There are three different kinds of licenses for teens in California: learner’s permits, provisional licenses, and driver’s licenses.  For information on how to apply, click here.

Here is basic information about each one.

Learner’s Permit Provisional License Driver’s License
What age can you first apply?
15 1/2 years old
16 years old
18 years old
Requirements to apply
Need to take driver’s education class and pass a written test
Need to take a driver’s education class and pass a written test
Do not need to take a class.
Do need to pass a written driver’s test
Driving Rules
When you have a learner’s permit, you can only drive if you have another licensed driver at least 25 years old in the car supervising you.
You cannot have anyone else in the car except the supervising adult.
You do not need to have a supervising driver.
You cannot drive any passengers under 20 years old unless you have another licensed driver at least 25 years old in the car.
There are some exceptions that let you drive family.  
You can drive with anyone you want once you have a license.

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