California Occupational License

License Title:
    Independent Driving Instructor License
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Licensing Agency:
     Department of Motor Vehicles
     Occupational Licensing
     The Individuals

Licensing Agency Contact Information:
     Address: P.O. Box 932342, MS-L224
Sacramento,  CA  94232 - 3420

     Phone Number: (916) 229-3128
     Fax Number: (916) 229-4728

     Internet Address:

License Requirements, Fees, and Examination Information:
Persons providing independent instruction in the operation of motor vehicles for compensation.

Fees: Application: $30; Renewal: $30; Additional: $30; Transfer or duplicate: $15; Family support: $1.

Examination Frequency: Three years following date of issuance.

Exam Locations: Multiple

Experience Requirement: High school graduate or equivalent.

Average Time to Process Application: 120 days. May issue temporary permit (see miscellaneous section at the end).

Renewal Period: Every 3 years.

Special License Requirements: Background investigation; physical examination; 21 years of age or older; must be employed as an accredited teacher of driver education or training under provisions of Education Code at all times; have satisfactorily completed a course in the teaching of driver education and driver training acceptable to the department; pass the required written exam; submit a vehicle inspection report annually; meet all requirements of Vehicle Code Section 11103—maintain insurance coverage at all times; submit proof of coverage with application. License issued only if city population is less than 50,000 and county population is less than 400,000, and there is no licensed driving school in the city.

Comments: Applications and information for Independent Driving Instructor may be downloaded from our website at or obtained from Occupational Licensing, P.O. Box 932342 Sacramento, CA 94232-3420 or call (916) 229-3126.

Authority: Vehicle Code, Sections 11100-11116; California Code of Regulations, Title 13, Sections 50.40-50.45, and 340.00-344.34; Government Code, Section 6157 (a-d).
Occupations To Which This License Applies:
Occupation TitleSOC Code
Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 253021