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How To: Getting Your Driver's License in California

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It can be time-consuming at first, and receiving your driver's license is an arduous task, so take a look at the articles below for some guidance. We cover driving schools, the different tests, receiving your license guides, necessary fees, steps, and documents, and everything else you need to know in obtaining your license. Also, see our commercial, boaters, and motorcycle license resources.

List of Driving Schools in California

This page provides a list of on-site driving schools available in California as well as information about available online driving school alternatives.

California DMV Practice Permit Tests offers California specific DMV practice permit tests that help you prepare for your permit exam. We provide questions just like the ca DMV and a number of practice test options.

Traffic/Driving Schools in California

Resources for CA traffic schools that help you learn effective driving techniques to make you a safer driver.


In the state of California, traffic schools are often referred to as Driving Schools. They offer Defensive Driving Courses. The schools are licensed by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). They must have liability insurance and maintain records for DMV inspection. There are many reasons why people enroll in the Defensive Driver Courses:

How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in California

California Motorcycle License

The state of California offers you two options when it comes to getting a California motorcycle license: the M1 and M2 license. An M1 license lets you ride any motorcycle that has an attached motor, or motorized scooters. An M2 license is more restrictive, and only allows you to ride motorized bikes, mopeds, bikes with an attached motor and motorized scooters. However, before you obtain your motorcycle driving license, you have to get your California driving permit.

Provisional Permits for Beginner Drivers in California

Learners Permit

The process of obtaining your CA driving permit can be intimidating. Thus, it is important for you to familiarize yourself with the tasks you are about to engage in. Preparation and patience are key when it comes to getting your new learners permit. To obtain a new drivers license in California, you must obtain a learners permit first.

Driver's Education in California

What is a California drivers education course?

A drivers education course is required by the CA DMV for all first-time drivers before getting a CA learners permit. By successfully completing a drivers ed course, you will learn topics that will help prepare you for the written exam that you will take at your local California DMV.

Beginner Drivers in California

A guide for beginner drivers looking to receive their CA drivers license and begin driving. DMV exam information, licensing levels and more