The California Driver Handbook

So you’re finally in the beginning stages of pursuing that honorable, arduous journey to getting your California driver license. Just kidding - it’s actually pretty simple and straightforward, and it begins with getting your learner permit. But in order to do that, you’ll have to pass the driver test first.

“But Aceable,” you cry woefully, “how will I pass this seemingly impossible driver test?” Easy! Just take free permit practice tests with Aceable! Looking for more resources? Study the California Driver Handbook, which is where all the questions for the test will come from. The best part? You can get the manual for free (we’ll link to all the places where you can get the handbook at the end of the post).

What is The DMV Handbook?

The CA Driver Handbook is a 116-page booklet published by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. It’s available for all types of drivers (including commercial and motorcycle) in a wide variety of languages (English, Armenian, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Russian, Punjabi, Farsi, American Sign Language).

The DMV CA handbook and other driving manuals are meant to help new-to-California residents, as well as first-time drivers, get acquainted with the rules of the road, and understand traffic laws and safety information.

What Is Covered In the Handbook?

At a high level, the manual provides information regarding different types of licenses, state traffic laws, road signs, safe driving information, health and safety regulations, and what to expect on your examination. All of this will help you drive safely and successfully in the state of California!

DMV Information

General Information

The California Drivers License

Obtaining a Drivers License

The New Driver Examination Process

Special Section - Minors

Miscellaneous Licensing Information

Occupant Protection

Traffic Controls

Laws and Rules of the Road

Visual Search

Lane Control



Safe Driving Practices

Vehicle Positioning

Sharing the Road

Special Driving Situations

Handling emergencies

Driver Readiness

Alcohol and Drugs

Additional Driving Laws/Rules


Online Drivers License facts and other Publications

Where to get the handbook

Good news for those of you always on the go: the California DMV now offers the Driver Handbook on mobile for iOS and Android. The app also offers sample quizzes, instructional videos, and interactive tutorials.

Prefer to do it all online? Download a PDF of the CDL handbook on the DMV website [here](https://www.dmv.ca.gov/web/eng_pdf/dl600.pdf).

To get a hard copy of the driver's manual by snail mail, contact your local CA DMV office or call (800) 777-0133 (office hours between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.). You can also pick up a California driving manual in person at your local DMV office.