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California DMV Resource Links & FAQs

Here you’ll find everything you need to prepare for your tests and tasks with the California DMV.

Driver’s license and vehicle tasks are completed with the Department of Motor Vehicles. The official website for the California DMV is:

Online Services at the California DMV

If you can avoid a trip to your local DMV office, you’re in luck. The California DMV offers the following services online:

  • Renew your driver’s license.
  • Order a driving record.
  • Replace your driver’s license.
  • Renew your registration.
  • Replace your registration or stickers.
  • Order a duplicate title.
  • Change your address.
  • Make an appointment.

Visit to set up an online account and complete your driver’s license and vehicle tasks online.

California Driver’s Licenses & Learner’s Permits is designed to help you prepare for and pass your DMV written tests – all for free!

We want you to focus on studying and being a safe driver. We don’t think you should pay extra for this.

California DMV Practice Tests

California DMV Permit Practice Test

Road Signs & Traffic Signals Practice Test

Free California DMV Cheat Sheets & Study Guides (Including Free PDF Print-Outs)

We also provide overviews of the steps you’ll need to take at the DMV, so you can be better prepared and know what to expect when it comes time to make a visit to your local office or complete a task online or through the mail. You’ll also find tips and guides designed to help make you the most knowledgeable driver and vehicle owner as possible.

How to Get a Driver’s License in California

Driver’s Education in California

REAL ID Identification Requirements at the DMV

Driver’s License for Undocumented Immigrants

Driving Safety Topics: Distracted Driving, Defensive Driving, DUI, Seat Belt Laws, and More!

California Motorcycle License & CDL

Are you interested in obtaining other types of driver’s licenses and endorsements in California? has you covered!

California Motorcycle License Practice Tests & Application Requirements

California Motorcycle Written Exam Simulation

Free CDL Practice Tests & Guides

California Car Registration & Title

After you get your driver’s license, you’re going to need something to drive, right? We’ve got the information you’ll need to get started.

California Car Registration & Title Information

Smog Check & Vehicle Inspection Requirements

Car Insurance Requirements

Vehicle History Reports

Free Bill of Sale Form

California License & Registration FAQs

What documents do I need to get a California driver’s license?

You’ll need to fill out an application and provide proof of your identification, legal presence (if applicable), and residency.

How do I renew my driver’s license in California?

You can renew your driver’s license online, by mail, or in person.

How long do I have to renew my California driver’s license after it expires?

There are no late fees, but it is illegal to drive with an expired license.

Do I need a new driver’s license when I move to California?

Yes, you’ll need to do so within 10 days of becoming a resident.

When will I receive my California driver’s license after renewing or replacing it?

Your new license should arrive in about 2-5 weeks.

Can I get a copy of my California registration online?

Yes, you can.

How do I renew my car registration in California?

You can renew online, over the phone, by mail, or at your local DMV office.

Can I renew my car registration online in California?

Yes, you can.

What happens if my California car registration is expired?

If you let your registration expire, you will be charged a late fee.

When will I receive my California car registration and license plate stickers/tabs after I renew or replace them?

You should receive them in about 14 days.

How much of my California car registration is tax deductible?

You can deduct your car registration fees from your federal income taxes if a portion of your registration is based on the vehicle’s value. Refer to your registration documents for details.

Do I need to register my vehicle when moving to California?

Yes, you’ll have 20 days to do so.

California DMV Office Locations & Appointments

Sometimes there’s nothing you can do to avoid a trip to the DMV.

Use the California office finder to locate DMVs near you:

Here you’ll be able to find:

  • Addresses and directions.
  • DMV Office Hours.
  • Holiday and Weekend Schedules.
  • Acceptable forms of payment.
  • Current wait times, if available.

Remember, if you do have to visit the California DMV, it’s always a good idea to make an appointment. This can help reduce the time you’ll need to spend there. You can make an appointment here:

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