California Written Drivers License Test
Everyone who wants to earn a California drivers license needs to pass the California written driving test, also known as the knowledge test. You must pass the test to earn your California learners permit, which is required to earn your drivers license.
The written test is administered by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). There are 46 multiple-choice questions about California traffic laws and signs. The minimum passing score is 38.
Preparing for the California Written Test
All the questions on the California written driving test come from the California Driver Handbook. You should read and study the handbook to prepare for the test.
Practice tests can also help you get ready for the real test. You can take practice tests to get an idea of what the written test will be like, and to see what areas you need to review.
If you’re under 17½, you’re required to complete a DMV-approved California drivers ed course to earn your license. It’s a good idea to review your drivers ed course before you take the written test.
How to Take the Written Test
When you’re ready to take the California written driving test, you’ll need to go to a DMV office near you. You can save time by making an appointment: schedule one online or by calling 1-800-777-0133.
Be sure to bring the following:
- Acceptable birth date/legal presence document
- Your Social Security number (SSN)
- Your parent or guardian to sign your DL-44 form (if you are under 18)
- Certificate of Completion of Driver Education OR Certificate of Enrollment in an Integrated Driver Education and Driver Training Program (if you are under 17½)
When you pass the written test, you’ll receive your California instruction permit.