TO RECEIVING A DRIVER’S LICENSE IN CALIFORNIA FOR PERSONS UNDER 18
an approved Driver Education course.
course may be taken online, or in a traditional classroom setting.
After completing the course you will be issued a DMV tracked
completion certificate. Unfortunately, these certificates are not
available to print online, and must be mailed or hand delivered to
a written test at the DMV when you are at least 15 1/2 years old to
take the written test you must first make an appointment for a
written test at the DMV. Go to DMV.CA.GOV to make your appointment.
When going to your appointment you will need to bring the following
items with you:
of completion of classroom or online driver education. This will be a
certificate issued to you upon completion of your driver education
from the school you took the course from.
birth certificate. 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 if you have one.
must also bring two forms of proof of address, I.E. an electric
bill, and gas bill etc. It is ok if these are in a parents or
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. The
form must be signed by ALL parents or guardians.
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.
written test is not that easy, so study. It consists of 46 multiple
choice questions, and you must get at least 38 correct to pass.
Study material for the test consists mainly of the current DMV
driver handbook, but also your driver education online/classroom
material, as well as practice test questions at the end of our
online driver education course, and on the DMV website.
3 - Start
driving lessons with an approved driving school, at least six hours
behind the wheel lessons for teens are broken into 3 two hour
lessons. Your permit does not become valid for you to use for
practice with others until after you have completed the first lesson
of behind the wheel training.
4 - Practice
at least 50 hours with a California licensed driver aged 25 or older,
10 hours at night.
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 25 or older has a valid California driver license,
is sitting in the passenger seat next to the driver, and is sober.
You may keep a log of hours if you like, although it is not required,
but a parent or guardian will need to sign to verify that the
practice has occurred prior to taking the behind the wheel drive
5 - Hold
the instructional permit at least 6 months and be at least 16 years
six month waiting period begins on the day that you pass the written
6 - Take
a driving test at the DMV to receive a provisional driver’s license
must make an appointment to take your behind the wheel drive test at
the DMV. You must have held your learner's permit for at least 6
months, and be at least 16 years old prior to taking your drive
test. 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 completion of the 6 hours of behind the wheel driver training.
This will be a certificate issued to you by the driving school.
permit signed by a parent/guardian to confirm completion of the 50
hours of practice.
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.