Frequently Asked Questions
Here you will find some common question regarding Driver's Education and our website. If you have any further questions, email us at and our staff will reply as soon as possible.
How old does my son/daughter have to be to start driver's education?
Your son/daughter must be at least 14 years old to begin learning the necessary material to obtain a permit.
What are the requirements for a teen to obtain a license?
If your son/daughter is at least 15 and a half, in order to qualify to take a driving test, he/she MUST
Finish their driver's education courses and get a certificate of completion (DL 400C)
Pass their DMV written test and get their DMV permit.
Enroll in 6 hours of behind the wheel training with a licensed DMV instructor. Obtain a certificate of completion (DL 400D)
Provide a parent/guardian signature on your instruction permit, verifying that you have completed 50 hours of driving practice.
For more information on teen permits, click this link.
What are the requirements for an adult/senior to obtain a license?
If you are at least 18 years old, meet the application requirements, and pass the required tests, you may be issued a California instruction permit. You must have an instruction permit while learning to drive. Your accompanying driver must be 18 years of age or older and have a valid California driver license. This person must be seated close enough to you that he or she is able to take control of the vehicle at any time. An instruction permit does not permit you to drive alone–not even to a DMV office to take the driving test.
Are there sample tests I can take before the DMV written exam?
The DMV provides sample tests.
How do I book a Behind-the-Wheel test with the DMV?
Call 1-800-777-0133 to schedule your behind-the-wheel test, or book an appointment on the DMV website.
Remember to bring your permit (signed by a your parent), your Driving Training Completion certificate (DL400D), your car's registration and insurance card.
Useful online resources:
Make a DMV Appointment : https://www.dmv.ca.gov/foa/clear.do?goTo=driveTest&localeName=en
DMV Handbook: http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/pubs.htm
DMV Teen Site: http://www.dmv.ca.gov/coi/teen/teen.htm