Young Drivers

Young Drivers

Young drivers can get their driver’s license at 15 ½ years old. First, young drivers must go to driving school and obtain a certificate of completion of driver education. Secondly, young drivers must complete the DL 44 application, pass the written test, and submit the certificate of completion of driver education. In order to be eligible to take the driving test, young drivers must hold this permit for six months before taking the behind the wheel test and meet the age requirement of 16 years old.

Provisional Driving Restrictions—You must be accompanied and supervised by a licensed parent, guardian or other licensed driver 25 years of age or older or a licensed or certified driving instructor when you:

  • Transport passengers under 20 years of age at any time, for the first twelve months.
  • Drive between 11 pm and 5 am for the first twelve months.

When parents or guardians sign for a minor to get a driver license, they are stating that they will accept financial responsibility for that minor. Financial responsibility in California requires that drivers and vehicle owners carry the following minimum monetary limits:

  • $15,000 for injury or death of 1 person per accident
  • $30,000 for injury or death of 2 or more persons per accident
  • $5,000 for any property damage per accident

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