English 2019 California Driver Handbook

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CALIFORNIA DRIVER HANDBOOK

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This handbook is available at dmv..

Gavin Newsom, Governor State of California

Brian C. Annis, Secretary California State Transportation Agency

Kathleen K. Webb, Acting Director California Department of Motor Vehicles

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Dear fellow Californian,

Whether you're an experienced driver who has been behind the wheel for decades or a teenager receiving your provisional permit, the California Department of Motor Vehicles is committed to ensuring that every person with a driver license understands the rules of road and practices safe driving habits.

There are more than 27 million licensed drivers in our great state, and our goal is for all of them ? as well as pedestrians and bicyclists who share the road ? to return home safely each day. This California Driver Handbook is a guide for drivers of expectations and responsibilities.

As Californians renew or obtain a new driver license this year, they have the option to apply for a federally-compliant "REAL ID" card. A DMV REAL ID card, or other federally approved identification, will be required to board a domestic flight beginning October 1, 2020. The DMV website explains the benefits and requirements of a REAL ID, including documents required to apply, we hope these printable documents will help expedite your office visit.

DMV is improving customer service by updating the resources available online. By visiting dmv., you can access a digital copy of this handbook as well as practice exams, frequently asked questions and other material to educate and enhance your driving ability. Because no matter if you're a veteran driver or a novice, we all benefit from good driving habits.

Wishing you safe journeys,

BRIAN C. ANNIS Secretary California State Transportation Agency

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

NEW 2019 LAWS ...............................VII

DMV INFORMATION ........................VIII Where to Write ................................ ix

GENERAL INFORMATION ...................1 Disclaimer ........................................1 DMV's Function and Vision .............1 Accurate Identification....................1 Basic Information ............................2

THE CALIFORNIA DRIVER LICENSE ...2 Who Must Have a Driver License?...2 California Residents ....................2 California Resident Military Personnel (U.S. Armed Forces)...2 Nonresident Military Personnel Stationed in California.................3 New California Residents ............3 Adults Visiting California ............3 Safety for the Aging Driver..........3

OBTAINING A DRIVER LICENSE.........4 REAL ID Act .....................................5 How the REAL ID Act Impacts Californians..................................5 Do I Need a REAL ID?..................5 How Do I Prepare to Apply for a REAL ID Card?.............................5 Married, Divorced, or Name Change? .......................................6 Application Requirements for a Basic Class C Driver License .......6 Adults' Permit Requirements..........7 Adults' Driver License Requirements ..................................8

DRIVER LICENSE CLASSES ...............9

THE EXAMINATION PROCESS..........10 Where to Take the Tests ................10 DMV Examinations ........................ 11 Cheating ......................................... 12

SPECIAL SECTION ? MINORS...........12 Minors' Permit Requirements .......12 Minors' Permit Restrictions ..........13 Minors' Driver License Requirements ................................13 Exceptions ? Minors' Driver License Restrictions ..........14 Out-Of-State Minors ......................15 Out-Of-State Minors' Permit......15

Out-Of-State Minors' Driver License............................15 Actions Against the Provisional Driver License................................15 Keeping Your Provisional Driver License............................16 Minors and Cell Phones ................16

MISCELLANEOUS LICENSING I NFO R M ATI O N ................................... 17

To Replace a Lost/Stolen or Damaged Driver License........... 17 Name Changes...............................17 Gender Category Changes............ 17 Driver License Renewals...............18 Renewal by Mail or Internet...........18 Driver License Extension ..............18 Driver License in Your Possession............................20 Address Changes ..........................20 Vision .............................................20 Medical Information Card..............20 Organ and Tissue Donation ..........21 Veteran Designation and Benefit Information ................21

How Can I Get Veterans Designation? .............................. 21 Register To Vote ............................22 Unlicensed Drivers ........................22 Diplomatic Driver Licenses...........22 Identification (ID) Cards ................22 No-Fee ID Cards.............................23 Identification (ID) Card Renewal by Mail or Internet..........................23 Driving Schools .............................23 Mature Driver Program ..................24 Pedestrian Responsibilities ..........24 New Technology ............................25

OCCUPANT PROTECTION.................26 Seat Belts.......................................26 Child Restraint System and Safety Seats............................26 Riding Safely with Air Bags ..........27 Unattended Children in Motor Vehicles ...........................28 Distracted Driving..........................28 Hot Weather Risks .........................28

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