How to apply for a provisional permit if you are under 18
To apply for a provisional permit, you will need the following:
- Be at least 15 ½, but under 18 years of age
- Make an appointment before visiting a DMV office (walk-ins are only accepted at a Driver License processing Center.
- Complete the application form DL 44 (An original DL 44 form must be submitted. Copies obtained by xeroxing, faxing, or other methods will not be accepted.)
- Have your parents or guardians signatures on the application form DL 44
- Provide your social security number. It will be verified with the Social Security Administration while you are in the office.
- “Provide your true full name if your name no longer matches the name on your birth date legal presence document.”
- Verify your birth date and legal presence
- Submit the proper form(s) for driver education and/or driver training classes (See below for details.)
- Give a fingerprint
- Pay the $33.00 application fee (This fee entitles you to three exams of any type within the 12-month period and pays for both the instruction permit and the driver license. If all requirements are not met within the 12-month period, the application becomes void and all steps must be completed again.)
- Pass a vision exam
- Give your fingerprint again, provide your signature (that will appear on the driver license), and have your picture taken.
- Pass a traffic laws and sign test. There are 46 questions on the test. A passing score is at least 38 correct answers. You have three chances to pass the test. If you fail, you must wait 7 days before taking it again.
Note: To allow you sufficient time for testing DMV will not be administering written or audio exams after 4:30 p.m.
Driver Education and Driver Training Form Requirements
If you are 15 ½ to 17 ½ years of age, you will need to provide a:
- Certificate of Completion of Driver Education.
- Certificate of Completion 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.
Before being eligible to take your driving test you must:
- Be 16 years old
- Have held your permit for a minimum of six months
- Have completed driver education
- Have completed 6 hours of professional driver training
- Have completed 50 hours of practice with an adult 25 years or older. The adult must have a valid California driver license and certify to the 50 hours of practice. At least 10 of the 50 hours must have been done at night.
To take your driving test, you will need to:
- Make a driving test Appointment(s). (Driving tests are not given without an appointment.) You may also call 1-800-777-0133 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, to make a driving test appointment.
- Provide proof of financial responsibility
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.