At 15 ½ years of age, you will need to submit:
- Form DL 400C (Driver Education completion) and OL 238 (Driver training completion)
- If you are over 17 ½ but under 18 years of age, you may get your permit without the driver education and driver training certificates however, you will not be able to take the driving test until you turn 18.
Upon successful completion of your written test, you are issued a provisional permit. You may drive with any licensed driver over age 25 or older. They must sit in a position that allows them to take control of the vehicle, if necessary. It is illegal for you to drive alone at any time.
To be eligible to take your driving test you must:
- Be 16 years of age
- Be in possession of your permit for a minimum of six months
- Successful completion of driver education
- Completed 6 hours of driver training with a DMV licensed driving school
- Completed 50 hours of practice with an adult licensed driver 25 years or older. They are to certify that the 50 hours has been completed. At least 10 of the 50 hours must be night driving.
Show proof of insurance for the vehicle you will be taking your drive test in.
When you pass the drive test you will be issued an interim license valid for 60 days. You will receive your new photo license in the mail. Check your address before you leave DMV. Tell the DMV representative if you have moved or if your address is incorrect. Call (916) 657-7790 and they can check on your license status for you if you have not received your license after 60 days, Have your interim license with you to provide information when requested. If you fail your drive test, you must wait two weeks before you can take the test again. You have three chances to pass.
If driver education and driver training were taken in
a state other than California, DMV will accept either
a To Secondary Schools Other Than California Schools
form DL 33 completed by the out-of state school, or
a letter on the out-of state school's stationary signed
by a school official stating that the courses are equivalent
to California's requirements. Instructional permits
issued by another state are not acceptable.