Permit and License Requirements
The California Drivers Handbook provides comprehensive detains on permit and license requirements and regulations. There are permit and license requirements specifically for minor and adult drivers.
A minor is a person under 18 years of age. Minors must have their applications (for a driver license or any change of driver license class) signed their parent(s) or legal guardian(s). If both parents/ guardians have joint custody, both must sign. To get a permit, you must be at least 151/2 years of age, but under 18 years of age.
Permit - Minors · Permit - Adults
Drivers License Requirements
California residents who drive on public highways or use public parking facilities must have a California driver license, unless they are:
- Members of the Armed Forces or a United States (U.S.) Government civilian employee who only drives vehicles owned or controlled by the U.S. Government on federal business.
- Persons who drive farming vehicles not normally used on public highways.
- Persons who drive registered offhighway vehicles or snowmobiles across a highway (other than a freeway).
Drivers License - Minors · Drivers License - Adults