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If you're like most California teens, you are eagerly awaiting the time when you can drive. After all, driving means freedom. As for earning your drivers license, getting your hands on a pink slip is an important part of this process. But remember, access to increased freedom also means increased responsibility on your part.

How to Get a California Pink Slip

The California Department of Motor Vehicles requires all teen student drivers finish an approved drivers education course like the course in order to get their pink slip (Certificate of Completion). A pink slip qualifies the student to move on to the next step of the DMV license application process.

Drivers education courses are designed to introduce you to rules of the road and driving fundamentals. You will take lessons covering speed limits, right-of-way rules, sharing the road with other motorists and pedestrians, road signals and signs, the hazards of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, freeway driving, accident avoidance, parking techniques, and other important skills. This information will put you at an advantage when you begin your behind-the-wheel training.

What's The Importance of a Pink Slip?

A pink slip is proof that you participated in and completed a drivers ed course. It shows that you are on your way to becoming a responsible and safe driver. You must bring it with you to the DMV when you apply for a provisional license.

You can learn more about the steps to getting your CA drivers license on our website or visit the DMV website for more information.

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