California AB 60 License Requirements

How to Get Your License

Ready to earn your official California drivers license? Great! The process may seem complicated, but we’ve broken it down into a few simple steps. Follow along and stay on track to get your license!

A Step-By-Step Guide

First, you’ll need to get your instruction permit.

  1. Go to the DMV. You should always make an appointment before going to the DMV. You can make an appointment online at the DMV’s website, call 1-(800)-777-0133, or use the DMV Now app on your iPhone or Android device.
  2. Fill out form DL 44. This is the same form used by all drivers license applicants in California. Do not write any false information on this form. If you do not have the information requested, such as a valid social security number, leave that part blank. Provide as much of the requested information as you can.
  3. Pay the $33 application fee. Pay this money directly to the DMV while you are in the office. This is the only fee for a drivers license.
  4. Prove your identity and California residence. For more information on proving your identity and California residence, visit our FAQ.
  5. Give your thumbprint. Remember: the DMV will not start an investigation into your immigration status. If Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is already investigating you, speak with a trusted lawyer before applying for an AB 60 license.
  6. Have your picture taken.
  7. Pass the vision exam. If you need glasses or contact lenses to see clearly, you will be required to use these while driving.
  8. Pass the written exam. For help passing the written exam, use our free online course (currently available only in Spanish) and free printable practice tests.
  9. Get your instruction permit. An instruction permit allows you to drive a vehicle ONLY WHEN a person age 18 or older, who holds a valid California driver license, rides in the front passenger seat. Once you have your instruction permit, you can practice driving with a licensed adult driver until you feel comfortable taking and passing the driving test.

Next, get your driver license.

  1. Go to the DMV. We strongly recommend that you make an appointment before visiting the DMV.
  2. Prove that you have auto insurance. The vehicle you use for the driving test must be insured or you will not be able to take the test.
  3. Pass the driving test.
  4. Receive your driver license! The DMV will print out a temporary copy of your official California driver license when you pass the driving test. You can use this paper copy until your permanent license arrives in the mail.

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