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How to Apply for a New Driver's License in California

You can apply for a new driver's license at any DMV office in California. Obtain a California Driver's Handbook to get familiarized with the driving rules and regulations.

NEW DRIVERS AND FIRST TIME APPLICANTS

Following are the basic requirements for applying for a California driver's license:

  1. Applicants must be 15 1/2 years or older.
  2. Any individual under 18 should provide parental consent by providing their signature on form DL 44. For additional details, see Beginner Drivers and/or Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers.
  3. Everyone must pass the vision, traffic laws and sign tests. See Practice Tests and Driver's Handbook for more information on the written examination. Driver education programs can help individuals prepare for their road test. There is a $6 fee for every additional driving test you take. You have three chances to pass.
  4. Applicants must provide a social security number.
  5. Applicants must provide acceptable proof of true full name and a thumbprint.
  6. Applicants must provide proof of California birth date and legal presence.

NEW RESIDENTS

California residents holding a driver's license from another state may also need to pass the three tests. The driving test may be waived at the discretion of the examiner. For individuals holding non-U.S. licenses, it is mandatory to pass the driving test. However, like other applicants, new residents must provide proof of identification, legal presence and birth date. Non-US citizens residing in California may drive without getting a California driver license as long as their home country license is valid. If, however, you become a California resident, you will be required to get a California driver license within 10 days. Residency can be proven by proof of residence, tuition payment, voting in an election or any other privilege not extended to nonresidents.

FEES

The cost for a non-commercial (Class C) California driver's license is $28.

VALIDITY

A California driver's license is valid for four years.

LEARNER'S LICENSE

With certain restrictions, an individual can legally drive in California with a learner's license. See more information on provisional licenses here.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Reviews of How to Apply for a New Driver's License in California

Where can I make the testing appointment online?

WANT TO MAKE AN APPOINMENT

Want to make appt, need California license, I'm from out of state

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I would like to make a appointment text

I would to like make appointment for behind the wheel test, i have the permit already

So even though I'm about to be 22 I still have to get my permit first before I can schedule and take my behind the wheel test for my license? Cause before I moved here I had my permit twice in Michigan already so I'm set to take my test, I've driven enough

I've been waiting for my drivers license for about a month and it still haven't came yet and my friends got theirs in a week! I have passed the tests and the dmv told me that it should come in around 2 weeks

where do you make an appointment online to take the drivers test?

I want to make an appointment for my drive e licence

I need take my driver test i need date to due

what if your over 18 do you have to take the both test's?

the permant and the driving test?

yes the only benifit you get out of being 18 s you no longer have to take drivers training

I have not received my new license yet

how do i find out if my license is suspended?

If I am not an american resident but I have a summer house here and an american car because I spend at least 4 months a year here, is there any chance to get my california drivers licence?

I'm not familiar with this I am 17 I turn 18 in November and I have my permit for six months now I wanna ask if I need the six hours of behind the wheel training or if I can just go and take the test without it? Someone help?

Hey , i turn 18 in november tooo :D

If I was charged with DUI for second time in 1996,I have went to court and as the result i had paid the fine and did 10 day of jail time and 10 day of community service but for personal reason I had move out of the country and didn't attend DUI classes and AI meeting , which was require in order to make me eligible for re applying my Drivers license . Can anyone explain to me what to do, if I decide move back to re apply for a California license again. Thank you much

Hey u Just need to pay 1,000 to get ur license back

Im 17 years and 5 months old, really close to 17 and a half. I have my certificate to take the permit test. I was wondering if i dont have to take drivers ed, since im almost 17 and a half and will be holding the permit during the time so.

Can you still take the driver's test within a month after your permit expires? Just in case I can't pass the test before hand?

I need to catch my flight next week and I been calling for the last 3 days 916-657-7790 for them to fax over a copy so I can board my plane . I need a form of ID ASAP please . The number provided above is useless can someone please help! The DMV needs a better process for this situation and you should be allowed to get a printed copy of this at the DMV after waiting a 3 hr wait.

How long can an adult take a second behind-the-wheel test in California if he or she fails her first Class C driving test? Does he or she needs to wait for a day or a week?

I got my perimt about 3 months ago and i wanted to know if i can go take my drivers test im still 17 1/2

For a regular non-commerial driver license, any restriction to operate manual vs automatic transmission vehicle?

Keith

i got my permit in July, already have my driving lessons done, tried to schedule a license test and it said my permit expired in September. do i have to wait another 6 months to go for my license?

im 21 years old, and about to take the the drivers test...I was wondering if there was a limit on how many times you can take the drivers test? Or can you take it an unlimited amount of times?? If some one has some info for me i would be much obliged with more info. Thank You!

u pay 32 dllrs n u have 3 chances n if u dont pass all those three u have to pay again :)

where do i make an appointment for the driving test ?

I misplaced my license earlier this year. I went in to get a new one in May, it's now nearly October and I still haven't received my license.

I made an appointment for the 26th of September and DMV called back and had said that my appointment was changed to the date of October 5th. On Friday I recieved a call from DMV, a recording reminding me that i have an appointment on the 26th still. I'm not sure what to do, and I want to make sure I dont miss my appointment(s).

Hi DMV, Since three weeks now that i took behind the wheel driving test.It was very successful. I was told that in two weeks time i will receive the license.This is exactly 3 weeks now i have not seen anything.This document is one of the documents required to offer me a job.The temporary permit you issued to me will expire in a couple of weeks.I wiil be glad if you could feed me back concerning this.Thank you.

hello. can i use drivers license of my country (russia) here? i have a tourist visa and i want to know, can i drive in california or no?

I'm 18 and got my license a few months ago. Stupid of me, but I lost my license. Can't find it and I need it back ASAP to get to work. How do i get a new one as fast as possible?

I lost my license 2 days ago. How do I got a new one as fast as possible?

Lost my wallet with drivers license in it.

lost my wallet and need to replace my license quickly

can I get a duplicate online?

I lost my license 2 days ago. How do I got a new one as fast as possible?

I need to get a copy of my driving license

I lost my license 2 days ago. How do I got a new one as fast as possible?

Can I get a dupicate license on line?

PURSE TAKEN OUT OF CAR NEED TO REPLACE LICENSE

So we have to have our permit for 6 months in order to get our license? What if I got my permit in june , i'd have to wait till december to get my license even if i'm going to be 17 and 1/2 in september?

Hi, I will be in California in a month for studies purposes. Just have a doubt regarding the drivers licenses. As an international student, I´d like to know if is necessary to have a proof of local Drivers License (Brazilian) in order to get my California drivers license. I will aprecciate your answers about it.

Thanks in advance.

Best regards, Fernando

My daughter, 17, took the driving test on 5/14/12 and passed! How long does it take to get her actual driver's license? Thanks!

Hi, I'm Irish and I am moving to California for a year to work, I have an Irish learners permit (provisional licence in Ireland) would that be sufficient to take a driving test in CA, to get a full drivers licence to drive when I'm over there?

i haven"t renewed my licence in over ten years what do i have to do to get them back

How much would it be to change form a AR class A licnese to a CA class C license?

 

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