Nonresidents who possess a valid diplomatic
driver license issued by the Diplomatic Vehicle Office
of the Office of Foreign Missions of the U.S. Department
of State are exempt from Californias driver licensing
The driver training you receive establishes
your driving habits for the rest of your life. When
learning to drive, you should seek qualified instruction
either in public or private high schools or in state
licensed professional driving schools.
Professional schools and instructors
in California are licensed by the DMV after meeting
rigid qualifying standards. Schools must carry liability
insurance, be bonded, and maintain complete records
for DMV inspection. Vehicles are subject to annual inspection.
Instructors must pass a qualifying examination, both
written and driving, every three years, or show proof
of continuing education in the traffic safety field.
If you use the services of a professional driving school,
ask to see the instructors identification card.
The Mature Driver Program is an eight-hour
course available from some insurance companies for drivers
aged 55 and older. The course covers a variety of topics
of special interest to the mature driver. Health and
driving performance, the effects of medications on driving,
and compensating for vision and hearing impairments
are a few of the subject areas covered in the class.
The insurance company may offer discounts
for those who complete the class and receive a completion
Many drivers may renew their licenses
by mail without taking a law test. They can do this
- Their current license expires before age 70.
- They do not have a probationary license
- They did not violate a written promise to appear
in court within the last two years.
- They are not suspended for driving with an illegal
BAC level, or for refusing, or for failing to complete,
a chemical or preliminary alcohol screening test within
the last two years.
- They do not have a total violation point count greater
- They have not already received two consecutive four-
or five-year extensions.
OF PUBLIC INFORMATION AND CONFIDENTIALITY OF RECORDS
Most information in your driver license
file is available to the public. Your residence address
may only be viewed by law enforcement agencies, courts,
other govern-mental agencies, and certain commercial
requesters. Police, insurance companies, and others
examine hundreds of thousands of driver records each
year. Your mailing address, if different from your residence,
is less restricted and may be given to requesters who
provide a valid reason for wanting the information.
If you receive mail at your residence, then giving DMV
your mailing address is optional. Records on the physical
or mental condition of a driver, and Social Security
Numbers however, remain confidential.
You may obtain a copy of your driving
record at any DMV office for a small fee. You will be
required to show valid identification before the information
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