California DMV Required Forms

DL Form (for permit/license):

The California DMV does not provide this form online because it has to be an original. To obtain a DL 44 or DL 44C form, call DMV's Automated Telephone Service at 1-800-777-0133 to have a form mailed to you or visit your local DMV office to pick one up.

Birth and Legal Presence Form:

Please bring the original or a certified copy of 1 of the following. For a full list visit: http://www.dmv.ca.gov/dl/dl_info.htm#BDLP.

  • US Birth Certificate
  • US Passport or US Passport Card
  • US Military Identification Cards
  • Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Temporary Resident Identification Card
  • Canadian Passport/Birth Certificate
  • Permanent Resident Re-entry Permit
  • Employment Authorization Card

Social Security Number Form:

Please provide 1 of the following for SSN documentation.

  • Social Security Card (cannot be laminated)
  • Medicare card
  • U.S. Armed Forces Identification Cards:
    Active-DD 2
    Retired-DD 2
    Reserved-DD 2
    Dependent-DD 173
  • Military separation document-DD 214

Exception to the SSN requirement:

If you are legally present in the US, but ineligible for an SSN, you are exempt from SSN requirements. However, you must still provide an acceptable birth date/legal presence document for any DL/ID card application OR provide a valid SSN.

Parent Teen Driving Guide (with driving log):

This downloadable guide contains a driving log to document the 50 hours of driving required for a provisional driver's license:

Parent/Teen Training Guide: http://apps.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/dl603/dl603.pdf

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