If you fail your driver's license test three times in California, you have to begin the application process all over again. You must submit all of the same information you did the first time, including your Social Security number, identification, name and birth date. You can then take the written test a second time for your learner's permit, which will give you another three chances to pass the driving test.
Form DL 44
If you've failed your road test three times in California and you want to try again, your first step is to fill out and submit form DL 44. This is the same form you filled out when you applied the first time, but you can't get another chance at a road test without filling it out again.
This form is not available for online download, but you can get one by visiting any Department of Motor Vehicles field office. As of publication, DMV field offices are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. all other weekdays.
You can also request form DL 44 by calling 800-777-0133. This number is available 24 hours a day, so it doesn't matter what time you call.
When you submit your application form, you'll have to pay the $35 application fee again. If you fail the test on your fourth try, your next two tries will cost $7 each.
Along with your DL 44 and application fee, you must provide your Social Security number, proof of identity, proof of legal resident status and birth date. Your proof of identity cannot be a photocopy. It must be either the original version of the document or a certified copy.
If you're a minor, you must also provide the certificate from your driver's education course.
Written and Vision Tests
After you've provided all the necessary information, you have up to three tries to pass the written test again. If you can't pass the written test on your third try, you have to start the application process over.
You will also have to pass the vision test again with eyesight of better than 20/200 in at least one eye. You can wear glasses or contacts for this test if you need to. If you pass both the written and vision tests, the Department of Motor Vehicles will take your photograph and thumbprint.
You will be given another learner's permit and authorized to take the driving test up to three times within the next 12 months. If you don't have your license by the end of the 12 months, or if you fail the test three times again, you'll have to repeat each of these steps.
- State of California Department of Motor Vehicles: Frequently Asked Questions
- California Department of Motor Vehicles: Driver License and Identification Card Information
- California Department of Motor Vehicles: Driver Handbook
- State of California Department of Motor Vehicles: Field Office Information
- State of California Department of Motor Vehicles: Driving Tests
- State of California Department of Motor Vehicles: Driver License/Identification Card Application Fees