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Teen's Licensing Requirements
1- Complete Driver's Education (online or classroom). (Tip: Do it when you are 15 years and 4 months).
2- Pass the written law test at your local DMV, so you can obtain your provisional instruction permit (Tip: ideally, you should take it when you turn 15½ years old) (Note: If you fail the written test, you must wait 7 days (1 week), not including the day the test was failed before retaking the test).
3- Once you have a permit, CALL US at (619) 275-3711 or pay online (TEEN- Six hours Behind-the-Wheel training) and our secretary will contact you/your parents the next working day to schedule your first behind-the-wheel lesson (two hours long). IMPORTANT: your permit is NOT valid until you have completed your first behind-the-wheel lesson and the instructor signs it (READ notice on the second page of your permit!).
4- Hold your permit for at least six (6) months before you can take your driving test, period in which you are supposed to:
(a) complete two more classes of behind-the wheel (in total you need at least three classes=six hours).
(b) complete a minimum of 50 hours of supervised practice with your parents (10 of those hours done at night). (READ the Parent-Teen Training Guide (DL 603))
5- Be at least 16 years old. Ideally, you should get your "permit" when you are 15 1/2, so that when you turn 16 you already have the six months, the 50 hours with your parents, and the six hours with your instructor (upon completion of the third lesson you will receive the certificate).
6- Pass a behind-the-wheel road test at your local DMV. (You have 3 chances to pass the driving test while your permit is valid. If you fail the behind-the-wheel driving test, you must pay a retest fee for a second or subsequent test and wait 14 days (2 weeks), not including the day the test was failed before you are retested).


Note: Once you have your provisional DL, you may drive alone, as long as you do not have any collisions or traffic violations on your driving record. During the first 12 months after you are licensed, you cannot drive between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. and you cannot transport passengers under 20 years old. The restrictions will read as follows: "First 12 months of license may not transport passengers under age 20, and may not drive between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. without parent/other driver as specified in § 12814.6 California Vehicle Code (CVC)." When you become 18 years old, the “provisional” part of your DL ends. You may keep your provisional photo license or pay a fee for a duplicate DL without the word “provisional.”

Golden State Driving School adheres to the

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

"Rules for the Road" safety campaign

National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 21-27, 2018

This week and every week, parents should have conversations with their teens about the important rules they need to follow to stay safe behind the wheel of a passenger car, truck, or SUV. These rules address the greatest dangers for teen drivers: alcohol, inconsistent or no seat belt use, distracted and drowsy driving, speeding, and number of passengers.

The Problem: Too many teens are dying on our roads

  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens (15-18 years old) in the United States - ahead of all other types of injury, disease, or violence.

  • In 2016, there were 2,288 people killed in crashes involving a teen driver (15-18 years old), of which 814 deaths were the teen driver - a 6% increase from 2015.

  • Parents can be the biggest influences on teens’ choices behind the wheel if they take the time to talk with their teens about some of the biggest driving risks.


Even if you think they don't hear you, they do. Remember, set the rules before they hit the road.

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