Are you age 15 to 17-1/2? Discover the path from learner’s permit to licensed driver and beyond.
1. Requirements & Restrictions
You need to be between 15 and 17 1/2 years of age to apply for a learner’s permit. Learn more about age requirements and restrictions.
2. The Exciting Journey Ahead
You’ll be driving in no time! Use these tips and checklists to prepare for your driver’s license journey.
3. Take Driver’s Training
Learn more about driver’s training programs and find the right one for you.
4. Apply for Your License
Start your application online. Select MVProctor Online to take the online knowledge test at home from your computer.
5. Pass the Written Test
Passing the knowledge test shows that you understand traffic laws and safety and are ready to get your instruction permit.
6. Get Your Learner’s Permit
Visit a DMV office to finish the permit process with a vision exam, photo, and fees..
7. Practice with Test Buddy
Sign up to become a DMV Test Buddy and help us research how technology can improve the driver’s license testing process.
8. Test Behind the Wheel
Once you finish your practice hours, you’ll take your driving test. Good luck!
9. You and DMV
Congratulations! From now on, most of your DMV business can be done online with your MyDMV account – just add your DL# to your MyDMV profile.
Next Steps for New Drivers
Congratulations on becoming a licensed California driver!
Here are a few tips to make sure it’s a smooth road ahead:
– Always follow the rules of the road and laws you just learned
– Drive safely and defensively
– Do not text and drive
– Do not drink and drive
– If you have a vehicle, renew your registration every year
– Stay up to date on smog certifications
– Renew your driver’s license every 5 years
Now that you have a MyDMV account, you will be able to start and/or complete most of your business online and on your mobile device.
Buying Your First Car
Know your rights and responsibilities before buying a vehicle and learn what you can do to protect yourself before signing a contract.
Registering Your Car
What you need to do to register your vehicle and the steps to get it done depends on how/where you purchase it.
Changing Your Address
When you move to a new address, be sure to keep DMV up to date.
Replacing a Lost License
If your license is lost, damaged or stolen, apply for a replacement card. You can convert to a REAL ID if you don’t have one yet.
Renewing Your Registration
You need to renew your vehicle registration card and sticker once a year. Keep your registration current to avoid late fees and suspensions.
Selling Your Car
Use these tips to help you navigate the process of selling your car in California.