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Whether you’re cruising the streets of Los Angeles or Highway 1 outside Big Sur, the best way to get on the road is by taking our free California DMV practice tests. They help you retain knowledge better than studying the manual alone, whether you’re preparing for your permit test, driver’s license test, or senior citizens’ refresher test. Our wide range of practice tests – including 12 for car driving, 9 for motorcyclists, and 21 for commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) – is perfect for anywhere in the state, as the written test is the same at all California DMV locations. Several of our tests are also available in other languages, specifically Spanish and Russian.

California Driver's License: When You Can Apply

AgeType of LicensePrerequisites
15 ½ (First Timers)Instruction PermitComplete Driver's Ed and pass Knowledge Test and Vision Test.
17 ½ (First Timers)Instruction PermitPass Knowledge Test and Vision Test.
16 – 17 ½ (Instruction Permit Holders)Provisional LicenseMust have completed Driver's Ed and held Instruction Permit for 6 months. Also complete 50 hours (incl. 10 night) of driving practice and pass Driving Test.
17+ (Provisional License Holders)Full (Adult) LicenseMust have held Provisional License for 12 months.
18+ (Instruction Permit Holders)Full (Adult) LicenseMust have held Instruction Permit. Also pass Driving Test.

Note 1: To apply for any type of instruction permit or license, you must first obtain consent from your parents or guardians if you are under 18 years of age.

Note 2: If more than one line of this table applies to you, you can choose either option unless otherwise specified.

California Driver's License & Permit FAQ

How Can I Apply for my CA Driver's License? Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What age can I apply for my permit in CA?

    You may apply for your learner’s permit starting at age 15 ½.
  • What documents do I need to bring when applying for my license in California?

    The following explains what you must have when applying for your license.
    If you are Under Age 18If you are Over Age 18
    Form DL 44 driver’s license application, signed by your parent or legal guardian.Form DL 44 driver’s license application
    Your Social Security Number (It will be verified with the Social Security Administration)Your Social Security Number (It will be verified with the Social Security Administration
    Your Full Legal NameYour Full Legal Name
    An Original Birth Certificate/ Proof of Legal Presence
    Examples of this would be:
    • Certified copy of US Birth Certificate from state or local vital statistics office
    • US Certificate of Birth Abroad or Report of Birth Abroad
    • Federal Proof of Indian Blood Degree
    • USCIS American Indian Card
    • Birth Certificate or passport issued from a US Territory
    • US Passport or US Passport Card
    • US Military Identification Cards
    • Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship
    • Permanent Resident Card
    • Temporary Resident Identification Card
    • Canadian Passport/Birth Certificate
    • Non-resident Alien Canadian Border Crossing Card
    • Permanent Resident Re-entry Permit
    • Refugee travel document
    • Certification from California Department of Corrections or California Youth Authority
    • Employment Authorization Card
    • Valid I-94 stamped "Refugee," "Parole or Parolee," "Asylee," or Section 207, Section 208, Section 209, Section 212d(2), HP or PIP
    • Valid I-94 with attached photo stamped "Processed for I-551 temporary evidence of lawful admission for permanent residence"
    • Immigration judge’s order granting asylum
    • Mexican Border Crossing Card with valid I-94
    • U.S. Border Crossing Identification card with valid I-94
    Original Birth Certificate/Proof of Legal Presence
    Examples of this would be:
    • Certified copy of US Birth Certificate from state or local vital statistics office
    • US Certificate of Birth Abroad or Report of Birth Abroad
    • Federal Proof of Indian Blood Degree
    • USCIS American Indian Card
    • Birth Certificate or passport issued from a US Territory
    • US Passport or US Passport Card
    • US Military Identification Cards
    • Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship
    • Permanent Resident Card
    • Temporary Resident Identification Card
    • Canadian Passport/Birth Certificate
    • Non-resident Alien Canadian Border Crossing Card
    • Permanent Resident Re-entry Permit
    • Refugee travel document
    • Certification from California Department of Corrections or California Youth Authority
    • Employment Authorization Card
    • Valid I-94 stamped "Refugee," "Parole or Parolee," "Asylee," or Section 207, Section 208, Section 209, Section 212d(2), HP or PIP
    • Valid I-94 with attached photo stamped "Processed for I-551 temporary evidence of lawful admission for permanent residence"
    • Immigration judge’s order granting asylum
    • Mexican Border Crossing Card with valid I-94
    • U.S. Border Crossing Identification card with valid I-94
    Certificate of Completion of Driver’s Education or Certificate of Completion of Driver’s Education and Driver Training or Certificate of Enrollment In A Classroom Driver Education And Driver Training ProgramApplication Fee
    Application Fee
  • Where do I go to apply for my driver's license in CA?

