Edit: Pricing Updated for 2021
To get a California DMV Driving Permit, teens between the ages of 15½ and 17½ must complete an approved driver education (in class or online). If you are over the age of 18, taking drivers ed is not mandatory and you can go directly to the DMV to take the written test to get your learner’s permit.
We will be reviewing some of the most popular California Online Driver’s Ed Courses to help teenagers get their learner’s permit. All of these driving schools are DMV approved and once you finish the course, you will get a certificate that looks like this. This certificate only shows that you’ve completed the online course and you’ll need to pass the written permit test in order to get your learner’s permit. These certificates are issued by the California DMV and must be mailed out to you. The DMV will not accept scanned versions of these certificates so make sure you leave some time for the driving school to mail you the certificate.
Time Required: 2–3 Hours
Overall: 4.5 out of 5
The course by DriversEdHub is divided into 10 chapters and easy to complete. The course is a series of videos with 30 hours of content going through the required content and you get a short quiz after each chapter. The quizzes aren’t hard and if you have basic knowledge of driving and rules of the road, you can skip some of the easier chapters and go directly to the quiz.
At the end of the course, you have to write a final exam which has 50 questions and requires 70% to pass. You can retake the final exam as many times as you want until you pass. Once you finish this course, you enter your info and a certificate gets mailed to you in 5–10 business days. We got ours in 3 days.
Time Required: 30 Hours
Overall: 4 out of 5
Aceable prides itself on making entertaining and user-friendly driving courses. There are30 hours of content in this course that goes over all 10 levels of the required content. The quizzes are quite difficult and require you to pay extra attention to the material in the content. They will test you on things such as color of the car that appeared in the image so you can’t skip any of the content or you won’t pass. The final exam is quite hard so make sure you study the content. Since the content is quite amusing and entertaining, it won’t be very difficult to pay attention. Once you finish this course, you enter your info and a certificate gets mailed to you in 5–12 business days unless you want to pay extra for 2 or 3 business days delivery. We got ours in 5 days.
Price: $50 ($24.95 if you sign up for Roadside)
Time Required: 10 Hours
Compatibility: Desktop with buggy iOS/Android Apps
Overall: 3.5 out of 5
DriversEd.com is one of the oldest online driving schools. The course is full of videos going through all 10 chapters of the required content. The content is easy to understand and the quizzes are straight forward. If you know some of the sections such as signs and road markings, you can skip directly to the quiz. The pricing is very sneaky where they advertise the price at $24.95 but only if you signup for the $5/month roadside assistance. You can technically opt-out after a 1-month free trial but that’s a big hassle. You can only do this course on their website because the iOS and Android App would frequently crash for no good reason. The certificate arrived pretty quick after 4 days and there’s an option to upgrade to quicker shipping options by paying extra.
After you finish their course, you get access to their California DMV Practice Tests for free. The experience on the apps are hit or miss but you can download their iOS and Android App to see if you have better luck.