The right driving school can make all the difference. That’s why AAA developed a premier research-based curriculum with teen safety in mind, so you can confidently put your new driver on the road.
Take the first step toward getting your teen’s license from the convenience of home.
Teens can work at their own pace through the 30 hours of AAA’s DMV-approved online driver education course. It includes training videos, Crash Cam footage, driving simulations, interactive memory exercises, and quizzes. Teens who complete the course will be eligible to apply for a California driver’s permit if they are 15 ½ to 17 ½ years old.1 Teens are still required to complete behind-the-wheel instruction. See below for more information.
Your teen can take 30 hours of driver education online and choose 6 or 10 hours of behind-the-wheel driving instruction. Upon successful completion of the course, your teen may be less likely to be involved in a crash,2 receive a free 12-month dependent associate membership (up to $32 value),3 and may qualify for a AAA auto insurance discount.4
|Benefit level||Online driver education & 6 hours of in-car training||Online driver education & 10 hours of in-car training|
In accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we have implemented measures to help maintain the health and safety of our students and instructors.
Most states require teens to follow some form of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL). These programs aim to lower the death and injury toll among teen drivers by allowing them to gain driving experience before getting full driving privileges. GDL programs generally include 3 stages:
Do behind-the-wheel lessons need to be scheduled and completed by a certain date?
Students must obtain their permit and contact their instructor within 30 days of the reserved session start date to avoid rescheduling fees and delayed lessons. All behind-the-wheel lessons must be completed within a year of the reserved session date. Fees cannot be waived if the student is delayed in obtaining their permit. No refunds after 1 year.
How long will it take to complete the program?
Lessons are 1 hour each, but keep in mind that teens under 17 ½ must hold their permit for at least 6 months. The permit is not valid until signed by an instructor during the first behind-the-wheel lesson; please do not allow your teen to drive until their permit is signed. Subsequent lessons are spaced out over the mandatory 6-month waiting time to allow the student time to practice between lessons. We try to schedule a student’s last lesson close to their road test date. Students must also complete 50 hours of supervised driving, including 10 hours at night, with a parent or guardian before taking their road test. A parent or guardian must sign under penalty of perjury confirming their student completed 50 hours of supervised driving.
Why do lessons begin and end at a AAA office?
AAA has designed routes for each lesson that challenge new drivers and meet certain learning objectives. These routes begin and end at a AAA location to provide instruction consistency and efficient use of lesson time.
Why are lessons limited to 1 hour?
More than an hour behind the wheel at a time can add to the already-stressful learning experience. Hour-long lessons allow us to spread out the learning process over a longer period and to spend quality instruction time with the student. Students spend 55 minutes behind the wheel; the last 5 minutes are spent discussing the student’s performance, practice suggestions, and scheduling the next lesson.
Why aren’t lessons offered over the course of consecutive weeks?
Our program is designed around safety, not speed of completion. We space out lessons so the student has contact with their instructor during the 6-month learning process and just before taking the road test.
1Enrollment in the online course does not include behind-the-wheel lessons. Behind-the-wheel lesson packages are based on availability.
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A full refund, minus an $8 processing fee, will be made to any student who cancels the enrollment contract within 30 days of registering for the course and prior to attempting the final examination. AAA Online Driving Course availability subject to change at any time without notice.
2Based on a 6-year 2019 study of Southern California teens insured through the Auto Club, AAA driving school graduates (combined online and behind the wheel) had lower property damage and collision claim frequency than other inexperienced drivers (0-3 years) who learned elsewhere.
3Free 12-month Dependent Associate membership cannot be combined with any other discount or coupon. Available to graduates of full driving programs (online education with 6 or 10-hour behind-the-wheel driving instruction). Dependent Associate membership benefits level must be the same as the parent’s Primary membership benefits level. Free 12-month Dependent Associate benefits level values: Classic - $32; for Plus® and Premier® values contact 1-877-614-7247 . Dependent Associate must be under 21 years of age at the time of offer redemption and either live with the Primary member or be a full-time student away at school. The Auto Club reserves the right to require proof of dependent age. All applications and renewals are subject to approval and acceptance by the Auto Club. Membership eligibility, dues, fees, benefits and services are subject to change without notice. This offer is non-transferable. Other restrictions may apply.
4Discounts may apply to select coverages, vary by policy and are conditional. AAA insurance is a collection of AAA branded products, services and programs available to qualified AAA members. AAA personal lines insurance is provided by the Interinsurance Exchange of the Automobile Club. Automobile Club of Southern California CA DOI Lic. #0003259. Membership requires the separate payment of annual dues and an admission fee for new members.
5Driving school schedules, locations, pricing, and instructor assignment subject to change without notice.
Auto Club Driving School License #3839. Driving School only available to AAA members.
Price Match Guarantee - If you find a lower local retail competitor’s generally advertised Internet price for a comparable novice driving course within 72- hours of purchasing a Auto Club Driving School 30-hour online/10-hour behind-the-wheel driving course bundle, Auto Club will match the price or pay you the difference. Additional restrictions apply.
Price Match Guarantee Terms & Conditions:
If a member finds a lower local retail competitor’s internet price of a comparable driving course advertised to the general public, which applies to such member, within 72 hours of purchasing a Auto Club driving school 30-hour online / 10-hour behind-the-wheel driving course bundle, the Auto Club will match the price or pay the member the difference between the prices. If a member has identified a lower local retail competitor’s internet price, and it has been validated by the Auto Club, one of two options may apply: (a) a refund of the difference between the price the member paid to the Auto Club and the local retail competitor’s Internet price, or (b) a matching of the rate, if the member has paid only a deposit.
A “comparable driving course” is a novice driving course, with the comparable quality and course content as the AAA driving school bundle with 30 hours of driver education online and 10 hours of one-on-one behind-the-wheel training which includes freeway driving, night driving, and ABS instruction. Completion of the comparable driving course must make a teen driver eligible to apply for a California driver’s permit if they are 15 ½ to 17 ½ years old.
A “local retail competitor” is a California licensed driving school competitor located in the same market area (within a 15-mile radius) of the location of the Auto Club driving school behind-the-wheel training that the member purchased.
The guarantee excludes promotional discounts on multi-vendor online coupon websites (e.g., Groupon).
Member must provide a digital version of a valid, not expired, and acceptable internet advertisement (e.g., link, email or screen shot) showing a retail price available to the general public, which applies to such member, that is lower than the 30/10 Driving Course Bundle purchase price. The Auto Club will, at the Auto Club’s discretion, discount the final payment or refund the difference to the member within 30 days of receiving the advertisement, subject to the Auto Club’s verification of the lower price and availability. Refunds will be provided in the same form as the original payment. An email with the acceptable internet advertisement must be sent to AutoClubDrivingSchool@aaa-calif.com within 72 hours of purchase. If the Auto Club rejects the price match, the member may cancel enrollment without incurring any cancellation fees if notice is received by the Auto Club via email by the later of (1) 24 hours from when the Auto Club’s price match rejection response was sent to the member, or (2) 3 business days from time of member’s purchase of the Auto Club driving course.
The Auto Club reserves the right to change these terms and conditions from time to time, or cancel the Price Match Guarantee program, in their sole discretion.