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Selena Gomez: 'I'll be 30 Before I Get My License!'

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Disney Channel star Selena Gomez turned 16 in July. So is she driving yet?

“Nowhere close,” she says. “I don’t even have my permit yet. It’s pretty embarrassing.”

While chatting with PEOPLE about the UR Votes Count campaign – which encourages teens to get involved in the political process – the Wizards of Waverly Place star also described her own experience with the government red-tape of the DMV.

“I had to take 19 tests in California! It’s the weirdest thing ever. I have to take, like, an online course, and then I have to go take my actual permit test at the DMV. So I will take that Nov. 4, but I don’t know. I’m not feeling that confident about it,” she laughs. “I’m assuming I’ll be 30 before I get my license.”

While not yet old enough to vote, Gomez helped to encourage more than 50,000 teens to learn about the Presidential candidates in recent months as a spokesperson for UR Votes Count campaign.

After studying both sides, teens across the country participated in a mock election. The results: Sixty-two percent for Barack Obama; 33-percent for McCain.

As for her own vote: “I don’t really know,” she admits. “That’s why it’s neat to practice, and sort of educate myself on what each candidate has to offer.”

Would Gomez ever run for office herself? “Definitely not!” she says.

Her career plans include heading back to the studio next month to record a new album, and a role in the upcoming film, Princess Protection Program, co-starring and duetting with best friend Demi Lovato.