California has a graduated drivers licensing program made for teens who are trying to get their driver’s license. For those who are between the ages of 15 1/2 and 17 1/2, you are able to get your learner’s permit by going through the following steps. For those who are over the age of 17 1/2 yet below 18, you are able to get your learner’s permit without having to take driver’s education and driver’s training. However, it should be noted that you will not be able to take the driving test until you turn 18.
A) Practice with Free Online Tests
You can take online practice tests prior to taking your real test at the DMV. This ensures you are prepared for the kinds of questions that you will be asked on the real test. You’ll find questions on topics such as the traffic laws of California along with the different road signs and traffic signals. It would also be beneficial to check out the CA Driver Handbook.
B) Prepare Your Documents and Fees
You should have the following ready when you head to the DMV for your test:
A filled-out form DL 44 (has to be an original and must be signed by a parent or guardian). You may call the DMV to get this form by mail.
- Proof of your true name.
- A document that proves your birth date and legal presence.
- Proof of completing driver’s education.
- The application fee.
C) Taking the California DMV Permit Test
Once you’ve got all of the above ready, you can take your written test at a California DMV near you. It would be a good idea to make an appointment first.