It's a natural step, since the British comedian and new bride Katy Perry are embracing Los Angeles as their main home. "While Russell in the past has been chauffeured around Los Angeles by Katy, he now wants to be an independent husband by getting his driver's license," a source tells PEOPLE.
Brand, 35, has been spotted zipping around town in style in celebrity-popular hybrid cars.
Adds the source: "Russell's goal is to be able to drive around town by himself very soon. He has been taking daily driving lessons and is very focused on getting his license as quickly as possible. He seems very excited about driving."
Brand is not only learning the rules of the road – he's also improvising good deeds along the way.
"A homeless man was begging for money by a stop light and as soon as Russell saw the man, he reached for his wallet and gave the man a $20 bill," says an eyewitness. "Russell seemed very pleased that he was able to help the man and he even jokingly told the man to wait in the same spot the next day."