Getting Your Driver's License in California
Gearing up to get your California driver's license? Congratulations! It's finally time to get ready for that moment you've been waiting for, and we want to make it easy for you. That's why we've provided a guide to getting your driver's license that teaches you everything you need to know about what it takes to be a license holder in the Golden State.
California Driver's License Eligibility
There are several requirements you must meet in order to earn your driver's license in California, and these conditions vary by age. The basic steps are:
How many of these California driver's license requirements you need to complete depends on how old you are. If you are:
To help you understand California driver’s education and the requirements you’ll need to fulfill, we have a handy downloadable PDF. This checklist will help you stay on track and earn your driver’s permit and license in no time.
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How to Apply for Your Driver's License
After completing the California driver's license requirements, teens who are at least 16 years old can apply for a provisional license. A parent or guardian needs to sign a form (see our Forms You'll Need page) verifying that the teen driver has fulfilled the necessary hours. They will also need to sign their teen's application form when they bring their son or daughter to the DMV. At the DMV, the teen can take their behind-the-wheel driving test in order to receive their teenage driver's license in California!
Benefits of Getting a Driver's License in California
As a California resident, you're likely well-aware of the fact that a car is pretty much necessary in this state. But fortunately, there are advantages to being able to drive here, including:
So what are you waiting for? Get signed up for a driver's education course and get on the path to your California driver's license! And if you have any questions at all, feel free to check out our FAQs page.