Shannon and I just spent the last 30 minutes or so going through the sample tests on the California DMV site in preparation for going to get our new licenses. Yep, they don’t just transfer your valid status from one state to another out here — you have to earn that right to drive.
I have to respect that, though there is a tiny bit of dread in my gut about having to prove my knowledge of the rules of the road for the first time in 16 years. Really, every driver should be mandated to retake the written portion of test every five years or so, just to keep us all honest. And once you get past a certain age you should probably be made to take a road test every few years as well. Of course, I highly doubt that would happen. Too many people see driving as a right and not a privilege, and anything that gets between them and their cars is always prime for scorn and ridicule.
UPDATE: Tests have been passed. Photos and thumbprints taken. Our Cali licenses should be in hand in 4-6 weeks.