For those who are new drivers, you will have requirements to satisfy that will involve behind-the-wheel training and supervised driving hours that come along with getting your new driver’s license with the California DMV.
Along with a driver’s education program, driver’s training uses everything you’ve learned in the classroom and applies it to real life driving situations that you will need to be able to handle for your actual DMV road test.
Not only is supervised driving required, but it will also help you hone your driving skills and will make you much more comfortable out on the roads once you are actually able to drive on your own.
Here you’ll find the details surrounding driver’s training and the requirements that go along with it as the next step towards getting your driver’s license in California.
For those under the age of 18, you must participate in driver’s training because it is required for those who have a learner’s permit.
Before getting your provisional license, you must:
- Finish six hours of driver’s training.
- Finish an extra 50 hours of supervised driving with a licensed adult over the age of 25.
- Keep your learner’s permit in good standing for the duration of at least six months.
- Finish a driver’s ed course.
If you’d like more details on the driver’s ed process, please refer to our Driver’s Ed page.
NOTE: You must be at least 15.5 years old to get a learner’s permit. Please consult your driver’s ed provider for more information regarding age requirements.
Behind-the-wheel driver’s training will give you a good grasp on the driving skills you will need on the roadways in a controlled environment.
You will find that driver’s training is offered by:
- Public schools.
- Private schools.
- Schools specializing in driver’s training.
In any of those three options, you will have to finish the required six hours of driver training with a certified instructor.
NOTE: Often times, driver’s training is a part of a driver’s education course, but it may also be done separately. Please call your school district or the CA DMV at (800) 777-0133 to find out about the driver’s training options in your area.
Along with your driver training with a professional, you’ll also be required to drive under the supervision of a licensed adult who is 25 or older. Prior to getting your provisional license, you must finish a total of 50 hours of supervised driving time, and 10 of those hours must be done at night. This supervised driving practice will prepare you for both your road test and the actual roads when you get out driving by yourself. A parent or legal guardian must sign off on your 50 completed hours before this requirement is satisfied.
Finishing your driver training and supervised driving hours will greatly prepare you for getting your full California driver’s license. Once you’ve satisfied the requirements and you’ve reached the age of 16, please refer to the California DMV website to make an appointment for your road test. After passing your road test, you will have obtained your provisional license.