California Online Driver Education

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Driver ed designed with you in mind

When teens are first learning to drive, they are highly receptive to important messages about the dangers of unsafe driving and driving while intoxicated. That is why it is so important for parents to get involved at this initial stage to ensure proper and thorough education to help set ground rules and instill good driving habits, as their teen takes on the responsibility of operating a motor vehicle.

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Course Syllabus

Course Duration

The online course is self-timed and students may start-and-stop the course as needed. Our software will track the student's progress so that when they log-out they can log in later and pick up exactly where they left off in the course.

Final Exam

The final exam consists of 40 multiple choice questions and may be taken as many times as necessary until the student has scored 85% (34 out of 40 questions correct) or better.


Once a student has completed the course, we will send them official DMV form DL400c. This form must be presented at a DMV in order to apply for a learner's permit and before a student may enroll with a "behind-the-wheel" driving school to learn how to drive a car.


  1. 1
    1.1 DMV Legal Notice and Disclaimer
    1.2 Driving Is a Responsibility
    1.3 License to Drive: A Privilege
    1.4 A Motor Vehicle Is a Weapon
    1.5 Park Responsibly
    1.6 Obey the Law
    1.7 Sharing the Road with Others
    1.8 The Importance of Driver Education
    1.9 History of the Automobile
    1.10 Eco-Conscious Driving
    1.11 Summary
  2. 2
    2.1 The Driver
    2.2 The Physiology of the Driver
    2.3 Vision
    2.4 Vision and Your Vehicle
    2.5 Hearing
    2.6 Physical Conditions
    2.7 Psychological Nature of the Driver
    2.8 Emotional and Physical Conditions
    2.9 Inattentiveness
    2.10 Exhibition and Irresponsibility
    2.11 Summary
  3. 3
    3.1 Natural Forces Affecting the Driver
    3.2 Natural Laws and Driving a Vehicle
    3.3 The Force of Gravity
    3.4 Inertia and Energy
    3.5 The Force of Friction
    3.6 Centrifugal and Centripetal Force
    3.7 Force of Impact
    3.8 Summary
  4. 4
    4.1 Signs, Signals, and Pavement Markings
    4.2 Recognizing Traffic-Control Signals
    4.3 Traffic Signs
    4.4 Traffic Sign Colors
    4.5 Traffic Sign Shapes
    4.6 Traffic Lights
    4.7 Flashing Signals
    4.8 Crossings Requiring Special Stops
    4.9 Pavement and Curb Markings
    4.10 Additional Pavement Markings
    4.11 Summary
  5. 5
    5.1 Vehicle Code and Rules of the Road
    5.2 Driver's License
    5.3 Driver's License Requirements
    5.4 Automobile Ownership
    5.5 Traffic Laws
    5.6 Bicycles
    5.7 Lights
    5.8 Seat Belts
    5.9 Financial Responsibility
    5.10 Automobile Equipment
    5.11 Criminal Offenses
    5.12 Summary
  6. 6
    6.1 Causes and Costs of Accidents
    6.2 Faulty Driver Performance
    6.3 Various Driving Conditions
    6.4 Accident Avoidance and Prevention
    6.5 Procedures When in Accidents
    6.6 Financial Responsibilities
    6.7 Summary
  7. 7
    7.1 Urban and Rural Driving
    7.2 Urban Driving Conditions
    7.3 Freeway Driving
    7.4 Driving on Open Highways
    7.5 Passing
    7.6 Hazardous Conditions
    7.7 Summary
  8. 8
    8.1 Critical Vehicle Systems
    8.2 Construction of the Automobile
    8.3 Safety Equipment
    8.4 Maintenance of the Automobile
    8.5 Calculating Costs
    8.6 Summary
  9. 9
    9.1 Teen Risk Taking & Risk Perception
    9.2 Youthful Risk Taking
    9.3 Risk Perception by Young Drivers
    9.4 Summary
  10. 10
    10.1 Pedestrian Safety
    10.2 As a Pedestrian
    10.3 As a Driver
    10.4 Avoiding Collisions with Animals
    10.5 Summary
  11. 11
    11.1 Motorcycle Safety
    11.2 Sharing the Road with Motorcycles
    11.3 Riding a Motorcycle
    11.4 Ride Defensively
    11.5 Riding as a Passenger
    11.6 Summary
  12. 12
    12.1 Effects of Alcohol and Drugs
    12.2 Alcohol
    12.3 Drugs
    12.4 Availability of Drugs
    12.5 Drug Actions Within the Body
    12.6 Avoiding Driving while Intoxicated
    12.7 Avoiding the Intoxicated Driver
    12.8 Summary
  13. 13
    13.1 Substance Abuse
    13.2 Illegal for Under 21 to Use Alcohol
    13.3 Statistics
    13.4 Cycle of Abuse
    13.5 Legalities
    13.6 Summary
  14. 14
    14.1 Driving Inexperience
    14.2 Inexperience vs. Immaturity
    14.3 Predicting Other Drivers' Reactions
    14.4 Summary
  15. 15
    15.1 Road Rage
    15.2 Anger Management
    15.3 Statistics
    15.4 Summary
  16. 16
    16.1 Final Exam
    16.2 Final Exam Instructions


California Online Driver Education and Online Driver Ed Courses

Welcome to – the most popular driver education course in California. If you’re between the ages of 15½ and 18, Driver Ed To Go makes getting your learner’s permit easy.

