Driving License San Francisco

Driving is a privilege and not a matter of right. Getting a driving license in San Francisco can be a lot easier for you if you know the process. There are a number of steps that you can follow to get a  driving license in San Francisco.

DMV in California

The first step is to get an online appointment with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”). Once an appointment is made, you will be required to complete an application form, give a thumb print and have your picture taken. If you are eligible, you will provide your Social Security Number (SSN). If you don’t have a SSN, a temporary license will be given to you which will be renewed once you get your SSN.

You will also be required to provide your full name and pay the application fee for the driving license. There are different categories of licenses.  For example if you are operating a commercial vehicle, you will apply for a commercial driving license. The application fee varies according to the different classifications.


To get the driving license in San Francisco, you will also require a vision exam. Certain vision requirements are necessary for safe driving and your vision should meet the standards set by the California DMV. A traffic laws and signs test will be conducted at the DMV office. After clearing this test, you will be given a permit so that you can begin learning. Next you have to take the practical driving test. This requires appointment with the DMV. An instructor/ examiner will accompany you in the driving test. You will be tested on the practical application of traffic laws and driving skills including parallel parking.

Once you have passed the driving test, you will be given a temporary license till you get your new photo license by mail. In order to get a permanent driving license you need to submit documents that verify your date of birth and residency in the State of California.  Any license is subject to renewal and as a licensed driver it is your responsibility to follow traffic laws. If you fail to abide by the traffic rules and regulations, you are likely to end up paying heavy fines or worse – face suspension of your license.

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