Permisos de instrucción

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An instruction permit is for individuals who are learning to drive and are working on fulfilling the requirements to get a driver’s license (DL).

A minor is a person under 18 years old. Minors must have their application signed by their parent(s) or legal guardian(s). If parents/guardians share joint custody, both must sign.

To apply for a provisional instruction permit if you’re at least 15 ½, but under 18 years of age:

When parents or guardians sign for a minor to get a DL, they are stating that they will accept financial responsibility (insurance) for that minor. Financial responsibility in California requires that drivers and vehicle owners carry the following minimum dollar limits:

  • $15,000 for injury or death of 1 person per accident.
  • $30,000 for injury or death of 2 or more persons per accident.
  • $5,000 for any property damage per accident.

Proof of financial responsibility (insurance) must be carried at all times in the vehicle. Most Californians maintain financial responsibility through insurance companies, which provide the policy holder with an identification (ID) card to be used as proof of coverage. The card must state the insurance company’s name and address, the period of coverage, and policy number.

  • Provide your full legal name.
  • Provide your social security number (SSN) on the application. It will be verified with the Social Security Administration (SSA) while you are in the office.

If you do not have a California ID already established with DMV:

  • Bring your original/certified copy of your birth certificate or your valid, unexpired United States Passport. If you are not a U.S.-born citizen, you must provide proof that you are a legal U.S. resident with an acceptable identity document.
  • Present an acceptable residency document.

If applying for a REAL ID DL, two residency documents are required.

If you are 15 ½ – 17 ½ years old, you will need to provide proof that you:

  • Completed driver education (certificate of completion of driver education) or are enrolled and participating in an approved integrated driver education/driver training (DE/DT) program (certificate of enrollment in an integrated [classroom] driver education and driver training program).

If you are over 17 ½ but under 18 years of age, you may get your instruction permit without the DE/DT certificates. However, you will not be able to take the driving test until you are 18 years of age.

If your DE/DT were completed in a state other than California, DMV will accept a letter from your out-of-state secondary school on the school’s official stationery. The letter must be signed by a school official stating that the completed courses you have taken are equivalent to a California secondary school course as described in Section 10020 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations and on form “To Secondary Schools Other Than California Schools” (DL 33).

The “To Secondary Schools Other Than California Schools” (DL 33) form should be sent to your out-of-state school. The DL 33 should not be completed, but rather contains the information for the out-of-state school to complete the letter. Obtain a DL 33 form from your local DMV office or by calling DMV at 1-800-777-0133.

An out-of-state driving instruction permit is not acceptable proof of DE/DT.

  • Provide a thumbprint.
  • Pass a vision exam.
  • Pay a nonrefundable application fee.
  • Provide a thumbprint again, provide your signature (that will appear on the driver’s license) and have your picture taken at the camera station.
  • Take the knowledge test(s). You must get at least 38 questions right out of 46. You will have 3 chances to take the test, but if you fail a test you must wait 7 days (not including the day the test was failed) before taking the test again. If you fail the test all 3 times, you must start over by filling out a new application and paying the appropriate fees.

All knowledge tests must be taken before 4:30 p.m. so you are not rushed when taking the test. We want you to pass your test. Study the handbook and make use of the practice tests and driving knowledge tutorial.

As soon as you pass your knowledge test, you will be issued a provisional instruction permit.

The provisional instruction permits are not valid until the instruction permit is signed by a licensed or authorized driving instructor or the applicant reaches the age 17 ½.

A parent, guardian, spouse or adult 25 years of age or older, who has a valid California DL, must be with you when you drive. He or she must sit in the front seat in order to take control of the vehicle at any time.

A provisional instruction permit does not allow you to drive alone at any time, not even to a DMV field office to take your driving test.

The California DL/ID card application and fee is valid for 12 months after you apply. If your application will expire before you have held your provisional instruction permit for the required six months to take your driving test, you’ll need to reapply at a DMV office. You will get cumulative credit for the time you held your provisional instruction permit that counts towards your six-month requirement. Make sure to bring both your expired and valid provisional instruction permits when you take your driving test to show proof of credit.

Individuals who are over 18 years old, but have never had a driver’s license (DL), do not need to take driver education or training, but are still required to get an instruction permit before they get an official California DL.

To apply for an instruction permit if you are over 18 years of age:

If you do not have a California ID already established with DMV:

If applying for a REAL ID DL, two residency documents are required.

  • Provide a thumbprint.
  • Pass a vision exam.
  • Pay a nonrefundable application fee.
  • Provide a thumbprint again, provide your signature (that will appear on the driver’s license) and have your picture taken at the camera station.
  • Take the knowledge test(s). You must get at least 30 questions right out of 36. You will have 3 chances to take the test. If you fail a test, you will not have to wait to retest (unlike minors). If you fail the test all 3 times, you must start over by filling out a new application and paying the appropriate fees.
  • As soon as you pass your knowledge test, you will be issued an instruction permit.

Your accompanying driver must be 18 years old or older and have a valid California DL. This person must be seated close enough to you that they are able to take control of the vehicle at any time. An instruction permit does not permit you to drive alone – not even to a DMV field office to take the driving test.

The California DL application and fee is valid for 12 months after you apply. If your application/instruction permit will expire before your drive test, you’ll need to reapply at a DMV office.

If you are between the ages of 15 ½ and 21 you must provide a Certificate of Completion of Motorcycle Training (DL 389), obtained by completing a California Highway Patrol (CHP) approved California Motorcyclist Safety Program (CMSP) motorcyclist training course. Once the permit is issued, you must hold the instruction permit and DL 389 for six months before we will issue a motorcycle license

For more information about the motorcyclist training course visit California Motorcyclist Safety Program, or call 1-877-743-3411.

To apply for a motorcycle Class M1 or M2 instruction permit, you must:

  • Complete a California Driver’s License or Identification (DL/ID) Card Application. If a minor, have your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) sign the application.
  • Provide a DL 389 if you are between the ages of 15 ½ and 21.
  • Provide your full legal name.
  • Provide your social security number (SSN). It will be verified with the Social Security Administration (SSA) while you are in the office.

If you do not have a California DL/ID already established with DMV:

If applying for a REAL ID DL, two residency documents are required.

  • Provide a thumbprint.
  • Pay a nonrefundable application fee.
  • Pass a vision exam.
  • Provide a thumbprint again, provide your signature (that will appear on the DL) and have your picture taken at the camera station.
  • Pass the knowledge test(s). You must get at least 21 questions right out of 25. You will have 3 chances to take the test. If you fail the test, applicants 18 years old or older may retake the test the same day, but applicants who are minors must wait 7 days (not including the day the test was failed) before taking the test again. If you fail the test all 3 times, you must start over by filling out a new application and paying the appropriate fees.
  • As soon as you pass your knowledge test(s), you will be issued an instruction permit.

The California DL/ID card Application and fee is valid for 12 months after you apply. If you are between the ages of 15 ½ and 21 and your application will expire before you have held your instruction permit for the required six months, you’ll need to reapply at a DMV office. You’ll get cumulative credit for the time you held your instruction permit that counts towards your six-month requirement. Make sure to bring both your expired and valid instruction permits when to show proof of credit.

The name on my identity document isn’t my current name. How do I change it?

Your current true full name (first, middle, last) needs to appear on your identity document. If you need to make a name change, learn how you can update info on your DL/ID card.

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