License Requirements for New California Residents

When you become a California resident and you want to drive in California, you must apply for a California DL within 10 days.

Residency is established in a variety of ways, including the following:

  • Being registered to vote in California elections.
  • Paying resident tuition at a California college or university.
  • Filing for a home owner’s property tax exemption.
  • Receiving any other privilege or benefit not ordinarily extended to nonresidents.