To obtain California Learners Permit you must:


Make a field office visit appointment

We recommend you make an appointment to visit a field office for faster service. You can make an appointment in three ways.
1. Online at
2. Via the DMV Now app (iPhone/Android)
3. By calling 1-800-777-0133


Fill out DMV application (DL44) online

Click here to fill out an online DL44 application. 


Present an acceptable birth data/legal presence document and provide Social Security Number

Provide two (2) California residency documents when applying for a REAL ID Compliant DL/ID card. You must provide one (1) form of acceptable residency when applying for an original California driver license. Click here for list of residency documents.

*If you are applying for a DL in compliance with AB 60, you are only required to provide one (1) residency document.


Pay a $38 application fee

DMV accepts payment in Cash, ATM/Debit card, cashier's check or money order made payable to DMV. This fee entitles you to three exams of any type within the 12 month period and pays for both your provisional instruction permit and your drivers license. If all requirements are not met within the 12 month period, the application becomes void and all steps must be completed again.


Give a Fingerprint and Pass a Vision Exam  


Pass the Drivers Permit 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.
We provide practice written test questions here. Study them before you go for your permit test. 

html site templates


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.

FREE home, school or work pick-up and drop-off is included.


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.


Make a behind the wheel drive test appointment

You can make an appointment in three ways.
1. Online at
2. Via the DMV Now app (iPhone/Android)
3. By calling 1-800-777-0133


Must be accompanied by a California Licensed Driver 25 years or older

Adult 25 years of age or older, who has a valid California drivers license, must accompany with you


Registration Card and Proof of Insurance for the Vehicle used for testing  


Be ready to locate the following in your vehicle:

• Headlights
• Windshield wipers
• Defroster
• Emergency flashers
• Parking brake


Be ready to show arm signals

Left Turn: Extend your left arm straight out the window, palm forward
Right Turn: Extend your left arm out the driver's window with your elbow bent and point your hand to the sky with your palm facing forward
Stop/Slow Down: Extend your left arm out the driver's window and point your arm down with your fingers extended and your palm facing rearward


Pass the Drive Test

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 $8 fee for each additional driving test that is administered under an application for an original or renewal driver license.


After Passing the Drive Test

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. 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 to check on the status. 

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

Contact Us

To help us better assist you, please include the city you live in, and any previous driving experiences. Thank you.