Tips on getting your CA Driver's License (DMV)

Which Department handles Driver's License?


Steps for Taking Driver's License

1.  Take the Written Exam

  • Read the Driver's Handbook (Download here)
  • Take Sample Tests (Try here)
  • Set an appointment for the Exam (here)

2.  Take the Driving Exam

  • Try to Get an Idea of the Route around DMV
  • Set an appointment for the Driving Exam (here)
  • Check the Top 10 Reasons why you fail the Driving Exam (see YouTube Videos by DMV here)




Sample Driving Routes

Santa Clara DMV Sample Routes

Route 1:========
L on Granada
R on Pomeroy
R on El Sobrante Av (Reverse & Curbside Test)
R on Kiely Blvd
L on Benton
R on White Dr
R on Las Palmas Dr @ STOP sign
R on HomeStead
R on Pomeroy
R on Granada
R onto DMV Office and Park
L on Granada
R on Pomeroy
R on El Sobrante Av (Reverse & Curbside Test)
R on Kiely Blvd
L on Benton
R on White Dr
R on Las Palmas Dr @ STOP sign
R on HomeStead
R on Pomeroy
R on Granada
R onto DMV Office and Park
Route 2:========
L on Granada
R on Pomeroy
R on El Sobrante Av
R on Via Dondera
R on Cala Blazas
L on El Camino Real
R on Lawrence Rd (Not onto Lawrence Freeway)
R on Warburton Avenue (Reverse and Curbside Parking)
R on Pomeroy
R on El Camino
L on Flora Vista
R on Granda
R onto DMV office and Park
L on Granada
R on Pomeroy
R on El Sobrante Av
R on Via Dondera
R on Cala Blazas
L on El Camino Real
R on Lawrence Rd (Not onto Lawrence Freeway)
R on Warburton Avenue (Reverse and Curbside Parking)
R on Pomeroy
R on El Camino
L on Flora Vista
R on Granda
R onto DMV office and Park
Route 3:========
L on Granada
Lon Pomeroy
R on El Camino Real
R on Kiely Blvd
R on Home Stead Rd
R on Qunice Avenue
L on Brook Dale
R on Pomeroy
L on Benton
R on Flora Vista Ave
L on Granda
R onto DMV office and Park

L on Granada
Lon Pomeroy
R on El Camino Real
R on Kiely Blvd
R on Home Stead Rd
R on Qunice Avenue
L on Brook Dale
R on Pomeroy
L on Benton
R on Flora Vista Ave
L on Granda
R onto DMV office and Park

*** Note: They don't test you normally for Parallel Parking in Santa Clara DMV.  You have to do a curbside parking and reverse as well. Make sure you do the "1 - 2-3 when reversing", that is look at the rear-view mirror, side mirror, and turn your head to look behind and reverse. 


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