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Practice Tests for New California Drivers
Our expert team at DMV.com created the Premium Study Packet and the Deluxe Premium Study Packet to simplify your study time. These are effective study tools designed with the single intention of helping new drivers pass the California knowledge test. We have done this by taking all the information you need and presenting it in a concise, comprehensive – format.
Did You Know? The California DMV reports that 45% of test takers pass the DMV drivers exam on their first try.
By following the foolproof study tactics provided by DMV.com, you, too, can pass your CA drivers exam on the very first time.
The process to prepare for the CA drivers test consists of three easy steps:
- Read the California Driver’s Handbook California Driver's Handbook in its entirety to learn traffic signs and road rules.
- Review the California Premium Study Packet – which includes only the most important traffic laws – in order to cement the test material.
- Take the CA Practice Driver’s Test to confirm you have retained all of the California DMV’s most important driving test information.
Road Rules to Study
As a first-time driver in California, it is of utmost importance to study and memorize the different road rules of the state. DMV.com advises that new drivers ingrain the following material before Test Day:
- Road signs
- Turning rules
- Pavement markings
- Navigating a four-way stop sign
- Driving in inclement weather
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How to Ensure Your Passing Score
When it comes to passing the CA written drivers exam, the key is studying the driving rules thoroughly. Begin your study preparation with the California Driver’s Handbook. Every important traffic law and road rule is included here. To complement reading the official driver’s manual, DMV.com created a unique study tool: the Practice Test and Study Guide test-preparation bundle.
These drivers ed study tools tackle the sections covered in the official DMV written drivers test in a simplified manner. Information is concise and complete to ensure you remember every necessary traffic law. You also have unlimited access when it comes to taking the online practice driving test. By testing your knowledge before taking the official DMV written test, you can easily pinpoint which subjects you need to further review.
Knowing When to Take the California Driving Test
A passing scoring a 90% or higher on the DMV.com Drivers Practice Test means you are ready to book an appointment at the DMV to schedule your Test Day. If you score anything less than a 90%, DMV.com recommends you spend more time preparing for your written driving exam. Take some additional study time to review those sections giving you trouble, then retake the practice drivers test until you are comfortable with the material – remember, you have unlimited access to our practice test for this very reason.
Test Day Tips
As your drivers test approaches, in addition to your studying ritual, make sure to keep the following notes and tips in mind:
- Currently, the California written drivers test consists of 36 questions. You must get at least 30 questions (83%) correct for a passing score.
- The cost to get a driver’s license in California is $33, and includes the fee for the written drivers test.
- If you fail the written drivers exam, the cost is $7 per exam, thereafter.
- To take the official California written driving exam, you must be at least 15-and-a-half years old.
- You must make an appointment with the CA DMV to submit a learner’s permit application and take the written drivers test.
There is a separate test for Class M1/M2 motorcycle licenses – DMV.com also offers a separate California motorcycle license practice test.
With some due diligence, you will ace the California drivers license exam your first time. We are so confident in our study tools, that we guarantee a passing score on your first attempt, or you will get a full refund on your study packet from DMV.com.
The day you apply for your learner’s permit is the same day you will be taking the written drivers license test in CA. Bring the following items when you visit a local CA DMV office to get started:
- Social Security Number
- Proof of birth date and legal presence, of which a few examples are:
- Birth certificate/passport from a US territory
- US birth certificate
- US Certificate of Birth Abroad
- Federal Proof of Indian Blood Degree
- USCIS American Indian Card
- Valid US Passport
- US Military ID cards
- Common Access Cards
- Certificate of Naturalization/Citizenship
- Name change documents (if applicable), including one of the following:
- Adoption documents
- Official name change documents
- Marriage certificate
- Divorce legal papers
- Domestic partnership documents
Aside from English, the California written drivers test is available in the following languages:
Documents Needed for Noncitizens
California state legislature recently passed the Assembly Bill 60, which mandates that the California DMV now offer driver’s licenses to both documented and undocumented immigrants living in the state. To get a learner’s permit or a drivers license in CA, non-US citizens must provide documents proving their identities and California residencies. Accepted documents include the following items:
- Rental or lease agreement with both the owner/landlord and your signature
- Residential deed
- Mortgage statement
- Utility bills
- Official school documentation
- Official medical documentation
- Employee pay stub or other official employment documentation
- Insurance papers
- IRS correspondence
- California ID card
- Bank statement
After the Written Test
Once you pass the California written driving exam, you must hold your learner’s permit for the specified length of time – which varies by age. You will have three chances to pass the road test before you must reapply for a learner’s permit. To avoid this from happening, DMV.com encourages you to practice driving behind the wheel as often as possible before scheduling your California DMV road skills test appointment.
Additionally, you will need to pass a vision test with a visual acuity of 20/40 (with or without the assistance of corrective lenses).
Keep in mind, that in order to be issued a CA provisional license, all applicants must complete 30 hours of classroom instruction and six hours of drivers training beforehand.
PRACTICE TEST Frequently Asked Questions
I work a summer job which requires me to drive between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Can I apply for an exception?
Yes, you can apply for an exception to attend your summer job. You must carry a signed statement with you from the employer, verifying employment and containing the probable date when the employment will end. Other exceptions include medical necessity, attending school or school-authorized activities, needing to transport a family member or if you are an emancipated minor.
Can I drive in the event of an emergency even though my provisional license is restricted?
The law does not allow you to drive for an emergency. Oftentimes, it is at the discretion of law enforcement to determine if he or she will cite you for violating your provisional license restrictions.
If I’m an out-of-state student (non-resident) in California and get a part-time job while I’m there, should I get a valid California and forfeit my California driver license?
If you are just in California to go to school and California is your permanent residence, then you can maintain your California residency for licensing, voting and income tax. It is very common for college students to maintain their parents' address as their permanent residence until after graduation.
Can I exchange my out-of-state drivers license for a California license, or do I need to go through the whole process of getting a license as a new driver?
You will need your current driver’s license to get a California driver’s license. Without it, the DMV will consider you unlicensed and you’ll have to start from scratch. This means taking – and passing – the written and driving exams.
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