OL Application Requirements for an Independent Instructor License

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Driving School Handbook (PDF)

Driving School Instructor Plan (guidelines) (PDF)

VC Section 11105.5

The department shall issue an independent driving instructor’s license to permit instruction in any city with a population of less than 50,000, which does not have within it an established licensed driving school, to any person who meets the requirements of this chapter relating to instructor’s and independent instructor’s licenses, even though such person is not an employee of, or otherwise associated with or instructing through, a driving school, except that no independent driving instructor’s license shall be issued to a person to instruct in counties with a population in excess of 400,000. In addition, an independent instructor must at all times be employed as an accredited teacher of automobile driver education or automobile driver training under the provisions of the Education Code.
Amended Ch. 438, Stats. 1971. Operative May 3, 1972.


Independent Driving Instructor Licensing Forms and Fees

Forms

Behind the Wheel Instruction Only

The following documents are also required as part of the application package:

  • Copy of teaching credentials in drivers education
  • Letter from district or school confirming employment
  • Driving School Instructor Written Test
  • Proof that the population in the city you are instructing in is less than 50,000 (If you are instructing in a city with a population of more than 50,000 you no longer qualify as an Independent Driving School Instructor license per V C Section 11105.5)
  • Proof that the county population you are instructing in is less than 400,000 (If you are instructing in a county with a population of more than 400,000 you no longer qualify as an Independent Driving School Instructor license per V C Section 11105.5)

Schedule an appointment at a local DMV Inspector Office to submit all documents identified above and complete a written examination within three attempts.

Fees

  • $30 Non-refundable application fee
  • $1 Family Support Program fee
  • $15 Duplicate or replacement license fee
  • $15 Transfer of license fee
  • $30 Reinstatement license fee

An application must be completed within one year or a new application with all examinations and fees will be required.

The Family Support Program fee is paid on original, renewal, and reinstatement applications.


Independent Driving Instructor Licensing Renewal Forms and Fees

Behind the Wheel Instruction Only

The following documents are also required as part of the renewal application package

  • Copy of teaching credentials in drivers education
  • Letter from district or school confirming employment
  • Driving School Instructor Written Test (*) OR
  • Certificate of completion for a department approved 18 hour continuous education program
  • Proof that the population in the city you are instructing in is less than 50,000 (If you are instructing in a city with a population of more than 50,000 you no longer qualify as an Independent Driving School Instructor license per V C Section 11105.5)
  • Proof that the county population you are instructing in is less than 400,000 (If you are instructing in a county with a population of more than 400,000 you no longer qualify as an Independent Driving School Instructor license per V C Section 11105.5)

(*) Schedule an appointment at a local DMV Inspector Office to submit all documents identified above and complete a written examination within three attempts.

Fees

  • $1 Family Support Program fee
  • $30  Renewal application fee

The Family Support Program fee is paid on original, renewal, and reinstatement applications


Independent Driving Instructor Modification Forms and Fees

Forms

Fees

$15  Transfer or Duplicate


Independent Driving Instructor Licensing Authority

California Vehicle Code. Sections 11100 to 11114. The California Vehicle Code is available for purchase from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

California Code of Regulations . Title 13, Chapter 1.

Government Code . Section 6157 (a) - (d).


Application Questions and Submission Information

Please refer to the Driving School Handbook

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