TO RECEIVING A DRIVER'S LICENSE IN CALIFORNIA FOR PEOPLE 18 OR OVER.
1 – Take
a written test at the DMV to get a learner's permit.
for the written permit test that will be administered by the DMV. The
test is 36 multiple choice questions, based on the information in the
DMV California Driver Handbook. You must have an appointment to take
a written test at DMV. You must bring the following items with you
when you go for the test:
birth certificate, or proof of legal residence. It must be an
official copy from the county where you were born, and contain the
raised county seal. If you were born out of the country, you must
bring your proof of legal residence if you have it.
social security card.
must also bring two forms of proof of address, I.E. an electric
bill, and gas bill etc.
application for a driver license. This is a DMV form # DL 44, and
can be picked up on the counter of your local DMV office. It is a
from in duplicate, so it cannot be downloaded from the internet.
application fee of $32 dollars for an original license. Checks and
debit cards are ok, but no credit cards.
will be required to take a vision test, so if you wear
glasses/contacts you will need them.
STEP 2 - Practice
driving with a driving school or any qualified individual age 18 or
practice may take place anywhere in the state of California, with any
other passengers in the car with you, at any time of day, as long as
the person who is 18 or older has a valid California driver license,
is sitting in the passenger seat next to the driver, and is sober.
Practice as much as you feel you need to. You are able to take as
many or as few driving lessons with a professional driving school as
STEP 3 - Return
to the DMV for a behind the wheel driving test to obtain your
must make an appointment to take your behind the wheel drive test at
the DMV. You will need to provide your own car for the test,
although we do offer our vehicles for the drive test for an
additional charge. Please click here for more information on using our vehicle for the test. You may schedule the appointment online by
going to www.dmv.ca.gov. The
Drive test is about 15-20 minutes long. You will need to bring the
following times with you for your test:
of insurance for the vehicle you are using.
registration for the vehicle you are using.
vehicle you choose to use must meet the minimum DMV requirements for
a drive test which include the following:
vehicle must not have bald tires.
vehicle must have working non-damaged seat belts.
vehicle must not have a cracked windshield.
vehicle's glove box must remain closed.
vehicle must have working front driver and passenger windows.
vehicle's lights(blinkers, hazards, brake, and headlights) must
vehicle must have working windshield wipers.
vehicle must have a working front defrost system.