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Getting Your Learner's Permit

Scheduling Your Written Permit Test: Plan Ahead

Please note: You must be at least 15½ to go to the DMV and take the written permit test.

Option 1: Schedule an Appointment at the DMV

We strongly encourage you to schedule your permit test appointment at the DMV well in advance as you may find it difficult to find an appointment on your desired test date. DMV appointments often book up 2-3 months in advance.

You can schedule an appointment at the DMV by calling 1-800-777-0133 or online by clicking the following link: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/make-an-appointment/

Option 2: You may also consider the "California DMV Express Experience"

California DMV has created a simple express system that also allows you to take your permit test. You can think of the new system as kind of a "front of the line" express pass to get your permit. You can learn more about that alternate option here: California DMV Express Experience.

What to Bring to the DMV on the Day of Your Permit Test

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

  • DMV Form DL-400C (Pink Certificate) - We will mail this to you after you complete our drivers ed course.
  • DMV Driver License and Identification Card (ID) Application - This electronic application can be completed online before visiting a DMV field office or by using the touch screen terminals at the DMV office. Applicants under the age of 18 must have their applications signed by their parent(s) or legal guardian(s). If both parents/guardians have joint custody, both must sign. The electronic driver license application provides a section for parents to complete. More information on the electronic application is available at eDLapp.dmv.ca.gov.
  • An official birth certificate (original or certified copy)
  • Proof of California Residency - Parents must provide two (2) acceptable residency documents with current address (learn more about what documents establish California Residency here)
  • Social Security Number
  • Application fee (about $41)


Instructor Liz will guide you step-by-step through the entire confusing DMV process.

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