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Old 03-17-2016, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Philly
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Hi I just wanted to find out as I've been on the DMV and actually sat at the local one here in PA for 3 hours to ask questions about changing my PA license to a Cali license.
Unfortunately the woman was lets say less than helpful and it was a waste of my time
So after reading the various pages online, I still haven't quite found the answer so HELP please!

When I moved to PA on my Ontario drivers license they did a straight swap over with out any test except a vision test. So now I'm moving to California I wanted to find out if it will be a clean swap of a PA license to a CA license or if I will need to sit a road and or classroom test.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks
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Old 03-17-2016, 12:31 PM
 
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When I moved to CA 10 years ago I had to take the written test to get a CA license
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Old 03-17-2016, 12:42 PM
 
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I moved to CA 4 years ago and had to take the written test also.
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Old 03-17-2016, 12:46 PM
 
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I've moved in and out of California on three different occasions and if you have a valid license from another state, all you need to do is take the written test as others have said.
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Old 03-17-2016, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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Same here. I moved from IL with a valid license I had to take the written test. It was quite a nail biter waiting 45 minutes to hear if I passed. On the plus side, I haven't had to go back to the DMV in the 10 years since.
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Old 03-17-2016, 05:51 PM
 
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Yep, they still require the awful written test. Most other states don't though!

If you are from another country, they make you take the written test AND road test.
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Old 03-17-2016, 05:53 PM
 
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Same here. I moved from IL with a valid license I had to take the written test. It was quite a nail biter waiting 45 minutes to hear if I passed. On the plus side, I haven't had to go back to the DMV in the 10 years since.
This sounds awful. Luckily, it's computerized these days, so you find out the results ASAP.
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Old 03-18-2016, 12:06 PM
 
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Hi I just wanted to find out as I've been on the DMV and actually sat at the local one here in PA for 3 hours to ask questions about changing my PA license to a Cali license.
Unfortunately the woman was lets say less than helpful and it was a waste of my time
So after reading the various pages online, I still haven't quite found the answer so HELP please!

When I moved to PA on my Ontario drivers license they did a straight swap over with out any test except a vision test. So now I'm moving to California I wanted to find out if it will be a clean swap of a PA license to a CA license or if I will need to sit a road and or classroom test.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks
I had to take a test. I hadnt taken a test in 30 years. It sucked. I failed by 2 questions and had to do it again. I disagreed with the ones I got wrong, so study
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Old 03-18-2016, 12:39 PM
 
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I had to take a test. I hadnt taken a test in 30 years. It sucked. I failed by 2 questions and had to do it again. I disagreed with the ones I got wrong, so study
Same with me. For me it had been about 20 years and I firmly believe some of the laws are different between CA and MA where I came from. But I retook the same day and it only took about an hour of study to pass. So go to DMV website and get the study guides and study before
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Old 03-18-2016, 04:26 PM
 
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Same with me. For me it had been about 20 years and I firmly believe some of the laws are different between CA and MA where I came from. But I retook the same day and it only took about an hour of study to pass. So go to DMV website and get the study guides and study before
Good point! There are also practice tests online (on the DMV website), I did some of those before going to DMV.
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