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Drivers Ed

California online driving class, practice tests, and other tips for teens to learn how to get a permit and California drivers license.

If you came looking for this information, but want it for another state, visit:

Drivers License By State - A to Z Home's Cool Homeschooling Drivers Ed

How to apply for a provisional permit if you are under 18

To apply for a provisional permit if you are under 18, you will need the following:

  • Be at least 15, but under 18 years of age.

Driver License and Identification (ID) Card Information
To apply for a driver license if you are over 18, you will need to do the following. [Also check this DMV site if you have unusual circumstances. I cover only how an English-speaking, American teen can get a license to drive a car.]

Step 1

Take a driving course that will earn you a DMV-approved certificate upon completion.

DriversEd.com-The leading provider of online drivers education.  Ensuring you'll get your permit the first time!
Get your drivers license fast! DriversEd.com- your ticket to freedom.

When it comes to home instruction, not one other course seems as vital as drivers education. It begins with learning safety as a pedestrian, and progresses through bicycle safety. Then, before you know it, you have a 15 year old teen who wants to earn a drivers license and drive the family car in traffic! At night! During bad weather!

In order to ensure that Milpitas teens and others from the state that find this page begin to understand the responsibilities that go with driving, GoMilpitas.com has affiliated with DriversEd.com to bring you the best preliminary drivers education class in the country.

Community service organizations may become sub-affiliates of A to Z Home's Cool Drivers Ed and earn $19.95 per enrolled student for the course, or 20% of other product earnings. The group must place an ad on their website or blog promoting the course, and the link will be duplicated here.

There are also some driving schools in other Silicon Valley cities.

All StarS Driving School
Learn to drive and qualify for a license in four weekend days. Teen program available. Discount coupon in phone book. Out of San Jose.

Step 2

Wait times available on these links below for the office and the ones nearest it.

San Jose DMV Field Office
111 W. Alma Ave., 95110, (800) 777-0133. Online appointment.

Fremont DMV Field Office
4287 Central Ave., 94536, (800) 777-0133. Online appointment.

Santa Teresa DMV Field Office
180 Martinvale Lane., 95119, (800) 777-0133. Online appointment. Frequently has the shortest wait times.

Step 3

Be prepared with proper identification documents, proof of insurance, for the vision screening, and for the photograph.

  • Application form DL 44 - you can get this at the Fremont DMV field office.
    Obtain your parents' or guardians' signatures on the application form DL 44. When parents or guardians sign for a minor to get a driver license, they are stating that they will accept financial responsibility for that minor. Your parents will need to call their auto insurance agent to check what adjustments may need to be made to include a teen driver in their policy.
  • Provide your social security number.

How to Apply For a Social Security Card
If you need to replace a lost Social Security card, change the name shown on your card, or request a replacement card, you need to complete Form SS-5 which is available for download. Or you can call 1-800-772-1213.

How to Order Birth Certificates
Santa Clara County offers several ways to get your birth certificate: in person, by phone, online, via fax or mail.

Step 3

  • Study the Drivers Handbook

California Driver Handbook
You are responsible for knowing these tips and regulations before you take the driving test. DMV.

California Driver Handbook, Motorcycle Handbook
You are responsible for knowing these tips and regulations before you take the driving test. DMV.

  • Take a practice test online to get use to the language and format.

California Drivers Test
Interactive sample driving test online, if you have Java-enabled browser. Answer sheet available for those who don't. From DMV site.

Step 4

What to expect at the DMV when you show up to take the written test.

  • Have all the forms mentioned in Step 2 with you plus the certificate awarded when you passed the drivers ed course.
  • Give a thumb print
  • Have your picture taken (Where to get a haircut in Milpitas.) This photo will be your primary identification for 4 years, so try to make it look great.
  • Pay the $12 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 (Eye care specialists in Milpitas.)
  • Pass a traffic laws and sign test. There are 46 questions on the test. A passing score is at least 39 correct answers. You have three chances to pass the test. If you fail, you must wait 7 days before taking it again.

Step 5

Congratulations! You passed the written test! What do you do for the next 6 months?

  • Locate a driving school and take the three 2-hour sessions of on-road instruction. [New in 2004]

Driving School Association of California
Locate a driving school, safe driving tips, traffic schools, practice tests, insurance rates for new drivers.

  • Begin your on road driving lessons with your parent or guardian or other licensed driver 25 years old or older.
  • Complete 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.
  • Learn all you can on how to be the best driver you can be.
  • Learn how to take care of the car entrusted to you.

Articles on Road Rage and Aggressive Driving
Learn about Road Rage and how to defuse it. By Dr.Leon James and Dr. Diane Nahl.

Be Car Care Aware
A consumer education campaign about the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair.

New Driving Laws
The following are bills signed into law by the governor which have the most significant impact on the department.

Online Study Guide for Student Drivers
Good driving habits that hold true on every highway. Not California-specific.

Scooter Safety
Here are a few easily digestible guidelines for scooter safety that everyone who uses scooters should observe.

Teen New Drivers' Homepage
Advice from one teenager to others. Some advice adults would probably not think to point out, such as how to best navigate a school parking lot, or that it is best not to hit a school bus. Look out for anything to do with the mail. If there's one deer there's bound to be another.

Winter Driving Tips
Winter driving on roads and highways in the snowcapped mountains of California can be a pleasant adventure or it can be frustrating, tiring and sometimes even hazardous. The California Department of Transportation provides the following information to help make your mountain driving safe and pleasant.

Step 6

Before being eligible to take your driving test you must:

  • Be 16 years old

AND

  • Have possessed your permit for a minimum of six months

AND

AND

AND

  • 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.

You will also need to show proof of insurance for the vehicle you will be taking your drive test in.

After you pass your drive test you will be issued an interim license valid for 60 days until you receive your new photo license in the mail. Double 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 (916) 657-7790 and they can check on the status for you. Have your interim license with you to provide information when requested.

If you fail your drive test, you must wait two weeks before you can take the test again. You have three chances to pass.

Step 7

Congratulations! You passed the road test! You have been issued a provisional license, which has these restrictions for the next year.

  • During the first 6 months you are licensed to drive you must be accompanied by a driver 25 years of age or older if you drive between the hours of 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. or if you have passengers under the age of 20 in the car at any time.
  • During the second 6 months, you must still be accompanied by a driver 25 years of age or older if you drive between the hours of 12 a.m. and 5 a.m., however, now you may have passengers under the age of 20 in the car without supervision between the hours of 5 a.m. and midnight.

Persons under 18 may not be employed to drive a motor vehicle. When you become 18, the provisional part of your license ends. You may continue to drive as an adult using your photo license, which will expire on your 4th birthday after the date you applied.


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