California DMV Now Offers Online Driver Knowledge Tests

Do you have to pass the driver’s license knowledge test? You can do it online now.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles announced Thursday that it now offers two online options for people who need to take the written driver’s license knowledge test: a remote version of the traditional knowledge test, as well as an interactive online course. line.

When completing the online driver’s license application, eligible customers will have the option to choose one of the online testing options.

“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 do not have a California ID, and Californians obtaining a REAL ID or motorcycle license for the first time. The eLearning course is available to Californians renewing their license,” according to a statement from the DMV.

The online knowledge test is available in 35 languages, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding public holidays, for people with computers connected to the Internet with a webcam. The test cannot be taken on a tablet or mobile device.

Customers can take the online test twice, but will be asked to visit a DMV office to take the test a third time if both tests fail.

“For identity verification and as a fraud prevention measure, online test takers are required to verify their identity and agree to be monitored throughout the exam,” according to the DMV.

The interactive eLearning course is available on any internet-connected device, is available all day, every day, but only in English. It has seven interactive modules that must be completed, including quizzes after each. The class lasts approximately 45 minutes.

“The course is an ideal option for people who need to renew their license and have trouble with exams or prefer an alternative learning method,” according to the DMV.

The new measure is intended to reduce the time a person must spend at the DMV office. Customers will still need to come to the office after completing the online test to provide the necessary documents, take a photo, provide a thumbprint, take an eye exam and receive a license document.

“This is one more example of how the DMV is modernizing to add more convenient online services that were previously only available in an office,” DMV Director Steve Gordon said in a statement. “We continue to integrate ways to bring DMV services to our customers when and where they want.”

This story was originally published March 17, 2022 12:56 p.m.

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