In the state of California, like inexperienced adults, teen drivers who want to drive must apply for a learner’s permit with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This permit implies the delivery of identity and residence documents in one of the local offices of this state agency and also the approval of tests related to the act of driving.
In the case of adolescents, the learner’s permit also requires the approval of a parent or legal guardian and the payment of a fee. This is a document that allows them to legally practice and prepare to obtain their driver’s license when they reach the legal age.
What requirements do I need to meet to obtain a California learner’s permit as a minor?
As in all procedures, the requirements to register with the DMV usually vary according to the request made by the people, but also according to their age. For teenagers—it also applies to inexperienced adults who have never driven—the first step toward a driver’s license is to obtain a learner’s permit, a document that gives them legal authorization to drive with the intent to gain confidence to be able to take the driving test when they reach the required age.
According to the DMV, to apply for a California learner’s permit, adolescents must meet the following requirements:
1. Be at least 15 ½ years old but less than 18 years old.
2. Have a Certificate of Completion/Enrollment of Vial education.
3. Complete the Application for a California driver’s license or identification card .
4. Have a parent/legal guardian(s) sign the application.
5. Visit a DMV office (scheduling an appointment before).
6. Bring your California identification card or proof of identity and residence with you on the day of the appointment. (Federal non-compliant / REAL ID / AB60).
7. Pay the application fee.
8. Approve a vision test.
9. Approve taking a photo.
10. take the knowledge test composed of multiple-choice questions based on the California Driver’s Manual. The passing score is 80%.
Minors who obtain a learner’s permit must drive under certain restrictions, such as the company of an adult over the age of 21 with a valid license in the state. Some schedule-related restrictions are also assigned, reserving the privilege for the early hours of the day and forbidding it during the late hours of the night.
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