An overview of our California program

We have everything you need to earn your California license online!

Our online driver education courses are fun, interactive, and convenient. Upon completion of our permit course, you can begin driving with an instructor.

Other course features:

  • Automatic progress tracking so you when you log off the system will pick up exactly where you left off
  • Unlimited access to review course material
  • Unlimited chances to pass your online final exam
  • DMV certificate of completion mailed directly to you
  • Try before you buy - take the entire course up until the final exam without paying


California Online Driver Education and California Licensing Procedures

So you’re about to begin driving in California? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve put together a brief summary of important things you will need to know as you work your way through California’s graduated drivers license program. You may want to keep this handy for the next several years until you have received your regular, full-fledged drivers license. Remember, this is only a summary. For complete information, please visit the California Dept. of Motor Vehicles’ website at

California Provisional Permit  (aka "Learners Permit" or "Instructional Permit")

You need to be at least 15 years, 6 months old to apply for a California provisional permit (or learners permit). If you are under 17 years, 6 months old, you must also have either completed or be currently enrolled a state-approved drivers education course.

When you’re ready to take your provisional license test, be sure to take the following with you to your local DMV office:

  • $31.00 for the application fee (we recommend that you verify the fee with the California DMV, as fees are subject to change).
  • A completed, original Form DL 44, which must be signed by your parents (a photocopy of this form will not be accepted).
  • Proof of your date of birth and legal presence in the United States (an original or certified copy of your birth certificate should suffice).
  • If your current legal name is different from your birth name, please bring original court documents, certifying your change of legal name.
  • Your Social Security Card. If you don’t have one, you will at least need to provide the DMV office with your S.S. # so they can verify it with the Social Security Administration office.
  • DMV Form DL400C (this is the certificate of completion you will receive from CyberEdDriverEd after you finish the online driver education course).

You will need to pass both a vision test and the written, traffic-laws test.  You will need to answer at least 39 questions (out of a total of 46) to pass the written test. If you fail the written test, you may retake the test two (2) more times the same day. However, after the third (3rd) failure, you will need to wait at least seven (7) days to go back and take the test again.

Once you pass both the vision and written tests, you will be issued a California Provisional Drivers License. At this point, you are free to begin practice driving so long as there is a licensed driver who’s at least 25 years old, sitting next to you in the front passenger seat. You are not permitted to drive alone.

California Provisional License

After you’ve had your provisional permit for at least six (6) months and you have passed your 16th birthday, you are eligible to upgrade to a provisional license (yes, passing a road test is required here!).

Here’s what you will need to take with you to the local DMV office:

  • Your provisional permit
  • Proof you have completed a state-approved online drivers education course (Form DL400C). [NOTE: if you are at least 17 years, 6 months when you take your provisional license test, the drivers education requirement does not apply to you].
  • Proof that you have completed six (6) hours of behind-the-wheel training from a professional driving instructor
  • Your parents (or guardians) need to have signed your instruction permit indicating that you’ve completed at least 50 hours of behind-the-wheel training (10 of which must have been at night).

You will have three (3) chances to pass the road test. If you fail it, you must wait at least two (2) weeks before going back and trying again.

After you receive your provisional license, you may drive alone so long as you don’t have any collisions or traffic violations, however for the first 12 months, some restrictions still apply:

  • You may not drive between the hours of 11pm and 5am.
  • You may not carry passengers under the age of 20 unless you are accompanied by your licensed parent/guardian, a professional driving instructor, or a licensed adult driver who’s at least 25 years old.

There are a few exceptions to these restrictions, please contact the California DMV for details. However, you should know that these restrictions are pretty much the norm during the first 12 months after receiving your provisional license.

Once you turn 18, the "provisional" part of your license is considered void. However, you may keep the provisional license until it expires (although it would carry the same privileges a regular drivers license would). If, out of pride, you want the word "provisional" removed as soon as you turn 18, you may ask your local DMV office to issue you a new license for a fee.

California Auto Insurance California Financial Responsibility Laws

California law requires that you must maintain financial responsibility (i.e.—auto insurance coverage) on any vehicle you own or drive. You must carry written proof of your auto insurance whenever you drive as you will need to show it to any law enforcement officer who asks to see it (i.e.—an insurance card issued by your insurance company will suffice).

Minimum Insurance Coverage You Must Have:

  • $15,000: Injury or death to one (1) person.
  • $30,000: Injury or death to two (2) or more persons.
  • $5,000: Property damage

If you have an accident and you do not have required insurance coverage, you will lose your license.

California Drunk Driving

Simply put, DON’T drive anytime soon after you’ve been drinking alcohol. Here’s what you will face upon your FIRST (1st) conviction of a California:

  • Jail time ranging from 96 hours to six (6) months.
  • Suspension of license for six (6) months
  • A fine between $390 and $1,000
  • Complete a DUI Program
  • You may also have to install an Ignition Lock Device
  • Repeat offenses will result in harsher penalties. If you’ve been drinking, do not drive. It’s not worth it!

California Cell Phone & Text Messaging Laws

As of 2008, it is ILLEGAL to send and/or read text messages while you drive. First offenses carry a $20 fine and repeat offenses carry a $50 fine.

If you are under 18, you may not use a cell phone or any other type of wireless device while you are driving.

If you are 18 or older, you may drive using a hands-free cell phone.   

California Online Drivers Education

If you are 16 and are applying for a California drivers license, you must have completed six (6) hours of a state-approved online driver education course. Contact your local DMV office for a list of approved online drivers ed courses.


