Although taking Driver Education in the classroom can be a positive learning experience, we realize that parents and teens have very busy schedules. Without compromising quality of education, our Safety Driver's Ed online program for California will provide you the following benefits:
To decrease motor-vehicle collisions involving teens, a special "provisional" license and instruction permit is issued to a driver under the age of 18 (minor).
Minors may keep their driver license as long as they obey the following "provisions":
Obey the traffic laws and drive without a collision.
During the first 12 months, a teen cannot drive between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. and cannot transport passengers under age 20, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, a licensed driver 25 years of age or older, or a licensed or certified driving instructor.
Obtain parental consent. As a parent, you may revoke your consent at any time by completing a Request for Cancellation or Surrender of a Driver License or Identification Card (DL 142) form. The form is available online at the DMV website www.dmv.ca.gov or from any DMV office. Revoking your parental consent will cancel the minor's driver permit or license.
Complete driver education (classroom training) and driver training (behind-the-wheel training) in a public or private high school, or in a state licensed professional driving school. (The hours required for driver education and driver training classes are defined inthe California Education Code §§51851 and 51852.) Internet, correspondence, or other distance based driver education training must be the equivalent of an approved classroom instruction.
Pass the written law test. If your teen incorrectly answers 9 or more of the 46 questions on the law test, he or she must wait one week before retaking the test.
Note: A provisional instruction permit is valid only if the teen is taking a driver training class and his/her permit is signed by the instructor.
Complete at least 50 hours of supervised driving. It will take more than 15 minutes of practice time every day for six months to complete 50 hours of practice driving, of which at least 10 hours must be night driving practice. You (the parent) and the instructor must sign the statement on your teen's permit certifying that he/she has completed the supervised training. The signed permit must be returned to DMV before the driving test may be taken.
Your teen must "hold" his/her permit longer (six months) than other drivers and practice the driving skills listed in this guide before he/she can come to the DMV for the driving test.
Pass the driving test. If your teen fails his or her driving test, he/she must wait two weeks before taking another test. Information regarding the law and driving tests are found in the California Driver Handbook, which is based on the California Vehicle Code.
If you are over 17 ½ but under 18 years of age, you may get your permit without the driver education and driver training certificates however, you will not be able to take the driving test until you turn 18.