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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

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I need the guides for foreigners to apply for a driver's license. I already have a license of China, passport with USA VISA, and documents clarifying my identification, but no security number. I'' stay in San Jose for about year, and really need to drive. How can I get a driver's license asap? Thank u very much!

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How do you make an appointment for behind the wheel driving test? After you've had your learner's permit for 6 months and you've done drivers school?

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hi!im 34 years old and a new immigrant just arrive last may 20 2009.im a new driver in california but only given a temporary license because i passed the exam.my question is can i drive by myself without the somebody accompanying me?

hi my name is jessica and ima be 20 years old in 3 months i was wondering can i just go and take the driving test or do i have to take the permit test first

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i'm 18 how do i get my license?

hi there im 18 n 1/5 ive herd that you can just go straight to get the drivers license without having to go for the learners pemit is this true

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Can you skip the drivers training if your 18 and jus go straight to driver's test and get the license?

how can i make in appointment for the driving test.

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im 17 and a half i heard you can get your license with out the learners permite is that true or what cuz i wanna start getting it asap

you have to pass your written exam for a drivers permite in order to get your license

I NEED TO MAKE A DRIVING APP HOW DO I DO THAT????

i am 18 years old and want to apply for my drivers license do i need to go to any driving classes or can i just apply?

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could i get my license right now? im 17 1/2

ok im almost 18 ill be 18 in July ...How do I get My license

I've heard that if the person is 17 and 1/2 they dont need a learner's permit to get their liscence, is this true? Or do I still need to take the test for a learner's permit?

I would like to renew my Driver license but it has expired for a long time from another state

Do I need to start over and what would I need to do?

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Im 14 and CANNOT wait to drive myself...It'll be so cool, cuz I'll be a Sophmore and have a car, cuz Ill turn 16 in the first two months...

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I'm 19 years old and I'm here in the United States as an international student. Can I apply for a driver license?

Thank you.

the question you asked is a great one and your answer is yes..one thing is you need to talk to your organization first and have them write you a concent form.

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im a 18 year old female.3 months till 19.when i was 17 i took my permit written test and havent passed it 6 times because in my head the answares get mixed and i cant understand correctly.but A'ce it perfectly when read to me.But now that im 18.what amount of cash do i need to pay my license?28 for my permit? or 28 for just the behind the wheel test to get my license.im really confused.i know alot of people will say im stupid for not understanding but honestly i get sentances mixed.

i am 18 and i am going to be 19 in may and i know that it must be hard but the only amount you have to pay is 28 like all of us...

can i take the drivers license test online?

can i be 17 1/2 to take the test without driver ed

How can I make an appointment to get my lincense now that I am 18? :)

 

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