How to Get a California Driver's License: A Step-by-Step Guide

Getting a driver's license in California can be a daunting task, especially for those who are new to the state. But with the right information and preparation, you can make the process much easier. In this article, we'll walk you through the steps you need to take to get your California driver's license. First, you'll need to present one or more acceptable documents that establish your identity and date of birth. You may also need to provide your Social Security Number (SSN), if eligible.

Then, you'll need to fill out the Application for a Driver's License or Identification Card (Form DL-4). This form is available at DMV offices, but you can save yourself some time by completing the online application. If you're a young driver, you'll need to complete some additional steps. To begin with, you'll apply for a provisional permit. To obtain a provisional permit, a parent's signature on DL 44 is required, in addition to the other documents mentioned above.

If both parents have custody, both parents must sign. You'll also need to provide a certificate of completion from a California driver's education provider or proof that you are currently enrolled in driving training. The training behind the wheel must consist of at least 50 hours of driving, with 10 of those hours at night. An instruction permit is not valid unless you participate in driver training. During the permit period, you cannot drive alone. After six months of driving with another California licensed driver who is 25 years of age or older, you can take the driving test for a driver's license. California residents who have never obtained a driver's license before have to go through a few more obstacles.

Once they have met these requirements and USCIS verifies their legal presence, they will obtain their driver's license. Details on license categories and subtypes can be found in the California Driver's Handbook. Dependents who are legally present in the U. S., but who are not eligible for an SSN (such as J-2) must submit a denial letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) to the DMV, along with documents proving their legal presence, to apply for their driver's license. Once all requirements are met and you pass your driving test, you'll get a temporary driver's license that will be valid for 90 days. If you already have a driver's license in another state, you don't have to start from scratch after moving to California.

Darryl Pucillo
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