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Time to get your California driver’s license? Then you probably have plenty of questions about what steps you need to take. Well, you’re in luck – the answers to those important questions are below!
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GETTING YOUR PROVISIONAL LICENSE IN CALIFORNIA


COMPLETE YOUR ONLINE DRIVERS ED

COMPLETE YOUR ONLINE DRIVERS ED

Are you at least 15 years old? Then you want to start your DMV approved Drivers Ed Direct online drivers ed course. Upon completion of this course, you receive form DL-400C that you present at the DMV in order to take the permit test.

Drivers Ed Registration Get Started Today!


SIGN-UP FOR BEHIND THE WHEEL TRAINING

TAKE YOUR PERMIT TEST AT THE DMV

Make an appointment at the DMV to take the written traffic law test. Pass the test and earn your permit (you must be at least 15½ to do this).

Please note: You will need the following when you go to the DMV to apply for your permit:

  • DMV Application Form DL44 (White Form) - Form DL44 can only be obtained from the DMV office. Applicants under the age of 18 must have both parents or guardians sign the DL44 form if more than one parent or guardian has custody.
  • DMV Form DL-400C (Pink Certificate) - We will mail this to you.
  • An official birth certificate (original or certified copy)
  • Proof of California Residency - Parents must provide two documents with current address (learn more about what documents establish California Residency here)
  • Social Security Number
  • Application fee (about $33)


TAKE YOUR PERMIT TEST AT THE DMV

SIGN-UP FOR BEHIND THE WHEEL TRAINING

Sign up for your driving lessons with a licensed driving school, such as Drivers Ed Direct. The state of California requires that all minors take at least 6-hours of drivers training if they want to earn their license.


TAKE YOUR 1ST LESSON WITH A LICENSED INSTRUCTOR

TAKE YOUR 1ST LESSON WITH A LICENSED INSTRUCTOR

Once you have your permit, you must take your first driving lesson with a licensed instructor before practicing with a parent or guardian!


PRACTICE 6 MONTHS WITH YOUR PERMIT

PRACTICE 6 MONTHS WITH YOUR PERMIT

Now you must practice 6 months with a parent, guardian, or licensed driving instructor. Over this 6-month period you must complete at least 50 hours of driving, with 10 of those 50 hours being at nighttime.


YOUR DMV DRIVE TEST

TAKE YOUR DMV DRIVE TEST

Make an appointment at the DMV, show proof of drivers training completion, your signed permit (by parent or guardian and instructor), valid vehicle registration, & insurance. Ask about our DMV Test package and take the test in our vehicle!



ANY QUESTIONS?

ANY QUESTIONS?

Just follow those 6 simple steps above and you're on your way towards becoming a licensed driver! Of course, California driving laws and regulations change from time to time, so be sure to visit your local DMV website for the most up to date and complete information available regarding obtaining your driver's permit and license. Here are some useful links you might want to check out:


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