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6. California Licensing & Registration

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5. The Driver License (cont.)

There are different requirements for obtaining licenses for people previously licensed in another US state or territory, or in another country, which may include a waiver of the driving test. If you’re a new California resident, you’re only allowed to drive in the state for 10 days before obtaining a California license.

A driver license issued to a person younger than 18 years of age is called a provisional license. A provisional license is a temporary license that allows you to gain driving experience, until you reach the age of 18. It is called "provisional" because it has certain provisions attached to it, as opposed to a regular driver license. Nobody obtains a full driver’s license until the age of 18.

To obtain a provisional instruction permit you must be at least 15.5 years old.

You must be 21 years of age or older to apply for a license to drive commercial vehicles if the vehicle is used in interstate commerce or to transport hazardous materials.

In addition to other licensing requirements, provisional license applicants must complete 50 hours of supervised behind-the-wheel driving practice, 10 of which must be at night.

To obtain a driver license you:

  • must be a legal US resident
  • must provide proof of age, residence, and social security number
  • may be required to have completed a driver education and a driver training course (if under 17.5 years of age)
  • must give a thumb print
  • must pass a vision test
  • a written test showing that you understand the traffic laws of California, and a behind-the-wheel test of your driving skills

You can call or go online to make appointments at the DMV to apply for your license and take your tests, instead of waiting in line.

When you complete the application process, you will have your photograph taken at your appointment. Your license will be mailed to you by DMV.

If you use a false name or knowingly make false statements on your license application, your license will be denied, and if it was already issued, it will be revoked.

Fees must be paid to:

  • obtain an original license
  • renew a license
  • reinstate a license if it has been revoked or suspended
  • obtain a duplicate license
  • upgrade your license to another class or add an endorsement
  • resubmit an application for a license if you fail three written tests or three driving tests

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Lesson Summary


  

Lesson 6 Quiz


You will now answer 5 questions to test what you learned during this lesson. You must answer all questions correctly to receive completion credit for this lesson. You may answer the questions as many times as necessary to get them right.

You should review the lesson material if you don't do well on the quiz.

  1. The "PROVISIONS" of your provisional license include the following, EXCEPT:


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  2. The best way to prepare for the drive test is to:


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  3. You will be listed as a "Negligent Operator" if you get:


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  4. Which of the following is NOT on the permit test:


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  5. If you have trouble reading, even if in English, you may take an audio permit test:


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