What methods of payment does accept?
You may make payment in the form of credit card or online check, or you may choose to mail in a payment by check or money order for the California online drivers ed course, but payment must be made prior to taking the final exam. 
I need to receive the California internet drivers ed certificate of completion within the next week. What shipping methods do you have? offers several convenient options for shipping!  We offer regular US Mail and Federal Express for shipping your California certificate of completion.  When you register for the online defensive driving course you will be asked to select your certificate of completion. If you select regular US Mail, your online California traffic school certificate will be delivered in 7-10 business days.  If you select Federal Express, you have the option of selecting Priority Overnight (on or before 10:30AM the next business morning), Standard Overnight delivery (by or before 5PM the next business day), Second Day delivery (by or before 5PM on the second business day), Express delivery (by or before 5PM on the third business day), or if you complete your online California traffic school course on a Friday, we also offer Saturday Federal Express delivery (by or before 12PM on Saturday).
If I want to take the California online drivers ed course, how can I be sure that your website is 100% secure for payments? uses the very latest in SSL data encryption technology to make sure that your personal and payment information is 100% secure.   We also offer several other payment methods for our California internet drivers ed course, including check and online check.
What's the out-of-pocket cost for taking the California internet drivers ed course?
The standard price for taking the California online drivers education course or new drivers course is $34.99.  Discounts may be available if you have a "refer a friend" discount code.
I would like to take the California internet drivers education course. How old do I need to be?
In most states, you must be at least 15 1/2 to take drivers ed for your learners permit.   Please check with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), California Department of Education, or California Department of Driver License Services to make sure that you are old enough to take California driver education.

Please be aware that although is sufficient for fulfilling driver education requirements in some states, in other states is only offered as a supplement to the driver education and/or training you will receive at a state-approved driving school.  To find out if will meet your state's minimum driver education requirements, we recommend that you check with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
I want to take the California internet drivers ed course. If I don’t pass the California final exam, will I be able to retake it?
Yes!  Once you finish the California drivers ed internet course, you must take the California final exam.  If you don't pass the California test on your first try, you can retake it as many times as you need until you pass!
After I complete the California online drivers ed course that offers, how can I get a California insurance discount applied to my California auto insurance premium?
Whether or not you receive an insurance discount for completing's online drivers education course depends on which state you live in and which company you are insured with.  In some states, insurance carriers do offer insurance discounts to teen-aged drivers who successfully complete an online California drivers education course.  We recommend that you contact your insurance agent in California to see what, if any, discount you may qualify for by enrolling in's California online drivers education course.
Once I register for the California online driver education course, can I access it from anywhere?
Yes. Once you have registered for the California online drivers ed course, you can access the California online driver education course from anyplace you like. Any computer with internet access can be used!
It is important that I am allowed to start and stop the California online drivers ed course. Is this possible?
Of course.  Our California online drivers ed course allows frequent starts and stops when completing the California online drivers education course.
I am completing the California online drivers education course. Do you have any type of express mail shipping for my California certificate of completion?
Yes, we do!  We offer regular US mail shipping and expedited shipping through Federal Express, so you can receive your California certificate in as little as 24 hours.
How many hours of instruction does the California online driver education course equal?
The total amount of time you will spend taking the California online driver education course will equal about 30 hours of classroom instruction time. There’s a chance you won’t have to spend the full 30 hours taking the California online drivers ed course if you live in a state that does not require timers.
How much time do I have to ask for my money back once I start the California online drivers' ed course?
The refund policy is that refund requests must be made before your California certificate of completion for the California online learners permit course is shipped. Provided that condition is met, you may request a refund at any time during your California online driver education course.
I often struggle to read large amounts of online text. What options are there for me to make this less of a problem while taking the California online driver education course?
If you struggle to read large amounts of text, has made a special “Read Along” feature available. It works by reading the material aloud as you follow along with the California online drivers ed class text. You can order this feature when you register for the California online drivers ed class.
Does my California local drivers license office know if the California online drivers ed course for new drivers is state-approved?
Yes, the California DMV will be able to tell you if will fulfill your state's minimum driver education requirements or whether can be taken as a supplement to the driver education and/ortraining you will receive at a state-approved driving school.
What California driver education paperwork will I need in order to learn to drive a car?
You generally need to show a certificate of completion for a California driver education course in order to take take the California learners permit test.  However, this is a general rule and may not apply in California.  You may want to contact your local California DMV office to find out exactly what documentation you will need to bring with you when you go to apply for your learner's permit.
Can I have access to the reading material of each corresponding California internet drivers ed course chapters while I am taking each of the California internet drivers ed course quizzes?
No, you will not have access to the corresponding California internet drivers ed course chapters while you are taking the California online drivers ed course quizzes.
Can you tell me what the differences are between California classroom driver education and California online driver education?
Here’s the difference: with California online drivers ed at, you’re not stuck sitting in a classroom for hours listening to a teacher.  Our online California driver education course gives you the advantage of flexibility, allowing you to learn how you want, where you want and you they want!  If online driver education is not approved by your state, then you may be required to attend a California driver ed class.  If that's the case, the California driver ed course offered by can still be a valuable resource that will further enhance the things you learn in the classroom.

Will my identity have to be verified before I can take the California online drivers education course?
Many states will not require ID verification when taking an online driver education course, although this can vary from state to state.  A few states may require us to verify your identity by, for example, asking you personal questios throughout the course.  The purpose of this is simply to verify that you are who you say you are.