Car Insurance and Vehicle Registration and Laws for New California Residents
Due to it being the hub of business and the home to beautiful landscapes, California has always been a desirable place to live. According to the American Community Survey (ACS) from 2007 to 2016, an estimated 5 million people moved to California from other states. To consider the high population density of the combined with the 39.56 million drivers, public transit commuters, bikers and pedestrians that navigate the streets of California everyday,, the state has established a strict set of guidelines to regulate commuter and pedestrian safety.
If you’re moving to Los Angeles and plan on bringing your car, you may have questions about how you can legally operate your vehicle on the road. For all inquiries about car law and registration always feel free to reach out to the experienced attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers.
As a visitor you do not need a California driver’s license to drive in the Sunshine state. All that is required is a valid license from your home state. When you become a California resident, the law mandates that you must acquire a California driver’s license within 10 days after receiving your residency. To become a California state resident, you must visit a DMV office in person and present proof of residency along with necessary identification.
To obtain a California driver’s license, you need to:
- Visit a DMV Office and file the necessary paperwork.
- Present a valid social security number and identification document that displays your full legal name.
- Produce proof of residency, which can be any of the following:
- Rental / lease agreement
- Mortgage bill
- Home utility bill
- School I.D.
- Medical document
- Employment document
- Change of address confirmation
- Pay the nonrefundable application fee
- File a fingerprint scan
- Take a vision test
- Take a photograph
- Pass the California Driver License Knowledge Test