Completing our online Driver Education course is the first step in acquiring your Learner’s Permit, but what’s next?
Step1: Sign up for our approved DMV driver education course.
Step2: Complete our online course, you’ll be notified via our program you have passed and receive an email of congratulations. You will be mailed a Certificate of Completion (DL 400C) within 24 hours. It should arrive within 2-7 business days. Your shipping address will appear along with directions on how to update your information if necessary.
Step3: Study the DMV Handbook, complete our course and free Practice Exams. Read the DMV Handbook at least twice as all questions on the permit test come from the handbook. It is important that you know all the rules and regulations of driving before taking the DMV written test, so be prepared to learn the material!
Step4: Make an appointment with a DMV office of your choice and take the permit test. You can do so online at Appointments or by phone call. (1-800-777-0133)
Step5: When applying for a provisional permit, you will need the following:
Note: To allow you sufficient time for testing, DMV will not be administering knowledge tests after 4:30 p.m.
Remember once you complete our program you have access to our free DMV Practice Permit Tests
Besides access to our free tests you can go to this DMV link for DMV Sample Practice Tests (Regular Driver – Class C). The practice tests are also available in Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL).
Once the student has completed the 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training with a DMV approved driving school and received their Certificate of Completion of Behind-the-Wheel Training (DL 400D) arrange to take the DMV drive test 6 months and 1 day from the date you received the permit, known as your date of issue. Go online to the DMV website www.dmv.ca.gov to schedule 90 days in advance of your preferred drive test time or call the DMV to make an appointment.
(Drive tests are not given without an appointment.) Time slots fill fast, so start early! Check the DMV offices in your area that may be able to provide you with the preferred day and time for the drive test.
The DMV phone number is 1-800-777-0133 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, to make a driving test appointment.
Show proof of insurance and registration for the vehicle you will be taking your drive test in. When you pass the drive test you will be issued an interim license valid for 60 days. You will receive your new photo license in the mail.
Check your address before you leave DMV. Tell the DMV representative if you have moved or if your address is incorrect. Call 1-(916) 657-7790 or 1-(800) -777-0133 and they can check on your license status for you if you have not received your license after 60 days, have your interim license with you to provide information when requested.
If you fail your drive test, you must wait two weeks before you can take the test again. You have three chances to pass. If driver education and driver training were taken in a state other than California, DMV will accept either a To Secondary Schools Other Than California Schools form DL 33 completed by the out-of-state school, or a letter on the out-of-state school’s stationary signed by a school official stating that the courses are equivalent to California’s requirements. Instructional permits issued by another state are not acceptable. With the proper attitude and willingness to learn safe driving behaviors a student can become a safe driver which is a skill you will use all your life.