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Learner's Permit Checklist in California

How to Get Your California Provisional Permit

  • Be at least 15 1/2 years old
  • Complete an online or classroom Driver's Ed course and be enrolled in a driver's training (aka behind-the-wheel training) program OR be enrolled in an integrated Driver's Ed/driver's training (behind-the-wheel training) program *
  • Complete a practice test (optional) **
  • Make an appointment at your local CA DMV office (optional)

** Did You Prepare for the Written Exam?

Taking your provisional permit written exam can be tricky to say the least. In fact, approximately 70% of people fail on their first try.

Don't be one of those that flunk. Prepare beforehand by taking a practice test.

Bring to the CA DMV

  • Your parent or guardian to sign the application form (both parents/guardians may be required to sign)
  • Social Security card (or proof of your SSN)
  • Proof of your date of birth (see accepted documents in gray box)
  • Proof of your lawful U.S. presence, if you're a non-U.S. citizen (see accepted documents in gray box)
  • Proof of your California residency (your parents will most likely have to provide these documents)
  • Driver's Ed completion certificate or proof of enrollment in integrated Driver's Ed/driver's training program *
  • Payment for the $33 fee (cash, check, money order, or ATM/debit cards only)

* If you're 17 1/2 years old or younger.

At the DMV

  • Complete a Driver License or Identification Card Application (Form DL 44)
  • Have your parent or guardian sign the application form
  • Pass the traffic laws and road sign test
  • Pay the $33 fee by cash, check, money order, or debit card
  • U.S. (or U.S. territory) birth certificate
  • U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad or Report of Birth Abroad
  • Federal Proof of Indian Blood Degree
  • USCIS American Indian Card
  • U.S. or (U.S. territory) passport
  • U.S. military ID card
  • Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship
  • Northern Mariana Card
  • USCIS U.S. citizen ID card
  • Permanent resident card
  • Temporary resident ID card
  • Canadian passport/birth certificate
  • Non-resident Alien Canadian Border Crossing Card
  • Valid foreign passport with a printout of I-94
  • " Processed for I-551" stamped in a valid foreign passport
  • Permanent resident re-entry permit
  • Refugee travel document
  • Employment Authorization Card
  • For a complete list of accepted documents, visit www.dmv.ca.gov.

Forms

DL 44

Apply for, renew, or replace a driver's license, permit, motorcycle license, or ID card. Must call or visit the DMV for this form. Not available online.

Contact your local DMV

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