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Old 06-13-2013, 05:39 PM
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I had the misfortune of realizing a month after moving from Alabama to Los Angeles that my Alabama driver's license in fact had expired *on the exact same day* I left for LA. It expired on February 3rd.

It is now June 13th (4 months and 10 days later) and I'm purchasing a car from a coworker and need to obtain a California license. There are some inconsistencies with data I've gotten when researching the process. The California driver's manual states that behind the wheel tests are typically waived for holders of out of state licenses, and explicitly mentions 'valid' licenses. I assume this would not include me, because my license is recently expired.

However, googling around, other people who have answered this question and were in the same situation were only required to take the written test despite an expired out of state license. I unfortunately do not know anyone personally who had similar problems because most people are smarter than me and pay attention to when their licenses expire.

So, my question is: what is the exact interpretation of this? Has anyone here had this problem? I'm not particularly afraid of taking the behind-the-wheel test (though I haven't driven in a city quite this big before), but it is inconvenient because I have to ask coworkers to come with me and such and let me use their vehicles for this, so I'm definitely curious.

My current thinking judging by the information I've found is that it may be entirely dependent on who you happen to speak to at the DMV when you apply for your license.
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:27 PM
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As long as you don't have a suspended license you will be able to attain a driver's license when you pass written test.
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:32 PM
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Do you have a source for that information? Not that I don't believe you, I'm just curious if I missed something when I read reading documentation.

I've got a DMV appointment on Friday. I'll update this thread with my findings for posterity.

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Old 06-21-2013, 02:41 PM
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I was only required to take a written test and received my license without any trouble. No behind-the-wheel test was necessary.

Hopefully this thread will help out people in my situation in the future to know what to expect.
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