California Driver License


California's Driver License

Description[edit]

Laminated with ID barcode, magnetic stripe; current license 2D barcode on back. License may show out-of-state address. For CDL, brown “COMMERCIAL DRIVER LICENSE.”

Minor’s license[edit]

Current license is vertical with ghost image at lower left. Under 21 licenses white “AGE 21 IN (year)” in red bar. Under 18 license has white “PROVISIONAL UNTIL AGE 18 IN (year)” in blue bar.

Validation[edit]

Laser-engraved ghost image and birth date; secondary image and birth date visible under UV light; perforated image of brown bear visible with backlighting.

Number[edit]

1 letter and 7 digits, unspaced, uncoded.

Term[edit]

5 years for original licenses, 5 years for renewals. Expiration is on birthday. For non-U.S. citizens, term does not extend beyond expiration date of legal presence documentation.

Photo[edit]

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