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Old 02-13-2010, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Reno
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Default Driver's license question from those who moved from CA, out of state, and back to CA

My friend who had a driver's license from NY said when she moved here to CA that she had to take a written test even though her license FROM NY was up to date.

If you move back to CA (after having a CA license but had to exchange it for an out of state one), do you still have to take the test if you move back?

I already checked out the DMV website and unofficial DMV one, and it doesn't answer my specific question on in the past having a CA license (only addresses new residents with an out of state license).

Each time I called the DMV I was on hold forever and finally hung up. Just would appreciate a direct answer on this. Thanks
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Old 02-13-2010, 11:26 AM
 
Location: The High Seas
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When I moved back to CA I had to take the written test. Not a problem though since the DMV in CA is a fun-filled place with happy people all glad to be there.
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Old 02-13-2010, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Reno
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When I moved back to CA I had to take the written test. Not a problem though since the DMV in CA is a fun-filled place with happy people all glad to be there.
=( Thanks. I am one of those idiots that read the manual back to back and failed it 2 or 3x. I was hoping I could just do the driving test, but they don't let you.
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Old 02-13-2010, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Northridge, Los Angeles, CA
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=( Thanks. I am one of those idiots that read the manual back to back and failed it 2 or 3x. I was hoping I could just do the driving test, but they don't let you.
Haha, that takes me back to being 16. Just ask around for all your friends' old tests. That's what I did, memorized the answers for 7 different tests, and missed 1 on my first try.

I don't think you have to take the driving test again. Think of it as if you're just renewing your license..you just have to pass another written test. My brother had to do this when he moved to the East Coast and back to California.

I'd rather do 28392838283 written tests than one driving test in a CA DMV. Talk about people with no emotions or no souls. Jeez!
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Old 02-13-2010, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Mountain Ranch, CA The heart of Calaveras County
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I was amazed that when I moved back to CA from 9 years out of state I got my same DL number. That was 20 years ago and I don't remember having to take any test, but then I've never missed any questions on the tests that I have taken. In WA I almost failed the driving test because I apparently made a few CA stops at stop signs.
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Old 02-13-2010, 12:44 PM
 
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Yes, you have to take a written test and show them your official birth certificate. We had to when we moved back. I hate that state...Glad I`m not there anymore.
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Old 02-13-2010, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Reno
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Haha, that takes me back to being 16. Just ask around for all your friends' old tests. That's what I did, memorized the answers for 7 different tests, and missed 1 on my first try.

I don't think you have to take the driving test again. Think of it as if you're just renewing your license..you just have to pass another written test. My brother had to do this when he moved to the East Coast and back to California.

I'd rather do 28392838283 written tests than one driving test in a CA DMV. Talk about people with no emotions or no souls. Jeez!
It is odd. I am born and raised in CA and currently still live here. I have renewed 2x online and never had to take the written test over. However I think if you renew in person, you have to take the written test again. Bizarre.

Yeah I was 16 and always got 1-3 more problems wrong than you were allowed to get. I cried so much from it! I always heard kids say "I didn't study and I passed". I was the one who did study and took 2-3x to pass!
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Old 02-13-2010, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Reno
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Yes, you have to take a written test and show them your official birth certificate. We had to when we moved back. I hate that state...Glad I`m not there anymore.

I am ready to leave, but the only way I would come back here is if I get an amazing job offer to good to pass up (very, very slim), or if my family needed me to come back for something (most of my family is here).

Everything we do in CA is so messed up from education, taxes, gay marriage, and even the DMV!
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Old 02-13-2010, 02:56 PM
 
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Yes, you have to take a written test and show them your official birth certificate. We had to when we moved back. I hate that state...Glad I`m not there anymore.
You can show a USA passport instead of a birth certificate.
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Old 02-13-2010, 03:15 PM
 
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YEs,you need to take the written;i moved out of state for 3 yrs and took it upon my return to CA.
It is not hard;you should get a study booklet ahead of time nad go thru the mock questions. In fact,I always read into test questions too much,and I did this at the written test,and the DMV employee basically gave me a pass as I was one question under the score and he could tell how ridiculously I was overthinking it-lol.

It's fine-you just go stand at a counter and take it,and you can take it multiple times until you pass. It's REALLY nothing to sweat about,at all.

You can probably find the study booklet online,maybe?

There are a few road rules in CA that are differen from other states
not that all drivers here are abiding by road rules,as you know.(:

Last edited by lrmsd; 02-13-2010 at 03:16 PM.. Reason: typo
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