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In this post, we look at the Price of California driver’s license. Here. you will see the cost of getting a drivers license in California, United States.

Price of California driver’s license

According to State of California Department of Motor Vehicle (DVM), the cost of getting a new original drivers license is $33. This is the same amount you will pay if you need to renew it or add a motorcycle license (Class M1/M2).

See the breakdown below;

License Class Your application is for a(n) … The fee is …
Class C
  • Original
  • Renewal
  • Adding a motorcycle license (Class M1/M2)
$33
  • Duplicate
  • Name change
  • Adding a firefighter endorsement
$27
  • Driving (behind-the-wheel) retest
$7
Class M1/M2
  • Original
  • Renewal
$33
  • Duplicate
  • Name change
$27
  • Driving (behind-the-wheel) retest
$7
Noncommercial Class A or B
  • Original
  • Renewal
  • Adding a motorcycle license (Class M1/M2)
  • Removing restrictions (requires a driving test)
$34
  • Noncommercial (Class A or B) driving or skill retest
$30
  • Duplicate
  • Name change
  • Adding a firefighter endorsement
$27
Restricted Firefighter
  • Duplicate
  • Name change
$27
Commercial Class A or B Original license $73
Renewal $43
Commercial driving or skill retest $33
Duplicate $32
Name change $27
Removing an air brake or automatic transmission restriction (requires a driving test) $73
Adding a passenger endorsement
Adding the following endorsements:

  • Tank
  • Doubles/triples
  • Hazmat
$43
Adding a motorcycle license (Class M1/M2)
Adding a firefighter endorsement $27
Commercial Class C
  • Original
  • Renewal
$43
Adding the following endorsements:

  • Tank
  • Hazmat
Adding a motorcycle license (Class M1/M2)
Commercial driving or skill retest $33
Duplicate $32
  • Name change
  • Adding a firefighter endorsement
$27
Identification Card (ID) Your application is for a(n) … The fee is …
Regular ID card
  • Original
  • Renewal
  • Duplicate
  • Name change
  • Emancipated minor
$29
Senior Citizen (age 62 or older) ID card
  • Original
  • Renewal
  • Duplicate
  • Name change
No fee
Reduced-fee ID card
  • Original
  • Renewal
  • Duplicate
  • Name change
$8

Requirements to Get California driver’s license

You will follow the same new California driver’s license application process as described above, paying close attention to:

  • Your Social Security number*. The DMV might waive this if BOTH of the following apply to you:
    • You are not authorized to work in the country or are otherwise ineligible.
    • You can provide an acceptable birth date/legal presence (BD/LP) document.
  • Your birth date/legal presence (BD/LP) document.
    • This document shows your birth date and legal presence in the country.
    • The DMV verifies this document with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
    • The state provides a full list of documents, but examples include:
      • Employment Authorization Card.
      • Valid I-94.
      • Temporary Resident Identification Card.

* Learn more about applying for a SSN at the Social Security Administration’s Social Security number website.

Timing is a factor, too. If your BD/LP expires:

  • More than 30 days from the day you apply for a driver’s license, your application process will move forward normally.
  • Fewer than 60 days from the day you apply for a driver’s license, you can take all your tests but you won’t receive a photo driver’s license card until you present another BD/LP document that’s valid for 60 days or more from the date of your application.

After you’ve met all requirements and the USCIS has verified your legal presence, you’ll receive your driver’s license. Your driver’s license is considered a:

  • Limited Term (LT) driver’s license if your BD/LP expires fewer than 5 years from the date you applied for your license.
  • Full driver’s license if your BD/LP expires more than 5 years from the date you applied for your license.

NOTE: Again, you do not need a new California driver’s license if you possess a valid diplomatic driver license from the U.S. Department of State

 

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