Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Marina del Rey, California
Sounds pretty thorough. Here in California I had to take a theory exam (not difficult) and, for the practical driving part, I could either take a commercial driving course of, I think, a few half-days, or take a skills test in the parking lot of the driving license bureau. I opted for the latter: mostly it's about doing an easy slalom around cones, walking speed, followed by a very difficult circle, twice around at walking speed left, then right. The reason they make it difficult is that they really want you to take the course. In my opinion the driving test, which I passed but only after a lot of practicing on Sundays in that same parking lot, has very little to do with the real world situations you find yourself in. But at least I got my license (after having had motorcycle licenses in Holland, Switzerland and France since 1991. But those were not considered 'real' by the US authorities so they made me go through the whole thing again). What took the most time in the whole process was the hours and hours waiting in the driving license bureau, for every stage.
2018 G 310 R, 2016 C 650 Sport and 1976 (!) Yamaha XS650