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What is a passing score on the California DMV test?

Currently, the California written drivers test consists of 36 questions. You must get at least 30 questions (83%) correct for a passing score.

How much does the DMV driver’s test cost?

The cost to get a driver’s license in California is $33. This includes the fee for the written drivers test. If you fail the written drivers exam, the cost is $7 per exam.

How old do I need to be to take the driver’s license test?

To take the official California written driving exam, you must be at least 15-and-a-half years old.

How do I minimize the risk of failing the DMV test?

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 supplement reading the official driver’s manual, DMV.com created a unique study tool: the Practice Test and Study Guide test-preparation bundle.

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Scoring 90% or more on the DMV.com practice test means you are ready to book an appointment at the DMV! Scoring less than 90% is nothing to worry about though. It’s simply an indication that you need more preparation. 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.

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What do I need to bring to the DMV the day of test?

The day you apply for your learner’s permit is the same day you will be taking the written drivers license test. Bring the following details 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

What other languages is the California written driver’s license test available in?

Aside from English, the California written drivers test is available in the following languages:

  • Amharic
  • Arabic
  • Armenian
  • Cambodian
  • Chinese
  • Croatian
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hmong
  • Hungarian
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Laotian
  • Persian/Farsi
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Punjabi
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Samoan
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog/Filipino
  • Thai
  • Tongan
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese.

Which documents will I need if I am not a US citizen?

California state legislature recently passed the Assembly Bill 60, which mandates that the California DMV now offers driver’s licenses to both documented and undocumented immigrants living in the state. To get a learner’s permit or drivers license, non-US citizens must provide documents proving your identity and California residency. Accepted documents include the following:

  • Rental or lease agreement with both the owner/landlord’s 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

What’s next after I pass the DMV 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 corrective lenses.

DMV.com Note: To be issued a CA provisional license, all applicants must complete 30 hours of classroom instruction and six hours of drivers training beforehand.

Some things you should know about the California DMV Test:

  • 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.
  • New drivers have three chances to pass the California written drivers license test, otherwise wait seven days to take the test again.
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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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