Driver's License

VTA Eco Pass

Effective Spring semester 2019, a personalized VTA Eco Pass Clipper Card (Eco Pass) will be available to all registered San Jose City College students. This gives SJCC students the opportunity to utilize affordable public transportation on the VTA Bus and VTA Light Rail systems. SJCC Student ID cards are separate from the Eco Pass. Both cards are available at the Welcome Center in the Student Center.  More details VTA Eco Pass.

How to Obtain a CA Driver’s License

If you plan to drive a car in the United States, it required to have California Driver’s License. The State of California does not recognize an International Driving Permit or International Driver’s License as a valid form of driver’s license. You can also use it as your ID in many public places.  Please apply only at the official website!

If you have or are eligible for a social security number, then you must provide the number on your application.  An exception to the SSN requirement: If you are legally present in the U.S., but ineligible for an SSN, you are exempt from SSN requirements. However, you must still provide at least two acceptable birth date/legal presence documents for any DL/ID card application OR provide a valid SSN. 

To apply for an original driver license if you are over 18, you will need to do the following:

Step 1: Before Visiting a DMV Field Office

Study for the knowledge test. The study material is available on the DMV website and includes:

    • The California Driver Handbook (multiple languages).
    • Sample tests.
    • Road sign flashcards.
    • Make an appointment before visiting a DMV office.  Appointments can be made online at or by calling 1-800-777-0133.

Step 2: When You Arrive at a DMV Field Office

Go to the START HERE window, identified by a sign. You will need to complete a Driver License or Identification Card Application (DL 44) form. 

You need to prepare the following documents:

      • Valid passport 
      • I-94 Arrival/ Departure record
      • I-20 
      • Two residency documents (lease, utility bill, or letters from the college.)If your address and name on top of it. 
      • Any driver license or permit issued previously by any state (if applicable).

Please remember. The DMV requires that you present the originals.

Step 3: When You Are Called to a Representative’s Window

      • Provide all of the documents listed previously (in STEP 2). 
      • The representative will scan your fingerprint.  
      • An application fee (or any other applicable fee) will be collected.
      • The representative will test your vision (ensure you bring your corrective lenses if needed).
      • The photo will be taken in place.

Step 4: Taking Your Knowledge Test

The test may be done on the computer (TouchScreen Testing) or in certain cases, on paper or audio. Knowledge tests are available in multiple languages. Once you complete the test, follow the directions provided by the representative.

Didn’t pass? Don’t worry. You can repeat this step. Before retesting, study the California Driver Handbook. Provisional applicants must wait a week before retesting.

If you still do not pass the knowledge test after three (3) attempts, you will need to begin the application process again (go to STEP 1).

NOTE: You may not drive unless you have a valid document in your possession that authorizes you to drive.

Passed your knowledge test? Congratulations!

Step 5: What Happens Once You Pass Your Knowledge Test?

After you have passed the knowledge test, you must return back to the window to receive your licensing document.
You will have been issued a driver permit, read your permit carefully to make sure you understand the restrictions that apply.

Step 6: Preparing For and Taking Your Driving Test

Even if you have driven before, it is a good idea to practice driving before making a driving test appointment. 

The behind-the-wheel driving tests are available by appointment only. Once you are ready, you can schedule an appointment online at or by calling 1-800-777-0133.

On the day of your driving test appointment, arrive 10-15 minutes early with an accompanying licensed driver as described in your permit’s restrictions. Go to the START HERE window or a designated check-in counter.

The items you will need include:

      • Current proof of registration of the vehicle.
      • Current proof of insurance for the vehicle.
      • The permit that was issued to you.
      • A driver license or permit issued previously by any state or country (if applicable).

 No one except the examiner is allowed to accompany you during the driving test.

Your driving test begins with a vehicle safety check. This pre-drive inspection demonstrates that you are familiar with your vehicle and that your vehicle meets the DMV’s minimum safety requirements.

Didn’t pass? Don’t worry. You can make an appointment to repeat this step. Provisional applicants must wait two (2) weeks before retesting.

Check the DMV website for the retest fee(s). If you still do not pass the driving test after three (3) attempts, you will need to begin the application process again (go to STEP 1). Passed your driving test? Congratulations!

Step 7: Receiving Your Driver License

After successfully completing the testing process, you may be issued an interim or temporary license. An interim license is a paper driver license issued to you while the hard copy license is in process.
A temporary license is a paper driver license issued because the application is incomplete and is pending additional information or requirements.
An interim or temporary driver license may be valid for up to 60 days. You may drive without an accompanying driver until your license expires.
If you do not receive your driver license card within 60 days, please call 1-800-777-0133.
For more detailed information please visit the official website.

Parking Permits and Fee

Semester parking permits are valid at both campuses and may be purchased online through MyWeb on any computer (from home, work, school) when paying by credit card. Please, direct questions or concerns after you have ordered/purchased your parking permit to Credentials Solutions at 1-847-716-3005.

All automobiles must have the permit placed on the left -hand bottom corner of the front windshield. Violation
of parking rules can result in citations ranging from $37 to $300. Disabled Person Parking spaces and red zones
are enforced at all times. Please read the posted signs and follow instructions printed on parking permits.
Regulations are enforced in all lots beginning the first day of classes.

All motorcycles must have a current permit affixed to the right front fork and must be parked in designated
motorcycle stalls. Motorcycles may not park in regular vehicle stalls.

Parking Permit Fee

• $45 for Fall and Spring Semester permit for automobiles
• $15 for Fall and Spring Semester for a motorcycle permit
• $10 for Summer Semester permit for automobiles
• $5 for Summer Semester permit for motorcycles
• $3 DAY permit.

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