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Getting a California drivers license is an exciting time. There are newfound freedoms that only drivers can understand—like the freedom to pull into a drive-through anytime or never have to ask anyone else for rides!
While the process may not be as quick or easy with adult applicants, teenagers in California don't need to worry. So long as you demonstrate confidence, knowledge of the road, and good driving behavior, you'll soon get your hands on a California drivers license.
Take these steps and get on the right track towards earning your full California unrestricted license by age 18.
At the age of 15½, teens in California can apply for a learners permit (also called a provisional instruction permit). All applicants under 17 ½ are required to take a DMV-approved drivers education course, which includes 30 hours of classroom instructions. Everything covered on the exam can be found in your trusty California Driver Handbook. Be sure to review the handbook and take a few practice tests to ace the exam!
Don't forget to bring the following to the DMV:
Once you have all that you'll get your permit! Now you can prepare for your driving test with practice, practice, and more practice.
However, note the following restrictions: Every time you drive, you must be accompanied by someone who has at least two years of licensed experience and a valid drivers license. That person must be in the front seat next to you and meet one of the requirements:
If you're at least 16, have held a learners permit for at least six months, and completed 50 hours of behind-the-wheel training (including 10 hours at night), you can apply for a provisional license.
Bring the following to your DMV driving test:
Once you pass, you'll receive an interim California drivers license valid for 90 days. Your provisional license will be mailed to you. You can drive solo without supervision, however, there are a few restrictions for the first 12 months:
Exceptions to these restrictions are if you to need to drive for:
Once you turn 18, your provisional license will be upgraded to a full California drivers license. Congrats and safe driving!