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 How do you get your California drivers license?

How do you get your California drivers license?

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: 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: 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.



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