A Step-By-Step Guide to Online California Driver’s Education


Want to get your California driver's license without going to a physical classroom? After all, going somewhere is inconvenient when you can’t drive there! The good news is that you can take an online driver’s education course, such as Aceable’s California DMV-approved course, to fulfill your driver’s education requirements.

Our course meets the requirements of the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), so you won’t have to worry about getting to a classroom. In fact, anywhere can be your classroom. Our online course allows you to learn wherever you’d like, and at your own pace.

Ready to get started? If you are between the ages of 15.5 and 18, then you’ll need to complete these steps:

  1. Sign up for a state-approved driver’s education course.

  2. Receive your certificate of completion.

  3. Prepare for your trip to the DMV.

  4. Go to the DMV.

  5. Complete behind-the-wheel training.

  6. Get your California driver license.

How to Complete Online Driver’s Ed in California

Step 1 - Sign Up for a Course

Driving is a big responsibility, so it’s important to find a driver’s education course that will work for you. It’s a big decision, so take your time and check out the California DMV’s information on choosing a driving school


Of course, you might find when comparing schools that Aceable’s online driver’s education course looks like a great choice. If you do choose Aceable, you’ll see that our course includes:

  • 30 hours of entertaining, self-paced lessons

  • Pictures, videos, games and voiceovers to make the content engaging

  • Questions to check for understanding and make sure you’re ready to ace your test

Step 2 - Receive your Certificate of Completion

Once you’ve finished the course, you’ll receive a free certificate of completion in the mail. You’ll want to hold off on framing it and putting it on your wall though, because you’ll need to bring it with you to the DMV to get your permit.


Step 3 - Prepare for Your Trip to the DMV

There are a few things you’ll want to do before going to the DMV:

  • Prepare for the permit test.

  • Apply for your driver license online.

  • Gather the documents you’ll take with you to the DMV.


Prepare for the Permit Test

It’s important to study for your permit test before you head to the DMV – and Aceable’s got ya! Aceable’s online driver’s education course comes with practice tests that you can take as many times as you need to feel prepared. You can also check out these study resources provided on the DMV website.


Apply for Your Driver License Online

Head over to dmv.ca.gov to complete your driver’s license application. You’ll need to create a login, and have a parent or legal guardian handy to sign the application as well (yep, they can do that online). 


And, while you’re online, now would be a great time to schedule an appointment at the DMV to get your permit! 


Gather Your Documents

There are quite a few documents you’ll need to take with you to the DMV when you go to get your permit. But don’t worry, we’ve put together a checklist of the items you’ll need to bring with you so you’ll be prepared.


And of course, don’t forget to bring your parent or legal guardian!

Step 4 - Go to the DMV

Now’s the time to get those items you gathered and get to your local DMV! While you’re there, you’ll:

  • Present the documents you gathered in the previous step

  • Pay an application fee

  • Provide your thumbprint

  • Take a vision test

  • Have your picture taken for you permit

  • Take a knowledge exam


You’ll need to get 38 out of 46 questions on the exam correct in order to pass it. Once you’ve passed the exam, you’ll be issued a permit. At this point you are ready to begin learning behind-the-wheel!

Step 5 - Complete Behind-the-Wheel Training

When it comes to your behind-the-wheel training, you’ll complete six hours with a professional instructor, but most of the hours you’ll complete with your parent or legal guardian. 

The very first thing you’ll need to do is complete the first two hours with a professional driving instructor. After you finish, the instructor will sign your permit (your permit isn’t valid until you get that signature!) and you’ll be set to start driving with your parent or guardian to fulfill the 50 hours of required driving instruction.

To successfully complete the required hours of driving, you’ll need to complete at least 10 hours of driving practice at night. You’ll also need to schedule four more hours of driving with a professional driving instructor.

Step 6 - Get Your California Driver License

Once you’ve had your permit for at least six months and completed your behind-the-wheel training hours, you’ll be ready to take your driving test! 

To make sure you’re prepared, the DMV website provides resources to help you get ready for your test. You’ll want to review these items, including the:

When you’re ready, schedule your behind-the-wheel driving test on the DMV website. When you head out to the DMV, make sure to bring proof that your vehicle is properly insured. All that’s left now is to pass your driving test. 

Hopefully you’ve done your best to prepare for the test. If you fail the test, it’ll be a bummer – but it’s not the end of the world! You’ll just have to wait 14 days until you can take the test again and pay a fee of $7 to retest. 

When you pass the driving test you’ll get a temporary license. You’ll use that until your official, plastic license comes in the mail – and what an exciting day that will be! 

Are you ready to begin this journey and earn your driver license? Start today by signing up for Aceable’s online driver’s education course!

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