The California DMV provides online driver's education classes that can be used to obtain a learner's permit. While the 30 hours of classroom instruction can be completed online, to obtain their permit, drivers must also complete six hours of behind-the-wheel professional driving instruction from an approved driving school.
California residents between the ages of 15 1/2 and 18 years old who are first time drivers are required to obtain a learner's permit to legally operate a motor vehicle. DMV.org provides information for registering for an online driver's education class. The online course covers topics such as the basic fundamentals of being a safe driver, laws of the road and road sign identification.