California Driver's License
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California Learner's Permit
In California, all new drivers are eligible for a provisional permit at the age of 15 and 6 months. A provisional permit is considered Stage 1 of the California Graduated Driver License program and requires a minimum of 50 hours of supervised behind-the-wheel practice, 10 of which must be nighttime supervised driving. During Stage 1, new drivers are required to take a written Road Rules and Road Signs knowledge test which contains questions on California traffic laws, road signs and rules of safe driving. After you have held your provisional permit for six months, completed 6 hours of professional driver training and driver education you are eligible to take your road test when you turn 16 years of age.
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California Road Test Requirements
The road test will last approximately 20 to 30 minutes and you'll need to schedule it in advance. A California DMV driver license examiner will administer the road test; however you will need to supply your own vehicle. Dont forget...the examiner will check to see if the car you are driving has a current registration, plate and tab, and proof of vehicle insurance.
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Before you get out on your own with the examiner, learn the important driving skills you will be tested on to receive your driver's license!
With the Behind the Wheel Road Test Course you'll receive a complete Vehicle Inspection and Driving Skills Checklist to use prior to leaving for your exam.
California Road Test Maneuvers
Think you're ready for your driving test? Learn how to safely perform all 12 driving manuevers you'll be tested on before you go to the drivers license office. It's 100% Online...Practice the road test as many times as you need to!
Be prepared to perform the following maneuvers during your California road test:
- Perform safe Left and Right Turns, as well as Three Point Turns
- Proper Signaling for lane change and parking
- Lane Usage, Right-of-way, Intersection Approach and Overall Vehicle Control
- Backing of vehicle and making quick stops
- Parking of the Vehicle (possibly Parallel Parking)
You'll receive a Driving Maneuvers Checklist with the road test course. We suggest you also review the CA Driver's Manual.
Driver's License Documentation Requirements
Before you head to the California DMV Office, make sure you have the required Primary and Secondary identification documents to get your driver's license. You will be required to pay a onetime application fee that allows you 3 attempts to pass the test:
Acceptable Forms of Identification to apply for an California License
Scheduling Your Road Test Appointment
In California, driving tests are not giving without an appointment.
The driving skills test can be scheduled, as well as canceled, through the California Department of Motor Vehicle's website. For faster service, it is recommended that you schedule your appointment in advance. Please visit the CA DMV website to schedule your appointment. If you happen to fail the test, and need to reschedule, you may re-test as soon as the next business day.
California GDL Laws
In 1998, California enacted their Graduated Drivers License law that requires all new teen drivers to obtain their driver’s licenses through a three-step process. This law is aimed at reducing the amount of teen driving accidents, injuries and fatalities.
Stage 1: Provisional Permit
A new driver must be at least 15 years and 6 months old to apply for a provisional permit. The licensee must hold the permit for a minimum of 6 months. If licensee is under 17 years old and 6 months, they should complete driver education and 6 hours of professional driver training. During this period, the licensee must complete 50 hours of supervised driving - 10 of which should be at nighttime, accompanied by a validly CA licensed adult age 25 years or older.
Stage 2: Interim Driver's License
To apply for an interim driver's license, the driver must be at least 16 years old and has completed the road test. The interim driver's license is good for 60 days, a period in which the licensee should receive their new photo license, the provisional driver’s license. The nighttime driving restriction applies for the hours between 1 1 PM and 5 AM. For the first 12 months, the licensee is not allowed to drive with passengers, unless supervised by a validly CA licensed adult age 25 years or older.
Stage 3: Provisional Driver's License – Full License
The provisional driver's license in California carries certain restrictions that are lifted when the licensee turns 18, which also removes the "provisional" status of the license.
After 12 months have passed from the issue date of the provisional driver's license, restrictions no longer apply, given that the licensee does not break any traffic law.