California teens that are under 18 and at least 15 ½ can apply for a provisional driver's license. The first step to getting a provisional driver's license is to get a California instruction permit as known as a "learner's permit". The permit and driver's license are called "Provisional" because teens are under age 18. This means there are additional restrictions placed on the permit and driver license that adults (18 and over) do not have.
In order to be eligible to test for and receive a provisional instruction permit, teens must:
Be at least 15 1/2 years old
Have completed Driver's Education and be in possession of a DL-400B or DL-400C Certificate of Completion of Driver's Education.
It is strongly recommended that you make an appointment by calling the DMV Appointment Reservation line @ 800-777-0133. Teens applying for and taking the written exam for a provisional instruction license will also need to bring the following documents with them and a parent or legal guardian:
A completed, original DL44 Application for Driver's License form (available from your driving school or at the DMV)
Your Social Security Card
Your original birth certificate or a certified copy. If you are not a US-born citizen, you must provide proof that you are a legal US resident.
Certificate of Completion of Driver Education.
Certificate of Completion of Non-Classroom Driver's Education DL400C
Certificate of Completion of Driver's Education DL400B
Precision Driving School
3343 Santa Fe Street Suite D
Riverbank, California 95367
Certificate of Completion Of Behind-The-Wheel Training DL400D