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California Drivers License

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California Drivers License (DL) is a card which gives you permission to operate a motor vehicle. A DL includes your true full name, birthdate, mailing address, signature, photograph, and physical description. The card must be in your possession anytime you operate a motor vehicle.

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California Drivers License (DL) is a card which gives you permission to operate a motor vehicle. A DL includes your true full name, birthdate, mailing address, signature, photograph, and physical description. The card must be in your possession anytime you operate a motor vehicle.

Planning future travels? As of the new May 7, 2025 deadline, you will not be allowed to use your driver’s license to board a domestic flight unless it is REAL ID compliant. Learn More.

You need a valid California DL to operate a motor vehicle. Learn about the types of DLs offered and the requirements for applying for one. California Drivers License

You can start your application for a DL online and finish the process at a DMV office. There’s an application fee for original, renewal, and replacement DLs.

California Drivers License License Types

There are two main categories of DLs: noncommercial and commercial. Within the noncommercial category, there are sub-types of licenses that authorize drivers to operate specific types of motor vehicles. Details about the categories and sub-types of licenses can be found below, as well as in the California Driver Handbook.

There are four types of noncommercial DLs:

  • Basic DL (Class C): A standard vehicle or truck for personal use on California roadways. With a Class C driver’s license, you may tow:
  • A single vehicle with a GVWR of 10,000 lbs. or less (including a tow dolly).
  • With a vehicle weighing 4000 lbs. or more unladen, a:
    • Trailer coach or fifth-wheel travel trailer under 10,000 lbs. GVWR when towing is not for compensation. California Drivers License
    • Fifth-wheel travel trailer exceeding 10,000 lbs. but under 15,000 lbs. GVWR, when towing is not for compensation, and with endorsement.
  • Motorcycle (Class M1 or M2): 2-wheel motorized vehicle. Learn how to apply for a motorcycle license.
  • Travel trailer/fifth wheel (Noncommercial Class A): Over 15,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), or a trailer coach over 10,000 pounds GVWR (when the towing is not for compensation).
  • Housecar/motorhome (Noncommercial Class B): Over 40 feet, but not over 45 feet (with endorsement).

All noncommercial DLs are available as either REAL ID compliant or federal non-compliant cards.

California Driver’s License

If you will be driving in California or you plan to purchase a motor vehicle (a car, scooter or motorcycle), we recommend that you get a California driver’s license. Many insurance companies will provide coverage or offer you better rates only if you have one, and having automobile insurance is a legal requirement. California Drivers License

Tourists may drive rental cars in California for one year as long as they have a valid driver’s license from their home country.  See the Department of Motor Vehicles(link is external) for complete details.

How to Apply for the California Drivers License

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has the latest California Driver Handbook, forms, and instructions on how to apply for a California driver license(link is external). Check out the helpful section in the handbook (link is external)on frequently asked questions and residency(link is external) requirements. California Drivers License

If this if your first CA driver’s license, you are required to schedule an appointment. BIO recommends you make an appointment at the El Cerrito DMV(link is external).

Social Security Number (SSN)
Generally, an F-1 student, F-2 dependent or J-1 student is NOT required to have a social security number to be eligible for a driver license; however, a J-1 scholar is required to have a social security number. J-2 dependents are generally only required to show a social security number if they have an Employment Authorization Document (EAD).

F-1 student, F-2 dependent or J-1 student SSN Problems
Occasionally , when some students apply the DMV may indicate that you must either have an SSN to apply for the Driver License OR that you must provide proof that you are not eligible for an SSN. See Who is Eligible to Apply for a Social Security Number to determine if you are eligible. If you are an F-1 or J-1 student who is eligible to apply for an SSN, follow these instructions to apply for an SSN.  If you are NOT currently eligible, you will need to apply for an SSN anyway and receive a rejection letter from the Social Security Administration.

Timing is Everything: Getting Your Driver’s License

Following these five simple tips makes the process go smoother and save time in the end:

  1. Wait 10 days after you enter the United States. You may want to apply for a driver’s license right away, but be patient. The 10 day wait allows time for all the government databases to update with your arrival information. If you apply too early, your application will be delayed or denied.  If you are a continuing student or scholar, please remember to wait 10 days from your most recent entry to the U.S. California Drivers License
  2. Make sure your record in SEVIS is up-to-date and in Active status. SEVIS is the database that contains information for all F and J nonimmigrants in the United States. Berkeley International Office manages the F and J SEVIS records for students and scholars with an I-20 or DS-2019 issued by UC Berkeley.  California Drivers License Berkeley International Office must place your SEVIS record in Active status when you first report to the campus. For students, this is done by completing the Online Arrival Confirmation at the beginning of your semester and being officially registered with the University.  For J-1 scholars, this is done at a Scholar Information Meeting (SIM).   If your record is not Active when you apply for a Driver’s License, the application may be delayed or denied. This step is only required when you first arrive in the U.S. on your new I-20 or DS-2019.  Wait 10 days from the time you complete the Online Arrival Confirmation or SIM before going to the DMV.
  3. Check your immigration documents. Check all your immigration documents to make sure your information is correct and consistent. If you have different information on different forms, it will cause delays. Specifically, check that the information on your electronic I-94 arrival record(link is external) matches the informaiton on your passport and the entry stamp there. Make sure that your I-94, passport, visa and I-20 or DS-2019 all show your name corectly and consistently.  If any of this information differs from one document to the next, please contact Berkeley International Office.
  4. Read. Practice. Review. The DMV has the latest California Driver Handbook, forms and instructions on how to apply for a Driver’s License. You will also find five sample exams(link is external). The practice exams will help you with the first step of receiving your driver’s license. Please note after you pass the written exam, you may need to take a driving test(link is external).
  5. Bring all your paperwork. When you go to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) remember to bring all your paperwork. For California, the paperwork may include these documents:

The California State Identity Card

If you are not planning to drive, the DMV also issues the California Identity Card with your photo and date of birth information on it. This is an easily recognizable form of identification used for cashing checks, proving your age, etc. Plan on making an appointment before going to the DMV. To do so, visit the DMV website(link is external)

California Drivers License

Reviews 23

23 reviews for California Drivers License

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