What is the difference between a driver’s license and a permit in California?
In California, a driver with a driver’s permit cannot drive without a licensed driver in the car at any time. An unrestricted driver’s license allows a driver to drive alone and at any time of day.
In California, the type of driver’s license received depends on the age of the driver. Driver’s under the age of 18 must receive a minor’s permit and then receive a provisional license. Minor driver’s with a provisional license have specific restrictions unique to the state of California. Specifically, driver’s with a provisional driver’s license may not drive within the hours of 11pm and 5am and they may not drive any passengers under the age of 20 unless accompanied by a licensed adult over the age of 25.
Minor’s Driving Permit
The following are the requirements to receive a minor’s driving permit:
Minor’s Provisional Driving License
The following are the requirements to receive a minor’s provisional driving license:
Once you have your provisional driver license, you may drive alone, as long as you do not have any collisions or traffic violations.
When you become 18 years old, the “provisional” part of your driver license ends. You may keep your provisional photo license or pay a fee for a duplicate driver license without the word “provisional.”
It is important to note that a driver under the age of 18 with a provisional license cannot drive between the hours of 11pm and 5am. In addition, during the first 12 months after being licensed, a driver cannot transport passengers under 20 years of age, unless accompanied by a licensed parent or guardian, a licensed driver 25 years of age or older, or a licensed or certified driving instructor.
If you are at least 18 years old, you may receive an Adult Permit. The Adult Permit is designed to allow new drivers to gain additional experience driving before applying for a driver’s license. When driving with an adult permit, you must have a licensed driver sitting with you at all times when you are driving.
Adult Driver’s License
If you are at least 18 years old, you must do the following to receive your driver’s license:
If you have never been licensed, you must meet the following criteria:
If you have an out-of-state or out-of-country driver license, you must:
Driving skills test are normally waived for holders of out-of-state or U.S. territory driver licenses. However, the department has the right to require a behind-the-wheel driving test for any applicant. Driving skills (behind-the-wheel) tests are always required for applicants with an out—of-country U.S. license.