How to apply for a provisional permit if you are under 18
To apply for a provisional permit, you will need the following:
Note: To allow you sufficient time for testing DMV will not be administering written or audio exams after 4:30 p.m.
If you are 15 ½ to 17 ½ years of age, you will need to provide a:
NOTE: If your driver education and driver training were taken in a state other than California, DMV will accept either “To Secondary Schools Other Than California Schools” form (DL 33) form completed by the out – of state secondary school. Obtain a DL 33 form from your local DMV office or by calling DMV at 1 – 800 – 777‑0133. Send the DL 33 form to your out – of – state secondary school to complete.
An out – of – state driving instructional permit is not acceptable proof of driver education and driver training.
If you are over 17 ½ but under 18 years of age, you may get your permit without the driver education and driver training certificates however, you will not be able to take the driving test until you turn 18.
Once you pass your written test, you will be issued a provisional permit.
A parent, guardian, spouse or adult 25 years of age or older, who has a valid California driver license, must be with you when you drive. He or she must sit in a position close enough to take control of the vehicle, if necessary. It is illegal for you to drive alone at any time.
To take your driving test, you will need to:
After you pass your driving test you will be issued an interim license valid for 90 days until you receive your new photo license in the mail. Check your address before you leave DMV and tell the DMV representative if you have moved or if your address is incorrect. If you have not received your license after 60 days, call 1 – 800 – 777‑0133 to check on the status. Have your interim license with you to provide information when requested.
If you fail your driving test, you must wait two weeks before you can take the test again. You have three chances to pass.
If driver education and driver training were taken in a state other than California, DMV will accept either a To Secondary Schools Other Than California Schools form DL 33 completed by the out – of state school, or a letter on the out – of state school’s stationery signed by a school official stating that the courses are equivalent to California’s requirements. Instructional permits issued by another state are not acceptable proof.
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