The California Driver Handbook, page 12 first paragraph states: "If you are at least 17½ years old, you may obtain a permit without completing driver education or driver training. However, you cannot get a DL before you are 18 years old.
You must practice with a licensed California driver: parent, guardian, driving instructor, spouse, or adult 25 years old or older. A provisional permit does not allow you to drive alone at any time, not even to a DMV field office to take a driving test.
So there's your choice. Take driver training and get your provisional learners permit a little sooner and possibly get your provisional driver's license before age 18, or wait until you're 17 1/2 to get a provisional learners permit and wait until you're 18 to take the road test get a provisional license.
There is one very good reason to take a Driver Education course - insurance will be cheaper than if you don't. Your parents will be happier about that.
CA Driver Handbook https://www.dmv.ca.gov/web/eng_pdf/dl600.pdf
· 4 weeks ago