Asking for my girlfriend. She lives in WA where we do not have a car there but visits me in CA frequently. And we have our car in CA, which she needs to drive. She does not have a WA license and does not plan to have one for WA. Since she does not need one.

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    She won't be able to get a California driver's license unless she's a resident of California. Commented May 17, 2022 at 18:29

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You have to reside in California to hold a California driver's licence

Since your girlfriend lives in Washington she can't get a California licence. The good news is she can get a Washington licence and use it in California.

More generally, most places in the world allow "foreigners" (interstate OR international) to use their foreign licence to drive.

  • and related, if you are a resident of CA, you need to have a CA driver's license (there are exceptions).
    – Tiger Guy
    Commented May 18, 2022 at 14:18

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