If you are a visitor in California over 18 and have a valid driver license from your home state or country, you may drive in this state without getting a California driver license as long as your home state license remains valid.

If you become a California resident, you must get a California driver license within 10 days. Residency is established by voting in a California election, paying resident tuition, filing for a homeowner's property tax exemption, or any other privilege or benefit not ordinarily extended to nonresidents.

To apply for an original driver license if you are over 18, you will need to do the following:

· Make an appointment before visiting a DMV office (walk-ins are only accepted at our Driver License Processing Centers).

· Complete application form DL 44 

· Give a thumb print

· Have your picture taken

· Provide your social security number. 

· Verify your birth date and legal presence

· Provide your true full name

· Pay the application fee of $35

· Pass a vision exam

· Pass a traffic laws and sign test. 

       - There are 36 questions on the test. 

         You need more than 30 questions correct to pass the test.

         You have 3 chances to pass.

You will then be issued a permit if you have never been licensed before. When you practice, you must have an accompanying adult who is 18 years of age or older, with a valid California license. This person must be close enough to you to take control of the vehicle if necessary. It is illegal for you to drive alone.

If you have a license from another country, you will be required to take a driving test. If you have a license from another state, the driving test can be waived.


Drivers Training is a way for new citizens of the United States, first time drivers or seniors to learn the rules and regulations of our streets and highways so that they can easily obtain a license to drive in California. Drivers training is many times refered to as "behind the wheel" training because once you have studied and past the rules of the road examination on paper (permit test) your next step is to put your knowlege into practice. Drivers training helps you do just that. 

YOU get behind the wheel. Our patient, understanding and experienced instructors will be right next to you to help you gain the confidence and knowledge you need to pass the california drivers test, and more importantly help you learn the skills to be a safe driver. At the end or your drivers training program you will feel confident, secure, and safe behind the wheel of a car.

We, Smile Driving School, offer drivers education and Drivers training for teens and adults. We also offer brush-up courses and special training program for senior citizens. 

All our instructors are licensed and certified by the Department of Motor Vehicles. We have met all of the requirements for licensing by State of California including inspections of the vehicles, bonding and insurance.

All drivers training programs are taught on a one-to-one basis, so that the student has the instructor's undivided attention. There are no other students in the car. We realize that one-on-one instruction is the best and the fastest way for a student to learn how to drive a car.

                             ADULT DRIVERS TRAINING COURSE 

These lessons are offered for the adult student who wants to learn how to drive or feels the necessity of brushing-up on their current driving skills before taking the Department of Motor Vehicles Road test. FREE home, school or work pick-up and drop-off is included.


Many people take their driving test when they have not sufficiently prepared, or have not practiced enough, or have not practiced the right way. Others get very nervous because they don't know what to expect. Remember, the DMV examiner will ride with you only to make sure that you can drive safely and obey traffic laws.

Your driving test will last about 20 minutes. The test consists of basic maneuvers you will encounter while driving such as: left and right turns, stops at controlled and uncontrolled intersections, straight line backing, lane changes, driving in regular street traffic, and in some cases driving on the freeway.

We want you to pass your driving test. That is why we are here!

Take the road test with us and we'll make this last part of your drivers learning experience a positive one. We will pick you up, drive you to your appointment and you will take the test with us. Yes, the same cool and calm instructor that has taught you how to drive will be there with you to steer you through the final road test.


· Steer smoothly at all times.

· Accelerate smoothly. Don't race the engine or make it stall.

· Stop the vehicle gently. Start braking well ahead of where you must stop to avoid sudden "jerks." Know where to stop. Be aware of crosswalks. If your view is blocked at a crosswalk, move forward carefully and look both ways before entering the intersection..

· Be sure your vehicle is in the correct gear. Don't grind the gears. Don't coast to a stop.

· Always obey the posted speed limits. If needed, reduce your speed to adjust for existing weather, road, and other traffic conditions. Remember to turn on your lights if you need to use your windshield wipers in poor weather conditions.

· Follow at a safe distance. Use the three-second rule. Increase your following distance in bad weather or poor visibility.

· Know what the traffic signals mean and obey them at all times.

· Always use the proper lane. Turn from the correct lane into the correct lane.

· Signal for all lane changes and turns.

· Always look for potential hazards (scan). Check your mirrors frequently. · Always look over the proper shoulder before making lane changes or pulling away from the curb.

· Drive defensively. Anticipate another driver's errors.


Starting the Vehicle:

Adjusts mirrors and seat

Fastens safety belt

Knows where the operating controls are located

Moving Forward:


Looks in mirrors and over shoulder before pulling into traffic.

Uses two hands on opposite sides of the steering wheel.


Checks traffic (sees and reacts to hazards).

Stops behind crosswalk or limit line.

Stops without using accelerator at the same time.


Slows for turns.

Begins and ends turns in the correct lane.

Yields right of way when necessary.

Accepts legal right of way when safe.

Sees and reacts to hazards.


Checks mirrors.

Looks over right and left shoulder as appropriate.

Changing Lanes:


Checks mirrors.

Checks over shoulder to view blind spot.

Changes lanes safely.

Maintains speed.

Driving on the Freeway:

Checks traffic flow.

Times entry into freeway.

Checks mirrors and over shoulder before merging into traffic.

Signals early and slows on exit ramp.

Adjusts speed to road conditions.

Defensive Driving Techniques:

Checks mirrors before braking.

Checks cross streets before passing.

Checks signal lights and signs.

Keeps eyes "moving".

Keeps a "space cushion" around the car.

Follows at a safe distance.


To take your driving test, you will need to:

· Make a driving test Appointment. 

· Provide Car Registration

· Provide Proof of Insurance

You have 3 chances to pass the driving test. If you fail, you may practice for a while, then make another appointment. There is no waiting period, but you must make an appointment. If you fail to successfully complete the driving test on the first attempt, you must pay a $7 fee for each additional driving test that is administered under an application for an original or renewal driver license.


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. 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 1-800-777-0133 and they can check on the status for you. Have your interim license with you to provide information when requested.


Congratulations on finally getting your drivers license in California!
Remember to always drive SAFE & SMILE