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Click on the CA DMV logo and you will be taken directly to the official CA DMV web site.
If in doubt, you should always check with the Department of Motor Vehicles. Don't simply rely on the answer you may have received from a driving school. The receptionist at the school may not be knowledgeable enough to give accurate answers.

Here are some of the things you can do online at the DMV:
♦ Renew you driver license and vehicle registration
♦ Make appointments (excempt commercial driving test)
♦ Complete a change of address
♦ Complete a release of liability
♦ Take a sample driver license test
♦ Order special plates
♦ Get forms brochures, and handbooks
♦ Find answers to your questions
♦ Calculate registration fees
Please read the 2009 California Driver Handbook. It provides valuable information. Below are the chapters you will find in the book. Our on-line course covers these chapters as well but in greater detail.

NEW LAWS

GENERAL INFORMATION

Disclaimer

Who Must Have A License

California residents
California military personnel
Nonresident military personnel
New residents
Adults visiting California
Minors visiting California

The California Driver License

Accurate Identification

Basic Information

Duplicate Licenses

Name Changes

License Renewals

License Classes

Obtaining A Driver License

Acceptable Documents

Application Requirements For A Basic Class C Driver License

Adults' Permit Requirements

Adults' License Requirements

The Examination Process

Where To Take The Tests

DMV'S Examinations


SEAT BELTS

Mistaken Beliefs About Seat Belts

Child Restraint System And Safety Seats

Riding Safely With Airbags

Side Impact Air Bags

Unattended Children In Motor Vehicles


LAWS/RULES OF THE ROAD

Right Of Way Rules

General Information (about right-of-way rules)
Pedestrians
Crosswalks
Intersections
Roundabouts
On mountain roads

Speed Limits

Maximum Speed Limit

Reduced Speeds

Heavy traffic or bad weather
Towing Vehicles, Buses, or Large Trucks
Around children
Blind intersections
Alleys
Near railroad tracks
Near light rail vehicle crossings
Near streetcars, trolleys, or buses
Business or residence districts
Near animals

TRAFFIC LANES

Line Colors

Choosing A Lane

Changing Lanes

Bicycle Lanes

Passing Lanes

Carpool Lanes

Center Left Turn Lanes

Turnout Areas and Lanes

End-of-Lane Markings

TURNS

Examples of Right and Left Turns

Legal U-turns

Illegal U-turns

SAFE DRIVING PRACTICES

Scanning

Know what is ahead
Know what is at your side
Know What is Behind You
Clean windows and mirrors
Adjust seat and mirrors
How well can you stop?

Driving in the Fog

Driving in Darkness

Driving in Rain or Snow

Driving in Hill Country

Horn, Headlights, And Emergency Signals

Use Your Horn
Don't Use Your Horn
Use Your Headlights
Use Your Emergency sSignals

Following Distances

Taking Dangers One At A Time
Splitting The Difference
Problem Drivers

Merging In And Out Of Traffic

Space To Merge
Space To Cross Or Enter
Space To Exit

Passing Other Traffic

Space To Pass
Space To Return

SIGNALING

SHARING THE ROAD WITH OTHER VEHICLES

Large Trucks And RVs

Braking
Turning
Trucker's Blind Spots- the "NO" zone
Maneuverability

Busses, Streetcars, & Trolleys

Light Rail Vehicles

Emergency Vehicles

Slow Moving Vehicles

Animal-Drawn Vehicles

Motorcycles

Bicycles

Pedestrians Who Are Blind

Road Workers & Work Zones

Double Fine Zones

Move Over & Slow Down

Vehicles With Hazardous Loads

PARKING

Parking On A Hill

Parking At Colored Curbs

Illegal Parking

Special Parking Rules

IMPORTANT DRIVING TIPS

Dealing With Traffic Congestion

Dealing With Road Rage

Cellular Phones

Accident Avoidance

Keep Your Car Visible
What Is The Road Like
Curves
Water On The Road
Slippery Roads
Driving In Heavy Traffic
Traffic Speeds

Handling Emergencies

Skids On Slippery Surfaces
Acceleration Skids
Locked Wheel Skids
Steering Wheel Locking Device

Accidents

Causes Of Accidents
Involved In An Accident
Reporting The Accident

ADDITIONAL DRIVING RULES

Things You Must Not Do

Things You Must Do

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Safety For The Aging Driver

Good Vision For All Drivers

Hearing

Alertness

Medications

Health And Emotions

Conditions Physicians Must Report

SPECIAL SECTION - MINORS

Minors' Permit Requirements

Minors' Permit Restrictions

Minors' License Requirements

Exceptions - Minor License Restrictrions

Traffic Violations Increase Accidents

Teenage Traffic Deaths

Actions Against The Provisional License

Keeping Your Provisional License
Habitual Truant–Persons Age 13 To 18
Minors and Cellular Phones

TRAFFIC LIGHTS AND SIGNS

Traffic Signal Lights

Pedestrian Signal Lights

Traffic Signs

MISCELLANEOUS LICENSING INFORMATION

Renewal By Mail Or Internet

License Extension

License In Your Possession

Address Changes

Medical Information Card

Organ Donation

Unlicensed Drivers

Diplomatic Driver License

Driving Schools

Free ID Cards For P&M Conditions

Identification (ID) Card

Mature Driver Program

Pedestrian Responsibilities

Record Confidentiality

Vehicle Theft Prevention Tips

Traffic Breaks

What A Driver Shoud Do During An Enforcement Stop

ACTIONS THAT RESULT IN LOSS OF LICENSE

Financial Responsibility

Insurance

Insurance Requirements
Accidents On Your record
Accidents, Insurance, and Minors

Drinking While Driving

Drinking And Driving Is Dangerous
Drugs And Driving
Carrying Alcohol In A Vehicle
Drivers Under 21 (Possession of Alcohol)
Drivers of All Ages
BAC limits
DUI Chart

ADMIN PER SE

Court DUI Convictions

Drivers 21 & Older-DUI Programs, Restricted Licenses

Designated Driver Program

Getting A Ticket

Evading a Peace Officer

Points On The Driver Record

Vandalism/Graffiti - All Ages

Speed Contests/Reckless Driving

Possessing Firearms

Traffic Violator School Dismissals

Suspension or Revocation By DMV

Suspension By Judge

VEHICLE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

California Vehicles

Out-of-State Vehicles

Related Fast Facts Publications

Sample Tests

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