DMV Course #E2017

California DMV-Approved Drivers Ed

  • CA DMV-approved teen course for earning a permit
  • Complete drivers ed requirements from your smartphone or computer.
  • Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars. Over 350,000 families choose Aceable
$49 START DRIVERS ED
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Drivers Ed for California Teens Aged 15 1/2 – 17 1/2

You want California drivers ed that’s convenient and comprehensive. Our mobile-friendly course means parents don’t have to drive teens to class, and our bite-sized, interactive content keeps students engaged and learning. Our course is accredited by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and completely replaces classroom drivers ed. Certificate of completion included!

Fast. Easy. State Certified.

We’re the easy and convenient way for California teens to meet DMV requirements for drivers ed.

Anything but boring

Gamified quizzes, video and voiceover suit any learning style. Master safe driving through proven education methods that encourage teenage student involvement. This course is much more engaging than your standard driving schools or other online teen driver training.

Customer Service Who Cares

Do everything yourself with easy-to-use tools. When you need us, our knowledgeable team is available on phone, chat or social media every day. We're happy to answer any questions you have regarding your course, the CA DMV, your California permit and much more.

How Aceable Works

Stop hitching rides to school and work. Aceable simplifies drivers ed and makes sure you get a license as soon as possible. Hello, independence.

1 | Purchase Aceable

Buy our DMV approved online driver education course for students ages 15.5 and up. If you want to try it out first, we offer the first few chapters free! Aceable’s course has pictures, videos, memes, voiceovers, text, and pop-up questions – we like to mix it up and keep it interesting.

2 | Take the Course

Our California drivers ed course is 30 hours of entertaining content. It’s all self-paced so you can start and stop as you like. Plus, it never expires. We’ll mail you a Certificate of Completion of Driver Education for free once you’re done with the course. Join the thousands of Aceable California drivers who love our course.

3 | Prep For the Test

Study for the DMV permit test with unlimited practice tests in-app. It's important that you prepare for the written exam before heading to the DMV. You’ll need to get at least 38 out of 46 questions correct, and you have three chances to pass the test. If you fail, you must wait seven days before taking the test again.

4 | Ace Your California Permit Test

Head to the DMV to ace your written test and get your permit! Make an appointment first, because the California DMV doesn’t take walk-ins! You’ll also need to provide a fingerprint and signature, pass a vision exam, and take a picture. With your California learner permit in hand, you’re ready to start driving school.

5 | Start Behind-the-Wheel Training

Take your first two-hour lesson with a professional instructor at a traffic school, who will sign your permit. You can’t legally drive until you have your first behind-the-wheel lesson with a professional instructor. After your first two-hour lesson with a professional instructor, you can start on the 50 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction (10 of which must be done at night) with a parent, guardian, spouse, or adult who is 25 years old or older and has a valid California driver license. You’ll need to complete two more 2-hour lessons with a professional instructor (that’s six hours total of professional instruction) before you can get your license.

6 | Get Your California Drivers License

Within 6-12 months of getting your permit, after completing driving school, and when you’re at least 16 years old, head to the DMV to take the driving test and get your license! If you fail your driving test, you must wait two weeks before you can take it again. You have three chances to pass. When you pass, the DMV will issue you an interim license that’s valid for 90 days. Your new photo driver license will arrive in the mail. Until then, always have your interim license with you when you drive. In the meantime, you can’t transport passengers who are under the age of 20, and you can’t drive between 11pm and 5am. After you turn 18, these restrictions don’t apply.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to take professional driving lessons?

If you are 15.5 – 17.5 years old, you are required to take three (3) two-hour lessons with a professional driving instructor.If you are 17.5 years old or older, you aren’t required to take any professional driving lessons. Instead, if you’re 17.5 – 18 years old you can practice driving with a parent, guardian, spouse, or adult who is at least 25 years old or older and has a valid California driver license. You can then head to the DMV to take the driving test when you’re officially 18 years old.If you’re 18 years old or older, you can practice with any adult who is at least 18 years old or older and has a valid California driver license. You can head back to the DMV to take the driving test whenever you feel ready to ace the test!

How do I complete the required behind-the-wheel driving hours?

For students who are 15.5 – 17.5 years old, you’ll need to enroll in a two-hour driving lesson with a professional instructor once you have your permit. After this initial two hour lesson, the instructor will sign the back of your permit and you can start working on the 50 hours of behind-the-wheel practice with your parents or guardians. Before getting your license, you’ll also need to complete two (2) additional two-hour lessons with a professional instructor.  

I lost my certificate. Can I get another one?

If you need another copy of your certificate, you can easily order one from Aceable for only $10 here. If you’re having trouble making your purchase, please contact us.

What are the steps to California Drivers Ed?

