Learners Permit Requirements

Understanding the Requirements for a Provisional Driver's License in The State Of California

Your Guide to Getting Behind the Wheel Safely and Responsibly

If you're under 18 and at least 15 ½ years old, you can begin the process of obtaining your driver's license by applying for a provisional instruction permit. Keep in mind that as a minor, both your permit and license are considered "Provisional," which means there are extra restrictions compared to those for adults aged 18 and over.

Four major Steps to Success

When you receive your provisional instruction permit, it will come with the following restrictions:

Understanding Traffic Laws
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Obey Traffic Laws

 It is vital that you adhere to all traffic laws while driving with your provisional permit. This includes obeying speed limits, stop signs, traffic signals, and other regulations.

Safe Driving
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Drive Without Collisions

As a provisional driver, you must strive to drive safely and without causing any collisions. It’s essential to practice defensive driving techniques, maintain a safe distance from other vehicles, and exercise caution at all times.

Adult Supervision
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Drive with a Supervising Adult

ou are required to have a parent, guardian, spouse, or an adult aged 25 or older, who possesses a valid California driver’s license, accompany you while driving with your provisional permit. This adult must be seated next to you in the front passenger seat at all times.

6 Months Driving History
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Hold the Permit for Six Months

Before you can take your driving test to obtain your driver’s license, you must maintain your provisional permit for a minimum of six months. During this period, it’s crucial to gain valuable driving experience, practice good driving habits, and build confidence on the road.

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Frequently asked questions

How to register online?

Enrolling in an online class is easy. At MaxCoach, we serve several categories of online learners. Select the student category that you identify with to get started.

How do I customize my account?

In order to customize your account’s information, just log in with the provided passcode and change the info. 

How do you process my information?

Your data will be kept private and secure on our database. No illegal use without prior notice.

How do I contact support?

You can contact our help center or any contact method (phone call, email or appear at our office) to get help. 

How to cancel my membership?

You just need to submit a membership termination request, we’ll proceed within 24 hours.

How can I get a discount?

Learners can get a discount by coupon or voucher. If you have one, fill in the code box before making any payment.

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Frequently asked questions

How old do I need to be to enroll in a driving school in California?

You can enroll in a driving school in California at the age of 15 and a half.

What are the steps to obtain a driver's license in California?

The steps to obtain a driver’s license in California include completing drivers education, obtaining a learner’s permit, practicing driving with a licensed adult, and passing the DMV driving test.

Is it mandatory to attend a driving school in order to obtain a driver's license?

While attending a driving school is not mandatory in California, it is highly recommended to receive professional instruction and gain the necessary skills and knowledge for safe driving.

Can I schedule my behind-the-wheel training sessions at a convenient time for me?

Yes, driving schools usually offer flexible scheduling options to accommodate the needs of their students.

What is the pass rate of your driving school's students?

Our driving school maintains a high pass rate, and our instructors work diligently to prepare students for success in their driving tests.

How many hours of behind-the-wheel training are required by the state of California?

The state of California requires a minimum of six hours of behind-the-wheel training with a licensed driving school.

Can I take online drivers education courses in California?

Yes, California allows online drivers education courses that can be completed conveniently from home.

What documents are required to enroll in a driving school?

Typically, you will need to provide identification documents, proof of residency, and in some cases, a learner’s permit or a driving record.

How long is the validity period of a learner's permit in California?

The learner’s permit in California is valid for 12 months.


Do you provide assistance with the DMV written test?

Yes, our driving school provides comprehensive preparation for the DMV written test to ensure that students are well-prepared and confident.

Can I take the driving test without waiting six months if I am under 18 years old?

If you are under 18 years old, you have to complete drivers ed, behind the wheel training, and wait six months after getting your permit if you want to get the license before 18 years old.

What if I am 18 years old or older?

Once you are 18 years old and you have your permit to drive you don’t have any waiting period to obtain your license.

Are we licensed to teach driving lessons?

Yes, we have been licensed by the CA DMV for the last 36 years.

I am 18 years old, do I need a permit to drive?

Yes! Everyone needs a permit to practice driving legally if you are a student for the first time! 

I am under 18 years old, can I get my license before I turn 18?

Yes, But your parents must consent in writing on the DMV application. Otherwise you have to wait until you are 18 years old or after becoming emancipated.  

I completed the driver's education, can I start driving with my parents?

No, the driver’s education certificate is not a permit to drive. Once you complete drivers education you must take the state written test with the DMV to obtain your permit.