Frequently Asked Questions

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Is Online California Driver's Education Course Right for Me?

If you are between 15 ½ and 17 ½ and would like to get a California driver's permit, you must complete an official California driver's education course. Our course was vetted by the state of California and satisfies all California driver education requirements. At the end of the course, you will receive an official DMV-accepted Certificate of Completion (DL 400C).

Our course has been developed by professional teachers who are experts in their field and is designed to help you pass the California permit test the first time you take it. It will teach you what you need to know about California traffic laws, road signs, and safe driving habits.

Is This Online Driver's Ed Course Approved by the California DMV?

Yes, this course has been approved by the state of California. Our official driving school license is #E2276. Once we mail your certificate, you can go to any DMV with it. You will then be asked to take a written test and the behind-the-wheel test.

Can I Access My Driver's Ed Course at Anytime?

Your course is available to you online 24/7. You can log in and out whenever you want and from any computer with an internet connexion! When you log back in, we will take you back to where you left off.

Do I Have to Complete the Course All At Once?

No, the system saves your progress each time you log out. You can complete your driver's ed course at your own pace.

How Soon Can I Get My Driver's Ed Certificate?

Your certificate is processed upon finishing the course. We will send you your certificate within 1-2 business days.

Is There Any Difference Between Online Driver's Ed vs Driving School Classroom?

One of the main benefits of using an online driver's ed course is there is no need to wait for a spot to open at a driving school. In order to take a classroom course, you would need to make time in your busy schedule and make it a priority. This course can be taken 24/7 anywhere. You can complete it at your own pace and receive your certificate in the mail. Once you have your certificate, you can go down to the DMV and take your permit test.

Do I Also Need to Take a California Written Permit Test at the DMV?

Yes, applicants between the age of 15 ½ and 17 ½ will need to pass a 46-question written exam at the DMV after completing the driver's ed course.

How Soon Can I Start Driver's Education in the State of California?

Per California law, you must be at least 15 ½ years old. If you are over 17 ½ years old, you are not required to provide proof of the completion of a driver's ed course to obtain your permit.

How Many Questions Are on the Permit Test in California?

If you are under 18, the permit test in California has 46 questions total. You will need to answer 38 correctly to pass.

Is DriversEd.Coach Secure?

Absolutely. We use the latest security technology to protect your transaction. We will never share your information with anyone. Your credit card number is never kept on file to ensure your privacy.

Do You Need Driver's Ed to Get Your Permit in California?

For those who are under 17 ½ and over 15 ½, you are required to show proof of the successful completion of a driver's education course before you can apply for a permit.

For those who are over 18, you are not required to take a driver's education course prior to obtaining your permit. However, driver's ed courses can help you pass your permit exam with flying colors, as well as provide essential driver's safety education.

Does Driver's Ed Expire in California?

No. Only those who are at least 15 ½ to 17 are required to take a driver's ed course in California. When you turn 17 ½, you are no longer required to have driver's ed to get a permit. Therefore, your driver's ed certificate will not expire until you reach the minimum age requirement for a permit without driver's ed.

How Long Does California Driver's Ed Take?

With Driver's Ed Coach, you can complete your required training at your own pace. If you want to spend months working on your courses, that is fine. If you'd rather spend a week or two at it, that's great too! Our system lets students complete their requirements in the way that works for them.

With Driver's Ed Coach, you will never again have to worry about attending in-person classes, scheduling conflicts, teacher mix-ups, or completing courses in a limited time frame. Driver's Ed Coach is one of the most popular online driver's ed resources.

Our system will help you pass your California DMV Exam and gain your license as quickly as possible! 

How Many Hours of Driver's Ed is Required in California?

According to the California DMV, driver education courses must be a minimum of 30 hours or 2 ½ semester periods of professional classroom instruction or a home study or internet training program.

Further, if you choose to use an online program such as Driver's Ed Coach, California requires it to meet the same curriculum requirements as in-person courses. Our program is certified by the California DMV under driving school license #E2276.

This means that you will receive the same education in a more convenient environment. 

Is Driver Education the Same as Driver Training?

While the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, there is a difference between driver education and driver training courses. 

  • Driver education is training in a traditional curriculum of knowledge and skills required to pass the state-mandated written and driving tests at the conclusion of formal driver's education. There is no requirement for behind-the-wheel instruction and courses can be taken online.
  • Driver training courses include both classroom instruction as well as behind-the-wheel training. You will need to complete a minimum of 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training. Some programs encompass additional hours on top of those required by the state of California. Some driver training courses include a parent or guardianship aspect, which can take place during or after formal instruction, as well as an additional fee. 

How Much Does Driver's Ed Cost in CA?

The cost of driver's education can differ between institutions and also depends on the curriculum offered. For in-person instruction, expect to pay anywhere from $30 to $75 per hour. These costs begin to rise quickly if the course also includes behind-the-wheel training.

With Driver's Ed Coach, you can complete the curriculum portion of training for a fraction of that cost. Additionally, it is a self-paced program that you can complete as quickly as you'd like. Our goal is to make driver's ed convenient and affordable for you!

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