DMV Offers Saturday Hours Twice Each Month

Excerpt from the California DMV Blog:
In an effort to ease customer wait times, the DMV will open 43 select field offices on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Forty of the offices will be open on June 16 and 23.  Starting July 7, 43 offices will open the first and third Saturday of each month.  No behind-the-wheel tests will […]

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Ready for a Taste of Fair Fun

Excerpt from the California DMV Blog:
How sweet it is to have the DMV sponsor a booth at the San Diego County Fair! Stop by the Exhibit Hall between June 1 and July 4 and visit with DMV representatives who can answer your driving-related questions. If you need to renew your vehicle registration, bring your renewal notice or current registration card […]

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Ready for a Taste of Fair Fun

5 Safety Tips for Senior Drivers

Excerpt from the California DMV Blog:
Mobility is a quality of life issue and driving is a key part of seniors staying mobile, independent and socially active. It is important for drivers of all ages to drive safely from the time they earn their driver license to the time they retire it. Safe driving involves good vision, quick reflexes, joint flexibility […]

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Is Your Child in the Right Seat?

Excerpt from the California DMV Blog:
We are all willing to take extreme measures to protect our children from danger. Choosing the right car or booster seat for your child is no different. We’ve all heard that seat belts save lives, yet, when it comes to children, many do not realize that in order to keep our children safe, they must […]

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Is Your Child in the Right Seat?

DMV Celebrates 100 Self-Service Terminals

Excerpt from the California DMV Blog:
Yes, that’s right—100 Self-Service Terminals (SST)! How many things do you have 100 of? The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is so elated to announce that we have now launched 100 DMV Now Self-Service Terminals. The 100th located in Sacramento, our Headquarter city! On November 30, 2017, we unveiled our 100th DMV Now kiosk at Safeway in […]

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Welcome to Silicon Valley Driving School

We are Olson’s Silicon Valley Driving School (SVDS). The premiere driving school in San Jose! You are viewing a very unique web site when it comes to driving schools. Not only are we providing information about our services, but also giving detailed information on the steps to get a drivers license from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), and how to choose a driving school. So, go ahead and browse through our web site, we believe you will find a great deal of useful information. We wish you the best in your driving experience.

DMV Day of Test Checklist

What to do on the day of the drive test.

  • Arrive one-half hour early.
  • Report inside at drive test appointment line with the following:
    • A licensed driver (unless already have a temporary license or license from another state).
    • Drivers permit (signed by parent if under 18 years old)
    • Drivers permit (if adult with no temporary license or license from another state).
    • Driver training certificate – OL238 (if under 18 years old)
    • Automobile proof of insurance
    • Automobile registration
  • Automobile condition:
    • Working signal and break lights, and horn
    • Driver side window rolls down
    • Front seat belts
    • No bald or low air in tires
    • No large crack in front window
    • Front passenger door opens from inside and outside of car.

DMV Test Requirements – Adult

The following is a list of steps required by the State of California DMV to acquire an Instructional Driving Permit, and/or Driving License.

Instructional Permit Steps

  • Report to DMV with the following:
    • Completed Driving License application form DL44.
    • Acceptable date of birth or legal presence document.
    • Social Security number or letter from Social Security organization allowing to apply for a drivers license.
    • Pay $24 application fee.
  • Pass DMV written (within 3 attempts or apply again).
  • Pass a vision test.
  • Take a picture for license card.
  • Be thumb printed.

Note: To avoid waiting in long lines on the day of the test, make an appointment by contacting the DMV via their website (www.dmv.ca.gov), field office or calling 1-800-777-0133.
 

Driving License Steps

  • Have passed DMV written test
  • Pass DMV drive test (3 chances to pass or required to re-apply).

Note: Appointments are required for DMV Drive Test, these can be made over the phone by calling 1-800-777-0133 or at a field office.

DMV Test Requirements – Teens

The following is a list of steps required by the State of California DMV to acquire a Provisional Driving Permit and Provisional Driving License.

Provisional Driving permit Steps

  • Minimum 15 1/2 years of age.
  • Complete driver education – class room training (if under 17 1/2 years old).
  • Enroll for driving lessons with a driving school (receive Cert. OL 239) before taking written test.
  • Report to DMV with the following:
    • Certificate of Completion of Driver Education (OL 237).
    • Certificate of Enrollment in Driver Training (OL 239).
    • Completed Driving License application form DL44 (parents must sign).
    • Acceptable date of birth or legal presence document.
    • Social Security number or letter from Social Security organization allowing to apply for a drivers license.
    • Pay $24 application fee.
  • Pass DMV written (within 3 attempts or apply again). If fail written test, then must wait 1 week before attempting again.
  • Pass a vision test.
  • Take a picture for license card.
  • Be thumb printed.

Note: To avoid waiting in long lines on the day of the test, make an appointment by contacting the DMV via their website (www.dmv.ca.gov), field office or calling 1-800-777-0133. Also, provisional permit is not valid unit you start your Behind the Wheel Drivers Training with a driving school, or reach the age of 17 1/2.
 

Provisional Permit Restrictions

    Minors may use the provisional permit to practice with a person at least 25 years old, who has a valid California driver license.

Provisional Driver’s License Steps

  • Have driving permit for minimum 6 months.
  • Complete 6 hours driving lessons with licensed driving school.
  • Complete 50 hours of driving practice with 25 year old licensed driver (including 10 hours of night driving), which parents must sign on page 2 of the permit to certify practice was completed..
  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • Passing DMV drive test (3 chances to pass or required to re-apply), 2 week waiting period between failed tests.

Note: Appointments are required for DMV Drive Test, these can be made by calling 1-800-777-0133 or going to a field office.

 

Provisional Driver’s License Restrictions

  • You may drive alone with your provisional license.
  • During first 6 months, you must be accompanied by a driver 25 years old or older if you drive between the hours of midnight and 5:00 am, or if you transport people under age 20 (at any hour).
  • During the second 6 months after you are licensed, you must be accompanied by a driver 25 years old or older if you drive between the hours of midnight and 5:00 am. However, You may transport people under age 20 without supervision between the hours of 5:00 am and midnight.

 

Exceptions to Provisional Restrictions

  • Medical necessity
  • School or school-authorized activity
  • Employment necessity
  • Immediate need of family member
  • Emancipated Minor

Note: Check with DMV on particulars or the California Driver’s Handbook.