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Obtaining a California Driver's License
for under 18 year olds

Congratulations on taking the next step to obtaining your driver's license!

Tahoe Driving Academy is the ONLY driving school that includes winter driving skills at no extra charge.
We are also the most affordable private driving school in the Lake Tahoe/Truckee region.


 At Tahoe Driving Academy, we focus on giving our students unparalleled training skills allowing them to confidently and courteously, conquer the challenging Sierra Nevada mountain highways throughout all seasons,
especially on snow and ice.

Your instructor, John Gomez is experienced, dependable, and passionate!

Steps to getting a drivers license for under 18 year olds.

Official CA DMV website


Understanding the CA DMV website can be a bit confusing, for your convenience, we have summarized what is needed for under 18 year olds to get their driver's license.  


  • PLEASE USE THIS LINK TO PRACTICE for your test.  It is not as easy as you think. Scroll to Regular driver (Class C license) and take the 4 practice exams.

  • Once you pass the knowledge test and have your provisional instruction permit, you will need to complete three 2-hours professional driver training.  Tahoe Driving Academy fulfills this requirement.

  • Complete 50 hours of practice with an adult 25 years old or older and has a valid California DL. They will certify you completed the 50 hours of practice.  Practice driving at night for at least 10 of the 50 practice hours is required.

  • Once you have completed three 2-hour lessons and 50 hours practice for 6 months, schedule a driving test appointment (driving tests are not given without an appointment). You may also call 1-800-777-0133 during regular business hours to make an appointment.

Request for lessons under 18

We will contact you within 24 business hours to follow up on your request.

Thank you for considering Tahoe Driving Academy.

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