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Frequently Asked Questions

Does this online Driver Ed course satisfy DMV requirements?

YES - is a a DMV approved course. This course is equivalent to a 30-hour classroom course and has been examined and authorized by the Licensing Operations Division of the DMV. View our DMV approval letter, our license affiliation and 800 number. If you have further questions, please CONTACT US.

How old do I have to be to take this course and test?

We recommend a student start around 14 or 15 years old. Keep in mind the DMV will not allow you to test for a driving permit until you are 15 1/2 years old.

How much does the test cost and what is your refund policy?

$65 and we Do Not have hidden fees for shipping.  We accept Visa, MasterCard or Discover. Note - Because you can view and use 100% of our course there are no surprises but also NO REFUNDS.

Can my certificate of completion be emailed or faxed to me?

Unfortunately, NO. The DMV does not allow it. These are official coded DMV documents and we cannot fax or email them. It usually only takes a couple of business days to most anywhere in California for the certificate to reach you and your certificate is usually sent the same day you pass. You may want to check your address for correctness so your certificate is not delayed.

How do I get a replacement certificate if I lose my original?

Providing you with a replacement certificate involves reporting the original certificate number to the DMV as invalid and issuing a new numbered document. There is a $10 administrative fee for this service and shipping will be included. You will have to order a replacement certificate if you supply an incorrect shipping address that causes your certificate to get lost in the mail, supply an incorrect Name or Birthdate that is rejected by the DMV agent or Lose it.
To order a replacement certificate:
  1. Login to this site. 2. Click My Certificate. 3. Click Order Replacement.

Do you offer Specials or Group Discounts?

YES - You can reduce the price by using a discount coupon that you received from a driving school, high school or other deal promotion. You must enter the coupon code when enrolling to get a discount and no refunds are issued if you pay full price and later discover/decide you have a code to redeem. MyCaliforniaPermit offers discounts for groups of 10 or more. We offer huge discounts for private and public high schools or fundraising. If you think your high school or driving school would be interested in our group discounts discount program, please CONTACT US.

Do you provide a DMV practice tests?

YES - We supply the links to the DMV Practice Tests on our PERMIT Page or view directly on the DMV Teen Page here- click here. Many people do not realize they do not need to pay for practice tests and that they are supplied at no cost.

Why do you allow us to preview 100% of this course without enrolling?

Many high schools, public, private and charter, do not have an approved or accredited driver education class, and so we make this site accessible to them at no cost to use as a resource in their own classrooms. Statistics show that action behind the wheel is a dangerous business - especially for teens. We want you to be well prepared and, above all, safe when you get behind the wheel. By allowing you to preview this course without having to enroll and pay a fee, you, the student, as well as your parents, can see what you are buying in case you do decide to purchase it. You can also revisit it at any time without logging in, and can enjoy going over it with friends and family members easily and review items you may not fully understand.

Can you help me find a behind-the-wheel driving school?

California is a Big State and we cannot review all of the Driving Schools to the point of being able to recommend them. No one company can monitor a driving school's reputation like the Department of Motor Vehicles can. We recommend you follow the list on "How to choose a Driving School" located at the bottom of our HOME page. There you will find the link and phone number of the DMV for checking on driving school's licence status. If you need to check on individual instructor's license you can call the DMV at (916) 229-3127.

Can Online Driver Ed be taught effectively?

Think an online course can't possibly be effective for teaching driver education? Think again! A DMV study (Acrobat PDF) comparing online driver education to paper-based workbooks and classroom courses finds the following that Home-Study computer-based instruction may actually be more effective than classroom instruction for teaching the basic knowledge objectives in early driver education courses given that home-study courses:

  • remove distracting classroom influences from peers,
  • may increase parental involvement in their children's online driver ed instruction,
  • may be more beneficial for teens who are at the highest risk, and may benefit from the novelty of using self-paced teaching and testing technology

Students who completed the courses involving computer-based and internet instruction performed better on the study exit examination than did students in the workbook and classroom courses. The findings in this regard suggest that using interactive technology to teach driver education resulted in superior learning, consistent with recommendations by some traffic safety researchers for improving the effectiveness of online driver ed in general. Online Driver Ed courses can be effective in improving student attitudes about safe driving. The use of interactive technology has been recommended by some traffic safety researchers as a way of improving the effectiveness of online driver ed in general, and these findings provide support for this view. The DMV itself now offers a DMV practice test online.

What are the minimum software requirements for courses?

Our minimum site requirements are simply that you have a web browser and JavaScript enabled. You can download updated browsers below if you do not have one of them already installed on your computer.

- All Browsers: Download Flash  (Flash is not required but some videos use Flash format.)
- Firefox Mozilla 2.0 (and up) preferred download 
Internet Explorer 7.0 (and up) download (not recommended, especially for Macs)
- Google Chrome download 
- Safari (for Macs - don't use Microsoft Internet Explorer) download
- Adobe Acrobat is needed only if you want to view a ebook 

Is your website secure?

You can shop at online with confidence. We have partnered with Authorize.Net, a leading payment gateway since 1996, to offer safe and secure credit card and electronic check transactions for our customers.
The Authorize.Net Payment Gateway manages the complex routing of sensitive customer information through the credit card and electronic check processing networks (see an online payments diagram). The company adheres to strict industry standards for payment processing, including:

  • 128-bit Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology for secure Internet Protocol (IP) transactions.
  • Industry leading encryption hardware and software methods and security protocols to protect customer information.
  • Compliance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard.

The information you provide here is encrypted for your protection. Your information will NEVER be shared with any third parties.
We will only use your email address to contact you to make sure that you complete the course quickly and efficiently. If you have opted in for our DMV updates and student discount emails you will find on every email has the ability to remove your email from the distribution list.  

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