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Getting A Driver's License

Info sheet:   Department of Motor Vehicles: Drivers License Office

To get a driver's license, you first need to pass a written exam (computer based) at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). You'd better prepare for the exam. See the Driver's Handbook. Trying some practice test before hand would be very helpful.

After you pass the written exam (which is actually taken on a computer), you will get a learner's permit. With a Learner's Permit, you can practice driving under the guidance of an experienced driver. Finally, you need to take a road test if you want to get a full driver's license.  In order to take the road test, you need to bring a car to the DMV and have automobile insurance in your name.

When you pass the road test, you will be issued a driver's license. You need to show your ID, proof of residency, and proof of auto insurance.  If you do not own a car and just want to get a driver's license, you will need to get auto insurance. The Good news is, you can purchase a non-owner’s insurance policy for around $180 a month.