How to pass your California DMV permit test on the first try

Are you ready to hit the road, but at the same time concerned about passing your written permit test? With the DoNotPay app, there is no need to worry. 

With so many different websites and apps offering tests, how can you select the best one to help you pass your driving license test on the first try? Most people decide to go over the official California Driver Handbook and check their knowledge about traffic and road signs, driving rules, and violations. But, it is much more fun to use our practice test with more than 50 questions you will encounter on the official test. With our practice tests, you will pass your California driver’s license test with flying colors!

Our tests, unlike the majority of others, are entirely free. You don’t have to pay for the practice tests as the price you pay doesn’t guarantee you’ll pass the exam. Instead, go over the real and valid exam questions provided in our test because they will adequately prepare you for the official permit test. 

In California, you have to give 38 out of 46 correct answers, for minors, and 30 of 36 for adults. This way, you will score at least 83% that is needed to pass and get your driver’s license. 

Score? 83%
How many correct answers? For minors, 38/46, and for adults, 30/36

What documents should you prepare before your test?

Once you make an appointment at the DMV, you will have to bring some documents before you can take the written permit test. Aside from the Driver License Application (Form DL 44) that you will complete and sign on the spot, you will need the following:

  1. One document (an original or a certified copy) confirming your date of birth and legal presence in the US, such as a valid US passport or a birth certificate. 
  2. Two documents proving your California residency. These can be utility bills, employment records, rental or lease agreements with the signatures of the landlord and the tenant, etc. 
  3. Social security card or a military ID proving you have a valid social security number. 
  4. Additional documents, such as marriage certificate or name change document to verify your valid and full name. 

When the clerks verify your documents and your identity, they will take your thumbprint and your picture.

What to bring to DMV for driver’s test if you are a non-citizen

Non-US citizens can also apply for an AB 60 Undocumented Person driver’s license that allows them to operate a vehicle in California legally. You have to pass through the same procedure as residents. There is a slight difference in the papers you need to bring, as you have to provide: 

  • Proof of identity such as a consular card, electoral card, or a valid passport. 
  • Proof of residence in California, such as lease agreements, utility bills in your name, employment or insurance records, etc. 
  • Signed written statement or an affidavit stating you are ineligible for a social security number

What to bring to DMV for a driver’s test if you are a minor

In California, teens can apply for a permit as soon as they are 15½ if they have attended the 30-hour driver education course approved by the DMV. This course serves as the preparation for the written test. 

When applying for a driver’s test you need to bring the following documentation: 

  1. Proof of identification—either your birth certificate (original or a certified copy) or a valid passport. 
  2. Proof of California residency—given that you are a minor, you can bring school or medical documents to verify your residential address. 
  3. A completed DL 44 (Driver License Application) signed by your parent or guardian. You can take one from your local DMV office. 
  4. Social security card—they need your social security number.
  5. Around $35 for the DMV application fee

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DoNotPay also helps you ACE your written exam

DoNotPay can also help you study for your written exam with a free practice test. Drivers that do well on our practice tests are guaranteed to do well on the written exam. If you have an upcoming practice test, make sure you pass by using our free DMV practice test.

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