Hi everyone... you all don't know me, but I feel like I know you because I
come looking here to find all my information whenever I have questions...
and usually a search helps me out. So hello and thank you!
I'm hoping someone has tried to get a California drivers license recently,
so they tell me if they had to take a drive test or not.
My dilemma is this. Last month I finally sucked it up and sat at the stupid
DMV, talked to someone about getting my license. I'm an Australian national,
I have an Australian license. The staff at the DMV were really nice and it
seemed very simple. They said all I need to do is pass a written test and I
would be issued a CA license.
The fact is, I'd been in there several times and each time I'd been told I
didn't need to take a drive test, all I needed to do was take a written
test. Which last month I finally did and they said my license was in the
I ended up moving earlier than anticipated and I know government mail isn't
supposed to be forwarded (although lord knows all my INS stuff has always
been forwarded no matter how much they say it won't be). So I called because
I was worried about my license being returned to the DMV.
The rep says I need a drive test. I questioned his information and he got
all defensive saying "how can you expect to come to this country and have us
just recognize your license like that? you need a drive test"...
Ehhhh...Excuse me buddy, I don't "expect" anything, I'm going by what YOU
PEOPLE told me, on numerous occaisons... get it right.
OK, he refuses to get me a supervisor, my husband calls back to complain and
so do I... Both reps are adamant that I DO NOT need a drive test. The second
rep I talk to looks up the status and tells me my license is "in process"
and is just awaiting for my SSN and associated info I provided to
validate... she then transfers me to a supervisor and the supervisor backs
up the rude rep and says I need a drive test too.
I know I went off on a tangent there (apologies... venting)... but I'm
hoping someone here has been through this process here in California and can
tell me whether they needed a drive test or not. I'm so busy. I work
full-time, I go to school, the next time DMV is open on a saturday is 3
weeks away... If I don't have to take a drive test, I don't wanna, just
because some crusty old f___ at DMV wants to make my life a little more
difficult. I don't think thats unreasonable of me. If I have to take it
though, I have no problem with that either... I just want the right
information, thats all.
I searched and I found lots of DMV experiences, but none very recent or
specifically for California... Again, I really appreciate your help. I don't
know where I'd be without this forum! Maybe I should post my AOS
experience/timeline so that I can give back a bit and contribute some...