Whether you wear glasses, contacts, or your eyes are fine without, you'll have to pass a vision test. 20/40 vision is the DMV's standard requirement.
  • WRITTEN EXAM: You will also be tested on traffic laws and signs. You're granted three chances to pass this test.
Do I need my parent/guardians consent to get a permit?

If you are under 18 years of age you do. All minors must have their parent(s)' or guardian(s)' signatures on the application form DL 44.

Where do I go to get a permit?

You can go to any California DMV office that issues permits or licenses. To find a DMV office near you, please Click Here or call (800) 777-0133. 

Do I have to make an appointment to get my permit?

Although an appointment is not required for a written exam, for faster service, it is highly recommended. To make an appointment please visit the CA DMV Website.

How much will my permit cost?

As the price changes from time to time, you'll need to check with the DMV for the exact price. Please remember - this fee entitles you to three exams of any type within a year's time including both the instruction permit and the driver license. If all the requirements are not met within the 12-month period, the application is void and all steps must be re-completed.


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OTHER LEARNERS PERMIT QUESTIONS
Can a learner's permit be renewed?

Should the application expire before you've had the provisional permit for six months, you should return to the DMV and start over. You'll have to pay the application fee again and meet the requirements. Be sure to bring along your instruction permit so the time you've spent with it can be credited towards the six-month waiting period mandated before taking your driving test.

How long do I have to have my learner's permit before I can get my license?

You must have held it for a minimum of 6 months time to be eligible for a license.

How can I replace a lost or stolen permit, and how much will it cost?

You need to pay a fee to a DMV office in order to replace a lost or stolen permit/license. Please check with the DMV for the exact costs of the fee.


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HOW TO GET A CALIFORNIA DRIVER'S LICENSE
What are the prerequisites for getting my driver's license?

To apply for a driver's license, you must have:

  • Had a learner's permit for at least 6 months
  • Passed Behind-The-Wheel Instructions
  • Driven the required 50 hours (10 at night)
  • Passed the DMV road test
Do I need my parent/guardian's consent to get a license?

If you are under 18 years of age you need your parents' or guardians' signatures on the application form DL 44.

I'd like to apply for my driver's license, but I'm under 18. What can I do?

If you haven't yet turned 18, but you'd like to graduate from permit to full-fledged license, here's everything you need to do:

  • AGE: You must be at least 16 years old.
  • PERMIT REQUIREMENTS: You must have driven with a permit for at least 6 months.
  • SCHOOL: You must have completed your driver education program.
  • BEHIND THE WHEEL: You must have completed 6 hours of behind-the-wheel (BTW) training with a professional trainer, and an additional 50 hours with an adult 25 or over (the adult must have a valid California driver license, and attest to the 50 hours of BTW practice. In addition, 10 of the 50 hours must have taken place at night).
  • DRIVING TEST:
    • Make an appointment with the DMV
    • Prove that your vehicle is properly insured (provide insurance card, bond number, or other official document with coverage dates).
  • ONCE YOU PASS: After you pass the driving test, you will be issued a 60-day temporary license, while your official driver license is processed. Be sure to double check your address and other contact information with the DMV.
I'd like to apply for my driver's license, and I'm over 18. What can I do?

If you're already older than 18 and you'd like to get your driver's license, here's everything you need to do:

  • GO TO THE DMV: Make an appointment, it will save you time.
  • APPLICATION: Fill out the DL 44 form (no copies, must be original).
  • IDENTIFICATION: Provide the following: Thumbprint, picture, Social Security Number, Birth Certificate (or other valid evidence of birth), and Citizenship paperwork if necessary.
  • PAYMENT: The application fee is $28.
  • VISION EXAM: Whether you wear glasses, contacts, or your eyes are fine without, you'll have to pass a vision test. 20/40 vision is the DMV's standard requirement.

WRITTEN EXAM: You will also be tested on traffic laws and signs. You're granted three chances to pass this test.

Where do I go to get a license?

You can go to any California DMV office that issues permits or licenses. To find a DMV office near you, please Click Here.

Do I have to make an appointment to take the written exam?

Although an appointment is not required for a written exam, for faster service, it is highly recommended. To make an appointment please visit the CA DMV Website.

How much will my license cost?

If you have previously paid for your permit, the cost to get your license is free. However, if you have not paid this fee, you will be required to pay a nominal fee for your license. Please check with the DMV for the exact amount.

How long will it take to have my license mailed to me after I pass the road test?

Your license will be mailed to you within 60 days after passing your road test.

Does my parent/guardian have control over my driving status until I am 18?

Since your parent/guardian is financially responsible for you until your 18th birthday, he/she has a right to have your license taken away.


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