In the state of California, provisional license holders will have restrictions for the first year. During the first year, teen drivers are not allowed to: 

•    Drive between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.
•    Allow passengers under the age of 20 in the car with them

If driving between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. is necessary or if passengers under the age of 20 are present in the car, the driver must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, a licensed driver over the age of 25, or a licensed driving instructor. 
The California Department of Motor Vehicles lists the exceptions to these restrictions below, when reasonable transportation is not available. In addition, the teen driver must carry a note at all times, which explains the necessity and the date when the necessity will end. This rule does not apply to emancipated minors.

•    Medical necessity when reasonable transportation alternatives are unavailable. The note must be signed by the physician containing the diagnosis and probable date of recovery
•    Schooling or school-authorized activity. The note must be signed by your school principal, dean, or his/her designee
•    Employment necessity and the need to operate a vehicle as part of your employment. The note must be signed by your employer verifying employment.
•    Your necessity or the necessity of an immediate family member. The note must be signed by your parent or legal guardian
•    If you are an emancipated minor. No documentation is needed. However, you must have already declared yourself emancipated and provided DMV with
•    Proof of Financial Responsibility (SR 1P) in lieu of the parent’s or guarantors’ signatures

The California DMV monitors all minor drivers closely. If you:

•    Get a traffic ticket and fail to appear in court, your driving privileges will be suspended until you appear in court
•    Get a traffic ticket and neglect to pay the fine, your driving privileges will be suspended until you pay the fine or get in an Orlando car accident
•    Have one “at fault” accident or conviction within 1 year, you will receive a warning letter from the DMV
•    Have a second “at fault” accident or conviction (or combination of both) within 1 year, your driving privileges will be suspended for 30 days. You will be allowed to drive with a parent or other licensed adult (25 years or older) during the 30-day period
•    Have a third “at fault” accident or conviction (or any combination) within 1 year, your driving privileges will be suspended for 6 months and you will be placed on probation for a minimum of 1 year
•    Have additional “at fault” accidents or point count convictions while on probation, your driving privileges will be suspended again

•    All teen traffic violations are reported to the DMV and will remain on your record for a period of time to be determined by the courts. In some cases, these violations can become a part of your permanent record

More than 5,000 teens die in car accidents each year across the U.S. Of the 5,000 teen fatalities each year, the state of California accounts for 400. Based on these figures, the state of California has one of the highest teen accident fatality rates in the country for teen’s ages 16-17. In response to these disturbing figures, California pioneered the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program when it passed its first law in 1997. With higher standards and stricter requirements, California’s Graduated Driver Licensing is like no other. Continue reading to learn more about California’s innovative teen driving laws and the serious consequences for violating them. 

California Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) and Driver License Requirements

Under California’s Graduated Driver Licensing, teens ages 15 ½ to 17 ½ teens must:

•    Apply for and carry a provisional learner’s permit for 6 months
•    Complete 6 hours of professional driver training
•    Complete an approved driver education class
•    Complete 50 practice driving hours with a parent or guardian or an individual that is 25 years of age or older
•    Apply for a provisional driver’s license

Once the teen has completed the steps above, he will receive an interim license. The interim license is good for 60 days. Within the 60 days, if your provisional application is approved (meaning you have passed all tests and met all requirements), you will receive a provisional license in the mail. The provisional license has several restrictions that expire on the driver’s 18th birthday if he has maintained a clean driving record. Please continue to the next section to read about provisional license restrictions. 

To apply for a permits and licenses in the state of California, you must provide the following to Davidovich Law Firm

•    If under the age of 18, the parent or guardian must give written consent
•    Social Security card or proof of Social Security number 
•    Photo ID 
•    Birth certificate
•    Proof of legal residence
•    Application fee of $28 (check, cash, money order, ATM/debit card)

In the state of California, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious offense. All DUI penalties in California include interlock and the assessments, fees, and fines could cost you thousands of dollars. California also has a zero tolerance law for DUI as a teen. Even if a police officer smells alcohol on your breath, you will be charged with a DUI. 

What is the blood alcohol concentration level (BAC) limit in the state of California?

In the state of California, it is a crime to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration level (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. Sentence enhancements exist for cases involving a BAC of 0.15% or higher. 

In the state of California what is the administrative license suspension period for a first offense?

In the state of California, if you get arrested for DUI, the administrative license suspension time for a first offense is 4 months. Under administrative license suspension, the drivers’ license will be taken before conviction when he either fails or refuses to be tested for alcohol or drugs. During the 4 month revocation period, the driver may obtain a limited license, according to Bratton Law

In the state of California, what are the penalties for a first DUI offense? Second offense?


In the state of California, all penalties include interlock. For a first DUI offense, you will spend four hours in jail and 4 months without a license. You will have to do 2 days community service, take a 15 week DUI class, spend 3 years on probation, and 7 years with two points on your driving record. Assessments, fees, and fines will total $5,300. For a second DUI offense, you will have mandatory jail time of 10 days to one year on jail along with an 18-month license suspension. You will have to enroll in a 18-30 month alcohol/drug program, you will spend 48 hours to one year in jail. You will have to drive on a work restricted license for the length of the alcohol/drug program. An interlocking device will be installed on your vehicle for 18 months. 

For a third offense, your license will be suspended for 3 years and you will have to enroll in an 18-month alcohol/drug program — if you have not taken one before. A third offense also carries a mandatory jail sentence of 120 days to a year. Sentence enhancement laws will apply if you were driving 20 mph over the speed limit, if a child under 14 was in the car at the time of the offense, if you refuse to submit to chemical testing, and if you had a prior conviction within the last 10 years.