License Requirements for Adult

Adult license requirements for the State of California* broken down for easy understanding. Many people decide to learn to drive later in life as adults. Whether you are turning 18 or 80 – we can help you gain confidence behind-the-wheel. Getting you up-to-speed on traffic laws, car operations, and DMV ready!



For an adult to obtain a California Driver License, California DMV requires the following:

    • Submit application along with required documentation and licensing fees.
    • Study California DMV Handbook.
    • Pass the DMV written knowledge exam & received a permit.
    • Practice for your DMV road exam.
    • Pass the California DMV driving exam & received your license!


Furthermore, visit  California DMV How-To Guide to access information on the process for obtaining your driver license.




Adults are not required to take any driver education courses. Adults can simply submit their application and pass your vision and knowledge exam. We highly recommend everyone to read completely the California DMV Handbook prior to taking the written exam. In order to obtain your California driver license, you will need to pass the written knowledge exam first before taking your in-car driving exam.





Adults are not required to take any specific amount of in-car training. California DMV does require adults to pass a driving exam in order to obtain a driver license. Bay Area Driving Academy provides a comprehensive Adult Academy Driving Program for beginners or 2-hour specialized a la Carte Courses to not only teach you how to drive but better prepare you for the DMV driving exam.


*Please verify all DMV requirement information presented on to the official website. We do not guarantee the accuracy of any information presented on our website but rather provide it as a courtesy.


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