We've partnered with TeenDrivingOnline.com—from Traffic Safety Consultants, Inc., a nationwide leader in the traffic safety education industry—to present a fun, easy, and informative California driver education course. This driver education program has been officially licensed by the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Let's face it: You want a driver education program that you can "cruise" through, not one that "drives" you crazy! We're serious about safety, but we think driving should be fun! We make sure that, as a new driver, you know the rules of the road and develop defensive driving habits—but we make sure you have a good time learning safe-driving techniques!
Our driver education program is simple and convenient. The easy-to-read text is supplemented with informative photos, colorful charts and illustrations, streaming video clips, and interactive activities that thoroughly explain the subject matter and make learning fun.
This online driver education course is designed to present 30 hours of instructional material (the state-required minimum). However, the course is broken into manageable, easy-to-digest lessons, and the system remembers your progress if you sign out. Work through the program at your own pace—as quickly or as slowly as you like. The website is available 24/7, and you can complete this online course on your smartphone, tablet, or other Internet-enabled device.
A short, multiple-choice quiz follows each chapter, to help you review. Once you've completed the reading material, you'll take a 50-question, multiple-choice exam. But don't worry—you're guaranteed to pass. You only need to score an 80%, and you can take another exam as many times as you need to in order to pass. And once you're done, you can head to the DMV to get your learner's permit and start your behind-the-wheel training!
Upon your successful completion of the program, your original Certificate of Completion will be mailed from Traffic Safety Consultants, Inc., directly to you. You'll need this document to take the DMV written exam. (Certificates are processed on the business day following your completion. Expedited shipping options are available if you need your certificate right away.) Please call (877) 550-0476 or email to email@example.com if you have any questions about our online course or your Certificate of Completion and shipping options.
Learning to drive and getting your license can be exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. It's natural to be confused about the licensing process: There are a lot of regulations, and it seems complicated. Fortunately, we have an easy-to-follow guide to assist you through the process. Here's how to get your license, in five easy steps:
If you're under 18 years of age, you must successfully complete a driver education course before you can obtain a provisional permit in California. While California specifies no minimum age at which a teen may start driver education, you cannot earn your provisional permit until you're at least 15½ years old. We recommend, therefore, that prospective motorists start their driver education sometime between the ages of 15 and 15½. That will give you plenty of time to truly learn and know the material, yet the information will still be fresh in your mind when you go to take the written test for your permit.
Upon passing a driver education course, you'll be issued an official Certificate of Completion. Be sure to take this document with you when you go to the DMV to apply for your permit! In order to take the DMV's written exam, you'll have to present:
To get your permit, you'll need to go to a DMV office. Dealing with a government agency can be stressful—but don't worry. If you're prepared, things will go much more smoothly!
For starters, we strongly encourage you to make an appointment in advance.
Also, be sure that all of your paperwork is in order before you head to a DMV office to apply for your permit. To apply for your provisional permit, you must be at least 15½, but under 18 years of age. You will also need to:
Click here for this list as a printable checklist.
(The DMV provides handy checklists detailing what you need.)
Your instruction permit is not valid until you start your behind-the-wheel training with an instructor or you reach age 17½.
State law requires that you complete at least six hours of driver training with a professional instructor. Legally, you must do so before starting parent-/guardian-supervised practice driving.
Driving is one of the most dangerous things you're likely to do on a daily basis, and it pays to know how to do it well. While it's possible to obtain a license with just six hours of driver training, we strongly encourage you to complete 12 – 18 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction. You'll be a better driver for it!
Congratulations! You've passed driver education and you've finished your behind-the-wheel training. You must wait at least six months from the time you got your permit before you may apply for your first driver license. During that time, you're expected to practice your driving under parent/guardian supervision. Prospective licensees are required to complete:
Use this time to get as much practice as you can. While your parent/guardian must certify that you've completed at least 50 hours of practice driving, as with driver training we strongly recommend that you get 2 – 3 times the required minimum!
To help you keep track of your supervised practice driving, you can download our handy practice driving log.
While driving is a serious responsibility, remember that it should also be fun! Try to stay calm behind the wheel, and don't get too frustrated. Remember to be courteous to other users of the road and that a friendly wave can do a lot to smooth things over with others if you make a mistake. With a little experience, you'll be just fine!
To apply for your first driver license, you must be at least 16 years old and have held your permit for at least six months.
Again, you'll need to make a trip to a DMV office. And this time, you must make an appointment to take your driving exam.
You will need to take with you:
(The DMV provides handy checklists detailing what you need.)
Then you'll just need to pass the driving exam and you'll be a licensed driver!
Remember: You must make an appointment at the DMV office to take your driving test!
The State of California has a graduated driver license system, which grants to drivers more privileges as they gain experience behind the wheel. The license that you will be issued before you are 18 years of age is called a provisional license, which is a form of restricted license. If you are a new driver who is at least 16 years old, but younger than 18, you must observe these restrictions:
Your failure to observe these restrictions could lead to court-ordered community service or a fine. A citation (ticket) will be issued if you are stopped for another violation.
Remember that maintaining a clean driving record is especially important during this time! A citation or an at-fault crash will result in a warning from the DMV. Further, such incidents will result in your license being (further) restricted or suspended, and can keep you from getting your full license in a timely manner.
You get a full license when you turn 18—if you have no DMV- or court-ordered restrictions or suspensions. You don't even have to go back to a DMV office to get it; the DMV will "upgrade" you automatically.