    Go to your local DMV office when you are ready to apply for your driver’s license.
  • How can I contact the California DMV office?

    The DMV office can be reached by either calling (800) 777-0133 or by going online to www.dmv.ca.gov.
  • Who needs to bring me for the permit test in CA?

    Your parent, legal guardian, spouse, or licensed driving instructor age 25 or older must bring you for your exam.
  • Is a physical required to get a permit in CA?

    No, a physical is not required in order to get a permit in the state of California.
  • Do I need to take a vision test when applying for the California driver's license?

    Yes, a vision test is required when applying for the California driver’s license. You must have 20/40 acuity with or without glasses.
  • Where can I get a photo for my CA driver's license taken?

    You are only allowed to have your photograph taken at the DMV office. You will take it once you pass your written test. So look your best!
  • What colors should I avoid wearing when taking picture for my license?

    There are no colors you should avoid. Wear what ever color you like!
  • Do I need to put up hair when taking driver's license photo?

    You may wear your hair the same way you would normally wear it; however, it should not be covering your face or your eyes. The purpose of the photo is to be able to identify who you really are. Besides, you would not want to hide that amazing face!
  • What make-up to wear when I get my CA driver's license picture taken?

    Wear your normal make-up; however, the less make-up the better. As long as you are not wearing so much make-up to where you are unrecognizable, you will be fine!
  • Why is it best not to smile when taking your drivers license picture?

    Some states are moving towards face recognition technology that will be able to uniquely identify each individual. A straight face on the photo helps distinguish who you really are. This is all in an effort to stop fraud.
  • What are some tips for getting the best out of the driver's license picture?

    Look straight into the camera and keep a calm and relaxed face!
  • I have already applied for my CA license, what do I do next?

    If you have applied for your CA license and passed the written exam, you will be issued a permit. It will be valid for 12 months. You must wait at least 6 months before scheduling an appointment for your road test. During this wait, you are required to complete 50 practice hours on the road with a licensed driver age 25 or older. You should also be completing driver’s education class and completing 6 hours of professional driver’s training.
  • I have a question that's not answered above. What do I do?

    If you can't find the answer to your question above, please use our Beginner Driver Q & A Section to get a professional answer from our experts! If you need any further assistance, you're welcome to contact us directly at info@driving-tests.org.
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Ben Stanfill, California

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Madison Beckett, California

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Dreyk A., CA

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Tiffany Vu, California

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Jeremiah Folia, California

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Melissa C, California

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Fred Melgert, California

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Danny Reilley, California

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Jose Rivas, California

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Daniel Belle, California

"For a few months, my mother and I have been throwing the idea around about me getting my permit. But of course, me being the procrastinating teenager that I am, I didn’t study. I took a few of these practice tests some time before we even talked about it, but I didn’t take it too seriously. Fast forward to September 6, my mom tells me to make an appointment for the next day!! I was freaking out because I wasted all these months with little effort put towards studying. Remembering I had used this site before (but I forgot the name, so I googled it), I came and took each test. I even re-took a few at least twice. I did feel like it was great practice, but I was still so nervous. Well, I had my test this morning…AND I PASSED! I’m going to recommend this site to my friends. Hopefully everyone who comes across this site will at least try out one test. It’s really helpful and organized, so it’s easy to learn the information even if you get a bunch wrong."

Nyala Allen, California

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"I am an Asian and just got here in California not too long ago and I took my test this afternoon and I passed! Thanks sooo much Driving-Test.org! You made it so easy for me…"

Jackie Bower, California
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