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California DMV Practice Tests

The California driver's manual isn't enough for the written exam. The California permit practice test is just one more way you can prepare for the driver's test. We also have the California road signs test and the California new-to-state driver's license test if needed.

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California DMV Permit Practice Tests

Before you take a practice test make sure you’ve reviewed the California drivers handbook. You will be tested on this content! Find them online below

California Driver's License Practice Test

California Driver's License Practice Test

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California Driver's License Practice Test
California Driver's License Practice Test 2

California Driver's License Practice Test 2

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California Driver's License Practice Test 2
California Driver's License Practice Test 3

California Driver's License Practice Test 3

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California Driver's License Practice Test 3
California Driver's License Practice Test 4

California Driver's License Practice Test 4

Find out how prepared you really are for the DMV Driver's License Test.

California Driver's License Practice Test 4
California Driver's License Practice Test 5

California Driver's License Practice Test 5

Learn how to pass your Driver's License Test the first time!

California Driver's License Practice Test 5
California Road Signs and Traffic Signals Test

California Road Signs and Traffic Signals Test

Practice your California Road Signs and Traffic Signals with this FREE prac

California Road Signs and Traffic Signals Test

California DMV Handbooks

Before you take a practice test make sure you’ve reviewed the California drivers handbook. You will be tested on this content! Find them online below

California CDL Handbook

California CDL Handbook

California CDL Handbook
California Driver's License Handbook

California Driver's License Handbook

California Driver's License Handbook
California Motorcycle Handbook

California Motorcycle Handbook

California Motorcycle Handbook

CALIFORNIA Frequently Asked Questions

We've gathered a list of frequently ask questions by California drivers. Please click to expand.

Table of Contents

  • After You Have Passed the Driving Exam (or Road Test)
  • Applying for Your California License
  • Preparing For Your CA Driving Exam (or Road Test)
  • Preparing For Your CA Permit Test
  • Renewing Your CA License
  • Taking your CA Driving Exam (or Road Test)
  • Taking Your CA Permit Test
  • What If I Failed My Road Test?
  • What If I'm Moving to California or Just Visiting?
Why is car insurance so expensive when the driver's license is new?

According to the CA DMV, about 50% of drivers between the ages of 15-19 are involved in some kind of traffic violation within their first year of driving. Because new drivers (especially teens) have this higher risk of being in an accident, insurance companies often charge more to cover them.

How much does car insurance cost?

The cost of car insurance varies depending on various factors like your age, how many people will be on your policy, what type of car you will drive, your driving record and the insurance company you choose.

What do I need in order to apply for car insurance?

You need a car, a license and any possible driver's education certificate you posess to demonstrate that you have had proper driving training.

Do I need to have car insurance?

Yes. The state of California requires you have insurance that will cover $15,000 per person for bodily injuries to those in the other vehicle, $30,000 in bodily injury per accident and $5,000 worth of property liability coverage for the car and posession of the other vehicle.

If I'm under 18, are there any limits to my driver's license?

Yes. If you are under 18, within the first year of obtaining your license, you must have a licensed driver over 25 accompany you when you are carrying passengers under the age of 20. A licensed driver over 25 must also be present if you are driving between the hours of 11 pm and 5 am unless it is a medical emergency. If you must drive during 11 pm and 5 am for employment reasons then you must have a note signed by your legal guardian.

What happens after I pass my CA road test?

Once you have passed the road test satisfactorily, you will be given an interim license that will be valid for ninety days. Your actual license will arrive in the mail approximately 2 weeks after you have completed your test.

How to Get a California Driver’s License

Learning to drive is exciting, but it’s also a huge responsibility. The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires potential drivers to complete training and demonstrate knowledge and skills behind the wheel before allowing them the privilege of driving with no restrictions. This is required for new drivers, or drivers that have NOT held a valid license for 1 year or longer.

The requirements to obtain a CA driver’s license will vary slightly based on whether you are a minor or adult.

CA Learner’s Permit Requirements for Minors

If you’re under 17 ½ years old, you must first obtain a learner’s permit before graduating to a driver’s license. You must be at least 15 ½ years old to get your permit. To apply, you’ll need to:

  1. Complete a driver’s education course.
  2. Fill out a Driver License & ID Card Application (DL 44/eDL 44) form and have your parent sign it.
  3. Submit proof of:
    • Completion of driver’s education.

OR

    • Enrollment in a driver’s education/behind-the-wheel training course.
  1. Pass a written knowledge test at the DMV.

If you are 17 ½ or older, you can apply for a permit without completing driver’s ed or training. You will still be required to complete an application and pass a knowledge test. When you turn 18 years old you may apply for your license.

Once you begin driver’s training, your instructor will sign and thereby validate your permit. Afterwards, you can drive only with a licensed parent, guardian, spouse, instructor, or other licensed adult that is 25 years old or older in the passenger’s seat.

At 16 years old, if you’ve completed the above, completed behind-the-wheel training, and logged at least 50 hours of driving practice*, you’ll be eligible to apply for your license.

*10 hours must be completed at night.

Minor’s California Driver’s License Requirements

Once you’ve turned 16 years old, held your permit for 6 months, completed training, and logged your 50 hours of practice, you can apply for your license.

Visit your local DMV office and:

  • Provide your instruction permit. A parent or guardian must sign stating that you completed your practice hours.
  • Provide proof of completion of driver’s training and practice hours.
  • Pay the non-refundable application fee.

