New resident of California? First of all, welcome! Now, after you sort of settled in you can get your local driving license. It’s not too complicated - so let’s start!
How to apply?
The first step, naturally, would be scheduling an appointment with the closest DMV. There, you’ll have to go through a vision test, a written test, and fill out the Driver License or Identification Card Application (Form DL-44).
What documents do I need?
You’ll need to bring in these documents to the DMV to get your license:
A Social Security card
Proof of your full and true name and your birth date (your passport would do)
2 Documents proving your California residency (here’s the full list of approved documents: https://bit.ly/2U4GDG3
Your international/other state driver license
The exam portion:
You can prepare for your written exam by reading the California Driver Handbook. Here’s a link: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/web/eng_pdf/dl600.pdf
If you pass the test (assuming you have a driver’s license from a different country) you’ll get a permit that will allow you to drive.
After getting your permit, you’ll have to go through driving training under DMV supervision and take a driving education class, before you can take your driving test.
Why should I get a license if I already have a permit?
A California driver’s license is the primary form of identification. It’s a card that can be used to prove your residency in the future much easier than any other ID or documentation.