The California Department of Motor Vehicles has started offering online options for those who need to pass a knowledge test on their driver’s license, officials said Friday.
Drivers renewing a license with a knowledge test requirement and some adult drivers applying for a license for the first time will have two options: a remote version of the traditional test and an interactive online course, officials said.
Candidates will be asked to choose the distance exam or the e-learning option after completing an online driver’s license application and paying a fee.
“Currently, the remote exam is available for the nearly 2 million tests taken by Californians who renew their license each year, the more than 1.3 million tests taken by adults re-licensing for the first time who also don’t have a California ID, and Californians are getting a REAL ID or motorcycle license for the first time,” the DMV said.
Californians renewing their license can also choose the eLearning course option, officials said.
The department bills online testing options as a way to reduce wait times at DMV offices.
“This is just one more example of how the DMV is modernizing to add more convenient online services that were previously only available in an office,” said DMV Director Steve Gordon. “We continue to integrate ways to bring DMV services to our customers when and where they want.”
Those with a testing requirement for their license will still need to visit a DMV office in person after completing one of the online options to provide the required ID and residency documents, take a photo, provide a fingerprint fingerprints, undergo vision screening and obtain their license, officials said.
The eLearning course is available 24/7 on a computer, laptop, tablet or mobile device.
Those taking the course will be required to complete seven interactive modules, including quizzes after each module, officials said. The course lasts approximately 45 minutes and is currently available in English.
The online knowledge test is available in 35 languages and must be taken on a computer or laptop with a webcam, officials said. It cannot be taken on a tablet or mobile device.
It’s available between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays, excluding holidays, according to the DMV.
People taking the test online will be required to verify their identity and agree to be monitored throughout the exam, officials said.
The test can be attempted twice online. If someone fails twice, they will have to go to a DMV office for their third try.