For those who already have a license, a California driver’s license can be obtained at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The closest DMV from Caltech is at 49 South Rosemead Boulevard, Pasadena (Colorado & Rosemead)
General Information for the California DMV: (800) 777-0133
You can make an appointment to take the written test only on the DMV website, but be aware that the earliest appointment may be as long as six weeks away. You may need a passport or birth certificate in addition to your out-of-state license. The website also has additional information for new California residents, including the drivers manual and practice tests. The test takes some preparation as it is easy to fail even if you know how to drive.
For new drivers If you’ve never had a driver’s license, you must pass the written test in order to get a learner’s permit before taking driving lessons. Steps to follow are outlined below:
1. Schedule an appointment for the written test:
The Pasadena Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office is pretty crowded, so it is advisable to schedule an appointment and to do so up to a month before you intend to take the test. The number for scheduling all appointments is 1-800-777-0133 (regular business hours only); written tests may be scheduled on the DMV website at: https://eg.dmv.ca.gov/foAppt/Welcome.jsp
Details about the test, cost and required identification can be found at:
2. Select a driving school
All driving schools offer free pickup and drop-off, and take you for the test when required at the same cost as a regular lesson. You may look at the yellow pages for more driving school listings but be warned that many of the cheaper schools do not advertise there. The DMV maintains a current listing of the licensing status of driving schools. This can be accessed at: https://eg.dmv.ca.gov/olinq/Welcome.jsp.
California Driving School
Pasadena Driving School
862 E. Villa St., Pasadena; (626) 440-9860
259 Sierra Madre Villa Ave. #101, Pasadena; (626) 440-1669
World Driving School
2692 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; (626) 683-3819