Here is the a checklist created by the California DMV:

+ You must be at least 15.5 but under 18 years to get a permit. To obtain a permit you must:

- Make an appointment before visiting a DMV office

- Complete a Driver License or Identification Card Application (form DL 44) including your parents' or guardians' signatures

- Provide your social security number

- Provide your true full name

- Present an acceptable birth date and proof of legal presence document

- Submit proof of driver education completion

- Pay the application fee

- Study for, and pass, the written test

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