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Old 03-05-2012, 10:05 PM
 
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I have my New Mexico ID card and i was wondering if i can get a driver license here in Los Angeles. I dont want to go back to New Mexico and do it there, is there any way i can apply for it and just do it here ?
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:13 PM
 
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Why would you get a California license in New Mexico?

If you just have an ID card, not a license in New Mexico, you'll need to pass a written test.
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:17 PM
 
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Why would you get a California license in New Mexico?

If you just have an ID card, not a license in New Mexico, you'll need to pass a written test.
What i meant is that i need to get a driver license (i live in LA) but i have a New Mexico ID, can i still get a California driver license even tho i dont have a California ID ?
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:05 PM
 
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What i meant is that i need to get a driver license (i live in LA) but i have a New Mexico ID, can i still get a California driver license even tho i dont have a California ID ?
Yes, if you are a CA resident, you can get a license here.

Driver License and Identification (ID) Card Information

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How to apply for a driver license if you are over 18

If you are a visitor in California over 18 and have a valid driver license from your home state or country, you may drive in this state without getting a California driver license as long as your home state license remains valid.

If you become a California resident, you must get a California driver license within 10 days. Residency is established by voting in a California election, paying resident tuition, filing for a homeowner’s property tax exemption, or any other privilege or benefit not ordinarily extended to nonresidents.

To apply for an original driver license if you are over 18, you will need to do the following:

Visit a DMV office (make an Appointment(s) for faster service)
Complete application form DL 44 (An original DL 44 form must be submitted. Copies will not be accepted.)
Give a thumb print
Have your picture taken
Provide your social security number. It will be verified with the Social Security Administration while you are in the office.
Verify your birth date and legal presence If your current name no longer matches the name on your birth data/legal presence document, see “True Full Name” and “How to Change Your Name” for more information.
Provide your true full name
Pay the application fee
Pass a vision exam
Pass a traffic laws and sign test. There are 36 questions on the test. You have three chances to pass.(Sample Test)
Note: To allow you sufficient time for testing DMV will not be administering written or audio exams after 4:30 p.m.

You will then be issued a permit if you have never been licensed before. When you practice, you must have an accompanying adult who is 18 years of age or older, with a valid California license. This person must be close enough to you to take control of the vehicle if necessary. It is illegal for you to drive alone.

If you have a license from another country, you will be required to take a driving test. If you have a license from another state, the driving test can be waived.

To take your driving test, you will need to:

Make a driving test Appointment(s) . (Driving tests are not given without an appointment.) You may also call 1–800–777–0133 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday–Friday, to make a driving test appointment.
Provide proof of financial responsibility
California Insurance Requirements
You have three chances to pass the driving test. If you fail, you may practice for a while, then make another appointment. There is no waiting period, but you must make an appointment. If you fail to successfully complete the driving test on the first attempt, you must pay a $6 fee for each additional driving test that is administered under an application for an original or renewal driver license.

After you pass your driving test you will be issued an interim license valid for 90 days until you receive your new photo license in the mail. Double–check your address before you leave DMV and tell the DMV representative if you have moved or if your address is incorrect. If you have not received your license after 60 days, call 1–800–777–0133 and they can check on the status for you. Have your interim license with you to provide information when requested.

If your name is different on your birth date and/or legal presence document than the one you are currently using, you will also need to provide an additional acceptable document to establish your true full name, such as; a marriage certificate, dissolution of marriage, adoption or name change document that shows your current name.
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:19 PM
 
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Thanks 1200. One more question, do you know if i can change my New Mexico ID for a California ID ?
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:23 PM
 
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Yes, you can have both a CA D/L and a CA I/D.
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:45 PM
 
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Yes, you can have both a CA D/L and a CA I/D.
And i can get both of them just showing my New Mexico ID, right ?
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Old 03-06-2012, 12:07 AM
 
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The DMV will issue California ID cards to non-drivers but if you have a California drivers license, that's your ID.
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Old 03-06-2012, 12:10 AM
 
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Don't mean to hijack the thread, but I have a related question.
I will likely be moving to LA in the fall and will be bringing my car, which has Ohio plates.

Normally I would be required to register my car in CA soon after moving. But my car is registered under my father's name, who lives in Ohio (he is technically the owner of the car). Can I get away with keeping my Ohio registration even though the car will be in LA for the foreseeable future?

It would save me $120 or so.
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Old 03-06-2012, 01:37 AM
 
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The DMV will issue California ID cards to non-drivers but if you have a California drivers license, that's your ID.
I understand that but my thing is, i have my New Mexico ID (i dont have a driver license) and i want to replace it with a CA ID since i live here now, can i do that ?
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