Once you’ve completed the above, you have 12 months to pass the mandatory:

  • Knowledge tests (3 attempts allowed).
  • Driving test (3 attempts allowed). If you fail your attempt, you’ll be required to:
    • Pay the $7 retest fee.
    • Schedule another test at least 2 weeks after your failed attempt.

If you fail either test 3 times, you’ll need to complete the application process again and repay the application fee.

Once you’ve passed the driving test, you’ll be given a provisional driver’s license. This allows you to drive:

  • Between 5AM and 11PM only.
  • Accompanied by someone 20 years old or younger ONLY with licensed parent, guardian or adult 25 years old or older in the passenger’s seat.

These restrictions are lifted if you go 1 year without a traffic violation.

At 18 years old, your license will no longer be considered provisional.

Driver’s License & Permit Requirements for New Adult Drivers in CA

If you are 18 years old or older but have never held a driver’s license before and wish to apply, you do NOT need to:

  • Complete driver’s education.
  • Complete driver’s training.

To apply for your first license, you must first apply for a permit. Complete a California Driver’s License or Identification (DL/ID) Card Application. Then, visit your local DMV office and:

  • Provide a document to prove your identity. This may include a:
    • U.S. Passport.
    • U.S. Birth certificate.
    • Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship.
  • Provide proof of residency. This may include a:
    • Mortgage bill.
    • Rental or lease agreement.
    • Proof of insurance.
  • Scan your thumbprint.
  • Pay the license fee.
  • Pass a written knowledge test. You are allowed 3 attempts before you must re-aaply).

While driving with a permit, you must have a licensed adult driver with you in the passenger’s seat at all times.

When you feel you are ready, you can take the driving skills test to obtain your unrestricted license. You have 1 year before your fee and application expires and you will have to reapply.

Driver’s License Requirements for New California Residents

If you hold an out-of-state license and move to California, you have 10 days to apply for your California driver’s license.

To apply, simply visit your local DMV office and provide:

  • Acceptable identification.
  • Your social security number (SSN).
  • Proof of residency.
  • Payment for the applicable license fee.

To be issued your new CA license you’ll have to:

  • Pass the written knowledge test* (you are allowed 3 attempts).
  • Give your thumbprint.
  • Pass a vision exam.
  • Have your picture taken.

*NOTE: The CA DMV will only issue written tests up to 30 minutes before closing.

California DMV Motorcycle Permit & License Info

CA Motorcycle Permit Requirements

If you’re under 21 years old, you must obtain a motorcycle permit and hold it for 6 months before getting your CA motorcycle license. You must be at least 15 ½ years old to apply.

Applicants 21 and older can skip ahead to the license requirements section below.

To obtain a motorcycle instruction permit, you must:

  • Complete a motorcycle training program and submit proof to the DMV.
  • Complete a Driver’s License or Identification (DL/ID) Card Application.
  • Provide your full name and social security number (SSN) at the DMV.
  • Provide your license OR U.S. Birth certificate or U.S. Passport to the DMV. If you’re NOT a U.S. citizen, you must provide proof of lawful presence.
  • Provide proof of residency.
  • Give your thumbprint.
  • Pass an eye test.
  • Have your photo taken.
  • Pay the application fee.
  • Pass a written knowledge test (3 attempts are allowed). If you are 18 years old or older you may retake the test within the same day. Minors must wait at least 7 days before retaking. You have 12 months from the day you paid the application fee to obtain your permit.

With a motorcycle instruction permit, you may NOT:

  • Carry passengers.
  • Drive at night.
  • Drive on the freeway.

You must hold a permit for 6 months before applying for your license and taking your motorcycle road test.

CA Motorcycle License Requirements

If you are 21 years old or older, you are NOT required to obtain a permit or take a motorcycle training course (though it is recommended) to get your motorcycle license. You are still required to:

  • Complete a Driver’s License or Identification (DL/ID) Card Application.
  • Provide your full name and social security number (SSN) at the DMV.
  • Bring your license OR U.S. birth certificate or U.S. passport to the DMV office. If you’re NOT a U.S. citizen, you must provide proof of lawful presence.
  • Provide proof of residency.
  • Give your thumbprint.
  • Pass an eye test.
  • Have your photo taken.
  • Pay the application fee.
  • Pass a written knowledge test (3 attempts are allowed). If you fail, you may retake the test the same day. You have 12 months from the day you paid the application fee to obtain your license.
  • Pass a motorcycle skills test.

California CDL Requirements

To drive a commercial vehicle in California, you must be at least 18 years old. To drive across state lines or to carry hazardous materials you must be at least 21 years old.

Regardless of age, to get your commercial driver’s license (CDL), you must first:

  1. Have a standard or interim license.
  2. Obtain and hold a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) for at least 2 weeks.

To get your CLP:

  • Complete CDL Application using the online portal.
  • Visit your local DMV and:
    • Provide a completed 10 Year History Record Check (DL 939) if you held a license in another state within the past decade.
    • Provide a completed Medical Examination Report Form (MCSA-5875).
    • Provide a completed Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MCSA-5876) (must be filled out by a medical professional).
    • Provide proof of your SSN.
    • Provide an identity document. This may include your*:
      • U.S. Passport.
      • U.S. Birth certificate.
      • Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship.
    • Provide residency documents (if you never owned a CA ID). This may include a**:
      • Mortgage bill.
      • Rental or lease agreement.
      • Insurance document.
    • Scan your thumbprint.
    • Have your picture taken.
    • Pass a vision test.
    • Pass a written knowledge test (you have 3 tries to pass).

*Find a complete list of accepted items here.
**Find a complete list of accepted items here.