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STEPS TO RECEIVING A DRIVER'S LICENSE IN CALIFORNIA FOR PEOPLE 18 OR OVER.


STEP 1 – Take a written test at the DMV to get a learner's permit.

Study 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:


    *Your 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.

    *Your social security card.

    *You must also bring two forms of proof of address, I.E. an electric bill, and gas bill etc.

    *An 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.

    *An application fee of $32 dollars for an original license. Checks and debit cards are ok, but no credit cards.

    *You 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 older.

The 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 you choose.



STEP 3 - Return to the DMV for a behind the wheel driving test to obtain your license.

You 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:


*Your Learner's Permit.


*Proof of insurance for the vehicle you are using.


*Current registration for the vehicle you are using.


The vehicle you choose to use must meet the minimum DMV requirements for a drive test which include the following:

    • The vehicle must not have bald tires.

    • The vehicle must have working non-damaged seat belts.

    • The vehicle must not have a cracked windshield.

    • The vehicle's glove box must remain closed.

    • The vehicle must have working front driver and passenger windows.

    • The vehicle's lights(blinkers, hazards, brake, and headlights) must work.

    • The vehicle must have working windshield wipers.

    • The vehicle must have a working front defrost system.