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Our CA drivers ed course is 100% online and equips you with everything you need to earn your DMV learner’s permit. You’ll be guided through every step of the course and your newly learned knowledge will be reinforced at the end of each chapter with a short multiple-choice quiz. It all leads up to the final exam, but don’t worry, you have an unlimited number of attempts to pass.

What Do You Need to Get a California Learner’s Permit?

You do have to wait until you turn 16 before you can apply to get a first time driver’s license in California, but if you’re 15½, you can apply for a learner’s permit and then move on to your provisional license.

If you’re ready to get started, there are a few things you’ll have to take to the California DMV.

  • Personal Identification
  • DL44 Form Signed by Parents or Guardians
  • $31 Fee (Includes Fees for California Driver’s License and Permit)
  • Certificate of Completion (Form DL400C) From Approved Drivers Ed Course

The California DMV is also going to test your vision, and you’ll have to complete a written exam that covers traffic laws and road signs. If you pass these two tests, you’ll get your California learner’s permit. Now you’ll be able to practice driving as long as there is a licensed adult who is 25 years or older in the passenger seat.
You’ll also need to enroll in a driving school so that you can complete your behind-the-wheel training with an authorized driving instructor as required by the California DMV.

What Do You Need to Get a California Driver’s License?

After turning 16 and driving with your California learner’s permit for six months, you can now take the official DMV road test. There are still some requirements before you tackle this test, however.

  • You must have held your California learner’s permit for a minimum of six months.
  • You must have completed an approved drivers education course.
  • You must have complete six hours of driver training with a professional instructor.
  • You must have logged 50 hours of practice driving with an adult over the age of 25, and 10 of those hours must have been at night.

A parent or guardian must be with you if you’re 16 when taking your road test. If you successfully pass the test, you’ll receive a temporary California license (good for sixty days) before your official photo license comes in the mail. Failure to pass the driving test means that you have to wait at least two weeks before retaking it.

California Intermediate License Restrictions

There are plenty of restrictions that come along with having a California learner’s permit or provisional license.

Remember that if you just have your learner’s permit, a legal guardian over the age of 21 with at least one year driving experience must be with you at all times. They should always in the front passenger seat, and unless they are your sibling, you can’t have passengers under the age of 21.

For the first 12 months with your license, you’re forbidden to drive between the hours of 11pm and 5am, if you’re under the age of 18. You also shouldn’t be carrying passengers who are 20-years-old or younger.

There are exceptions to these rules, however.

  • Medical Emergencies
  • School Activities
  • Job Responsibilities
  • If You are Emancipated

For more info, the teen page at California DMV website might help.

Minimum California Auto Insurance Coverage & Penalties

Now that you have your California driver’s license, you’re ready to hit the road. There are still a few things to keep in mind, though. Your vehicle must have liability insurance coverage. For person injury the minimum coverage is $15,000 and for property damage it’s $5,000. Being caught without appropriate coverage, you could get you up to $500 in fines. Get into an accident without coverage and you could have your license suspended altogether.

Cell Phone, Text Messaging, & Drunk Driving Laws in California

You should be aware of the penalties that come along with driving laws in California. For example, for your first California DUI conviction you could receive:

  • 96 Hours to 6 Months Behind Bars
  • $390 to $1000 in Fines
  • 6-Month License Suspension
  • Required DUI Classes
  • Ignition Interlock Device

That’s just for your first conviction. More convictions mean more jail time, fines, and the possibility of having your California license revoked.

Since September 2008, the state has had a ban on texting while driving. Fines can ranges from $20 your first time to $50 each time after that. Any device must be hands-free.

Is California Online Drivers Ed For You?

Check with the California DMV office in your area to find out more about approved online drivers ed classes.

Still not convinced? See what people just like you think about our course.

See testimonials from people who took our online traffic school course.

  • 5
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  • 5
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  • 5
    The course was easy to navigate and had a lot of information to get me started on driving. Good system of quizzes, exams, and information.
    Andy H.
  • 5
    Thanks! I learned a lot more than I did on my own. The videos and simulations made it extremely helpful and much more entertaining.
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