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Department of Motor Vehicles

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After arrival to the United States you will need to decide on the type of transportation you will use. You are allowed to drive on an international driver's license only for a limited time. The exact time restrictions you should verify with a DMV representative. In order to apply for a driver's license in California you will need to:

  • Visit your local California (CA) DMV office
  • Complete a Driver License or Identification Card Application (Form DL 44)
  • Provide proof of your identity
  • Pay the driver's license fee
  • Pass the written test
  • Pass the road test

The DMV representative in your local CA DMV office will provide you with detailed information. Sample written tests and information on places to practice driving before taking the road test are provided on the CA DMV website.

Besides the driver's license, the DMV also issues ID cards which often are required to verify your identity. We recommend you obtain a State of California issued ID card from the DMV.

Please keep in mind that DMVs are usually very busy and in order to avoid waiting in line we recommend making an appointment before visiting the facility.


The nearest DMV offices to SCC:

Santa Ana DMV Office

1330 E. First Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(800) 777-0133


Fullerton DMV Office

909 W. Valencia Drive
Fullerton, CA 92832
(800) 777-0133