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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
If you're 15.5 – 17.5 years old, here are the steps you need to take:
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.
If you're younger than 18 years old, you'll need to bring the following:
If you're 18 years old or older, you'll need to bring the following:
If you're 15.5 – 17.5 years old, you'll need to bring:
Click here for a list of documents to bring if you are older than 17.5 years old.
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.
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.
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.
If you're 15.5 – 17.5 years old, you can get your license when you meet all of the following requirements:
You can get your permit when you meet both of the following requirements:
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:
After completing online drivers ed and obtaining a permit, a teen needs to complete behind-the-wheel instruction with a local driving school.
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