California Learner's Permit Test
The California DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) is responsible for licensing the drivers of California, registration & title, investigating complaints, and maintaining records. The CA DMV collects over $6.5B annually in revenues. The driver license section of the CA DMV offers a wealth of resources, from FAQs to manuals to written practice tests. You can also use the CA DMV website to schedule an appointment and find driver test locations.
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Getting a California Learner’s Permit
Who needs a learners permit?
Any first time drivers under the age of 18 that have always lived in the state of California are required to obtain a drivers permit.
How old do I need to be to get a learner’s permit?
For a driver’s permit or motorcycle or moped driver’s permit, you must be at least 15 ½ years old but under 18 at the time you apply for the permit.
Requirements to getting a learner’s permit
You will need to provide required proofs of age, identity, citizenship and residency at the time of application. You must be at least 15 ½ years old, have a parent or guardians approval for obtaining a license and able to pass a vision exam. In addition you are required to present your certification of successful completion of Driver’s training when applying.
Cost of a California learner’s permit
The cost of a California’s learner’s permit is 32 dollars. This fee will cover up to three exam tests in a 12 month period and both the learner’s permit and driver’s license upon successful completion of the process.
Steps to getting a California learner’s permit
Follow these simple steps to obtaining your learner’s permit:
- Register for an approved driver’s school and complete the course
- Read over the California Driver’s Handbook, use as many learning sheets and practice tests from online sources as possible and be fully prepared to take the learner’s permit test.
- Gather together all the required proofs of identity, citizenship, age and residency necessary for your application.
- Schedule an appointment at the local DMV office to save time and gather all necessary information in a safe place such as a folder.
- You will present your application, required proofs, certificate of complete for Driver’s training and the parent or guardian’s written permission of liability.
- Take the vision exam and pay the learner’s permit fee.
Driving with a California learner’s permit
You must drive with a licensed parent or guardian, grandparent or pre-approved licensed driver over the age of 21 at all time with your learner’s permit. Be sure that you and parent read over the California Parent-teen Driver’s guide including the checklist before you first time out on the roads. Start slowly with residential areas and work your way up to main roads as you feel more comfortable. Be sure to fulfill the driving requirements for the learner’s permit before attempting to begin the testing process for your license including at least 12 hours of driving after dusk.
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