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Paperwork isn’t fun for most people, but it’s what makes the California Department of Motor Vehicles run! You need a form to do pretty much anything, which is why we created this resource. You can get easy-to-understand information on all of the most common DMV forms.
We also included a checklist of all the documents and forms you’ll need to get your driver's license so you know what to fill out and when!
Once you get a California drivers license or permit your driving record will begin. It’s a good idea to know what’s on your driving record since it can affect how much you pay in auto insurance and your driving privileges. You can use the Request for Your Own Driver License Information Record form (INF 1125) to see what’s on your record.
Do you want to donate your organs? If so, that can be noted on a California drivers license application form or renewal form if you’re already licensed.
The DL44 is a form everyone should become familiar with because submitting one is a requirement for getting a California drivers license. The form can also be used to replace a lost license or renew a license before it expires.
If you move, the DMV needs to know about it so that your information is up-to-date on all documents. That includes your drivers license. And a change of address form needs to be submitted within 10 days of the move.
When a traffic accident happens, a DMV form needs to be submitted. The SR 1 is the form that should be used to document what happened during a significant traffic accident that resulted in property damage, injury or death.
The Application for Title or Registration form (REG 343) is used for all types of vehicle title changes. It could be because the vehicle was sold, you moved from out-of-state or the car is being salvaged. In every instance, you’ll need to submit a REG 343 form.
Need another copy of your vehicle title? That’s exactly what the Application for Duplicate or Paperless Title form is for! REG 227 should be filled out if you never received the original title, the title is lost, illegible, damaged or stolen.
Any forms that are not listed above can be found in the forms sections of the California DMV website. Many of these forms can be completed online, mailed in or submitted in person.
The California DMV Driver Handbook is essentially the textbook for getting a driver’s license. The 116-page handbook goes over all of the rules of the road, how to operate a vehicle, the process of getting a license and much more. It’s a must-read for anyone who wants a California drivers license.
Getting a California drivers license is a process, but being able to get yourself where you need to go is worth it! Find out what needs to happen first and all the steps after that with our handy California Driver License and Permit Checklist.