If you’re 15.5 – 17.5 years old, here are the steps you need to take:

  1. Take Aceable’s 30-hour California Drivers Ed course and wait for your Certificate of Completion in the mail.
  2. Head to the DMV to take your vision and written tests. After passing these tests, you’ll be given your permit.
  3. Complete a two-hour lesson with a professional driving instructor and have them sign your permit. After this lesson, you can start on the 50 hours of behind-the-wheel practice with your parents or guardians. You’ll also need to complete two more two-hour lessons with a professional driving instructor.
  4. Head to the DMV to take the driving test and get your license!
For more detailed step-by-step directions, as well as directions for students who are older than 17.5 years old, check out our blog here.

What do I bring to the DMV to get my license?

If you’re younger than 18 years old, you’ll need to bring the following:

  • Your permit (with the second page signed by your parents, verifying they’ve provided 50 hours of instruction, 10 of which are at night)
  • Completion of Behind-the-Wheel Training (DL 388) from your professional driving instructor
  • Proof of financial responsibility, such as a liability insurance policy, surety bond number, or current copy of insurance policy that shows that your vehicle is properly insured. Click here for a list of acceptable documents. Your driving test will be postponed if you don’t provide this document.
If you’re 18 years old or older, you’ll need to bring the following:
  • Your permit
  • Proof of financial responsibility, such as a liability insurance policy, surety bond number, or current copy of insurance policy that shows that your vehicle is properly insured. Click here for a list of acceptable documents. Your driving test will be postponed if you don’t provide this document.

What do I bring to the DMV to get my permit?

If you’re 15.5 – 17.5 years old, you’ll need to bring:

  • An original and completed DL 44 (Driver License Application) with your parents’ or guardians’ signatures. You can get the DL 44 at your local DMV office or have it mailed to you by calling 1-800-777-0133.
  • Your social security number (you aren’t required to bring your social security card but you will need to know your social security number)
  • An original or certified copy of a document verifying your birth date and legal presence (US birth certificate, US passport, permanent or temporary resident card, etc.). Click here for a list of acceptable documents.
  • Two (2) proofs of California residency (rental or lease agreement, deed or title to residential property, mortgage bill, utility bills, school documents, medical documents, employment documents, etc.). Click here for a full list of acceptable documents. The address on the residency documents must match the residency address on the DL-44 application. Photocopies are acceptable.
    • Parents, legal guardians, or children can use a birth certificate and spouses or domestic partners can use a marriage license or domestic partner registration certificate to trace their relationship to the individual named in the two acceptable residency documents.
  • $34 application fee. This fee is good for three exams within the 12-month period and pays for both your permit and driver license. If you don’t obtain your license within the 12-month period you must go through the application process again.
  • Certificate of Completion of Driver Education (we mail this to you when you complete your Aceable course)
Click here for a list of documents to bring if you are older than 17.5 years old.

What happens if I fail a level assessment?

At the end of each of the ten levels is a level assessment consisting of 10 questions. The questions will be a mix of multiple-choice and true/false questions. You must score at least 70% or better (at least 7 out of 10 questions correct) in order to pass and go on to the next level.If you fail a level assessment, you can take it again. There is no limit on how many times you can take a level assessment and you don’t have to pay again to take a level assessment more than once.

What happens if I fail the final exam?

There will be a final exam at the very end of the course. It will have 50 questions, and you must scores at least 70% or better (at least 35 out of 50 questions correct) in order to pass and receive a Certificate of Completion from Aceable.If you fail the final exam, you can take it again. There is no limit on how many times you can take the exam and you don’t have to pay again to take it multiple times.Passing this final exam proves to the state of California that you passed your drivers ed course. You’ll still have to take and pass a written knowledge exam at the DMV to get your permit.

What tests do I take at the DMV to get my permit?

You’ll take the vision and written permit tests at the DMV in order to get your permit. You’ll also need to provide a fingerprint and signature, and take a picture.

When can I get my license?

If you’re 15.5 – 17.5 years old, you can get your license when you meet all of the following requirements:

  • You are at least 16 years old.
  • You’ve held your permit for at least six months.
  • You’ve completed three (3) two-hour lessons with a professional driving instructor.
  • You’ve completed all 50 hours of behind-the-wheel practice with your parents or guardians.

When can I get my permit?

You can get your permit when you meet both of the following requirements:

  • You are at least 15.5 years old.
  • You have completed all 30 hours of your Aceable California Drivers Ed course and received a Certificate of Completion from us in the mail.

When will I get my Certificate of Completion?

Your Certificate of Completion will be mailed to you. The course comes with free standard shipping via the US Postal Service (USPS), and certificates sent out using this option should arrive within 5-12 business days.You can also purchase expedited shipping when you reach the end of the course. Here are the prices:

  • Next-Day – $45
  • Saturday Next-Day – $55
  • Second Day – $35
  • Third Day – $10

How Do I Find a Behind-The-Wheel Driving Instructor?

After completing online drivers ed and obtaining a permit, a teen needs to complete behind-the-wheel instruction with a local driving school.

Choose your city below to find an accredited and licensed driving instructor near you

If your city is not listed above, check with the California DMV.

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