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Can You Take DUI Classes Online in California?

Can You Take DUI Classes Online in California?Can you take a DUI alcohol program online in California? The short answer is “no”. The state of California does not recognize any online DUI programs, and the DMV will not reinstate your driver’s license if you do not complete the required coursework from an officially licensed California DUI program.

As you’re doing your research, you’ll likely find many online DUI classes that claim to be accredited, credentialed, and licensed. You can certainly take these classes. They may help you better understand how you ended up in this situation. However, it’s important to understand that these classes would be self-serving. In other words, the court and DMV will not recognize any online coursework you’ve completed.

Special Note For 2020: During the pandemic, many people are wondering if they can take DUI classes online in California. The answer is still no. For further information, please visit The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) webpage on DUI programs. You can also browse the PDF they have created called COVID-19 FAQs: Driving-Under-the-Influence Programs.

What Are the Course Requirements for a DUI in California?

If you’re a first-time offender, meaning you haven’t been convicted for a DUI in the past ten years, you’ll need to take three months of alcohol and drug education. This amounts to 30 hours plus 6 hours of AA meetings. If your blood alcohol content (BAC) measured between 0.15 and 0.19, you may be required to complete a six-month DUI education program. People who refused to take a breath or blood test, and people with BAC’s over 0.20 may be facing a nine-month program.

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Second offense DUIs are usually required to complete an 18-month drug and alcohol course. A wet reckless offense typically requires 12 hours of educational courses.

How Are the Courts and DMV Notified when You’ve Completed Your Program?

You’ll notice many online courses indicate that they will not notify the DMV or courts that you’ve completed your program. This is because they’re not recognized as legitimate sources of education by many states, including California. When you enroll in a certified program, the organization will notify the court and DMV upon your enrollment and completion of the program. You’ll also receive receipts and records to keep for yourself.

All DUI classes must be held in-person in California. You cannot take DUI classes online in California. As for the in-person classes, there are multiple organizations that offer them. The classes are offered at many different times and days. Class times are designed to fit around your schedule, so you should be able to find something that works for you.

If you’re unsure about ways you should fulfill your DUI requirements, it’s best to speak with a California DUI attorney. They can help you navigate the specifics related to your case. The internet is full of false information, and you may find yourself adhering to false information if you’re not guided by someone who is trained in California DUI laws.

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