FAQ's for Teens

FAQ's for Parents/Guardians of
 Minor Student Drivers

What are the steps to obtaining a permit? 

The first step to obtaining a permit is the completion of  a driver education classroom or online course.  After students complete the driver education course they receive a certificate of completion. 

 

What do I have to bring to the DMV to get my permit? 

There are six items that the student must bring:

•  Certificate of completion of driver education classroom or online course.

•  DMV application form DL44 - We can provide this form or you can obtain this form from the DMV.

•  A certified copy of a birth certificate- No Photocopies Accepted!

•  Social security number.

•  Fees payable to DMV (No Credit Cards Accepted). This fee allows the student to take the written permit test up to three times. If the student fails the written permit test three times, they will have to pay the fee again. 

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How old do I have to be to apply for my permit? 

You must be at least 15 ½ years old.

 

How much behind-the-wheel training is required to get my license?

The DMV requires each student to complete six hours of behind-the-wheel training with a certified instructor. This training is divided into three 2-hour lessons.  Students must also complete 50 hours of supervised driving with a parent or  adult 25 years of age or older with a valid California driver's license. Ten of these hours must be at night.  Students under the age of 17 1/2 years old may not drive with a parent until they have completed their first behind-the-wheel lesson with an instructor.  

 

Can I drive with my permit before I have a behind-the-wheel lesson?

Students under the age of 17 1/2  must first complete a lesson with a certified driving instructor.  The instructor will sign the permit.  This signature validates the permit and  the student is now able to drive with a parent or adult 25 years of age or older who has a valid California driver license.

 

How long is my permit valid?

The permit is valid for a year from the date you take your first written permit test at the DMV.  If you fail your first permit test you should  take another test as quickly as possible, because your year of eligibility has already begun. If students do not get their license in the allotted time frame they must reapply for a new permit by paying a new fee and retaking the written permit test.

When can my student start driving with me in the car? 

Even though a student has been issued a permit from the DMV, it is not valid for students to drive with anyone until after completing the first behind-the-wheel training session with a licensed driving instructor.

 

When do we add our student to our auto insurance policy? 

We recommend contacting your auto insurance company as soon as your student obtains a permit.  Each insurance company will be able explain their particular policies pertaining to permitted drivers.  It is important to make sure your student will be covered while training in your personal vehicle.

 

Does the driving school's auto insurance cover my student while he/she is driving the school vehicles? 

 Yes, our auto insurance policy covers all students while they are in a training vehicle owned by the school.

 

Can parents ride along with students during the lessons? 

Yes, parents are welcome to ride along and observe the lesson as long they do not become a distraction or prevent the instructor from doing his/her job.

 

How many hours of training are parents/guardians responsible for? 

The DMV requires that students complete at least 50 hours of driving with a parent or adult over the age of 25 who has a valid California driver license.   At least 10 hours must be done at night.  The DMV requires the parent or guardian to sign the second page of the permit,  verifying that the recommended 50 hours have been completed by the student.


A NOTE TO PARENTS/GUARDIANS (TAKEN FROM THE DMV HANDBOOK) 

The provisional written exam has 46 total questions.  If nine or more questions are answered incorrectly, students must wait one week before retaking the written test.  Once the written exam is successfully completed, a permit will be issued.


The permit is not valid until your child starts behind-the-wheel driver training with a licensed instructor or reaches the age of 17½.  They must hold their permit six months (or longer) and practice their driving skills.  You must help your student driver practice all of the driving skills before they come to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for the driving test.  The California Driver Handbook and the Parent-Teen Training Guide were developed to help you, and contain the requirements for your teenager to qualify for a license.  If the behind-the-wheel driving test is failed, they must wait two weeks before taking another test and pay additional fees to the DMV.


Our driving school offers the required 6 hour of behind-the-wheel training defined in Education Code §§51851 and 51852.  Our professional instructors are licensed by the DMV, meeting qualifying standards.  At the time of instruction they will sign the statement on your teenager's permit certifying that he or she has completed the first 2 hours of professional training.  This statement and a certificate of completion must be completed and returned to DMV before the driving test may be taken.


The “Provisional” license is issued to drivers under the age of 18.  Minors may keep their license as long as they obey certain “provisions.” They must obey the traffic laws and drive without an accident.  Teenage drivers also have new restrictions for the first year after they are licensed.  During the first 12 months, a teenager cannot drive between 11:00 PM and 5:00 AM and cannot transport passengers under age 20 unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, a licensed driver 25 years of age or older, or a licensed or certified driving instructor.