Keys to Passing Your Georgia Road Test
Whether you've been driving for 1 month or 10 years, in another state or another country, it's nerve-wracking to take a road test. There are also some Georgia state-specific requirements you'll need to know for your test. Here we've gathered exactly what you need to know to pass your Georgia road test, so you can spend more of your valuable time with friends and family and less time scouring the internet for information.
Things to Know Before Your Georgia Road Test
First, you need to make sure you have a road test appointment scheduled ahead of time. There are no walk-ins. You can easily schedule your Georgia road test here if you haven't yet.
A few things to note:
- Make sure you have a valid email address. This is where they'll send your road test confirmation.
- When you book online, the system offers the first available appointment. You can take your road test at any Georgia Department of Driver Services that offers road tests!
- Best to arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled test time. If you're late, it's likely they'll reschedule you.
- Save time and fill out the required online application form before your appointment! (Applications are good for 30 days.)
Here are the Georgia Road Test Requirements
Here's what you'll need in order to take your road test:
- Proof that you have completed 40 hours of supervised road driving (including 6 hours of night driving)
- Successfully passed the driver's license knowledge test
Teen Driver (under age 18)
- Learner's Permit (held for at least 1 year)
- A current Certificate of School Enrollment (DS-1)
- Your Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program Certificate (ADAP)
- A signed form by the parent or legal guardian accompanying you to your test (here)
- If you're 16, you'll also need to complete and bring your Joshua's Law Certificate
- Registration and insurance card for the vehicle (paper copies)
- If using a rental car, make sure the name of the person testing is on the rental agreement.
- If your vehicle has temporary tags or was purchased within the past 30 days, you must bring the bill of sale.
- Your vehicle will need to pass a safety inspection* or you won't be allowed to test. See the basic requirements below.
Pro-Tip: If you need a vehicle that meets these requirements and a licensed driver to accompany you, you can book a car and driver here.
On Your Georgia Road Test Day
Check-In at the DMV
When you get to the DMV, you'll go inside and check in with your driver at one of the computers which will give you a number. You'll sit and wait in the DMV until you number is called, at which point you'll go to the counter. You'll then present your Learner's Permit as well as the registration and insurance for the car you'll be taking your road test in. Then you'll go back out to the parking lot with your driver who will drive you both around the building to the road test line where you'll wait until the examiner comes up to the car. At this point your driver will get out and can wait inside the DMV while you test, you'll move to the driver's seat and the examiner will move into the passenger seat to start your road test.
Take Your Road Test
For the Georgia Road Test (aka "Road Skills Test") you'll be tested on the following maneuvers. Best to be overly prepared!
- Parallel Parking: You've practiced this a lot. You can do it 🙂
- Backing: Back your car slowly for about 50 feet, as straight and smoothly as possible. Be sure to actually turn your head and look back (instead of just using your mirror). Pro tip: we see a lot of people get points deducted for not doing this.
- Stopping for Signs or Traffic Signals: Give the proper hand or brake signal; approach in the proper lane; stop before a pedestrian crosswalk and remain stopped until you can drive safely through.
- Turnabout: Turn your car in a narrow space using two-, three- or five- point turns.
- Yielding Right-of-Way: Always yield right-of-way to pedestrians, motor vehicles, bicyclists or anyone else who moves into the intersection before you.
- Turning: Be sure to turn into the same side lane you're turning from (ie: if you start your turn in the left hand lane, you must turn into the left hand lane)
- Passing: Always look ahead and behind to make sure you can safely pass without interfering with other traffic.
- Following: Make sure not to drive too close! Here's a tip: Pick a reference point and watch the car in front of you pass it, then count "one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two." If you pass the same spot before you're done counting, you're too close.
- Posture: Keep both hands on the steering wheel (10 and 2). Don't rest your elbow on the window and avoid trying to have a conversation with the examiner (they're busy giving you instructions and noting your score!)
After your Georgia Road Test
That's it! At the end of the test, the examiner will gladly show you your score sheet and answer any questions. If you score at least 75% you've passed! If you happen to fail your road test, not to worry, most people pass by their 2nd time and you'll be able to take the test again after 7 days.
Good luck and here's to passing your Georgia Road Test with flying colors!
*Basic vehicle requirements
- Properly functioning brake lights, turn signal lights, horn, windows that roll up and down, operable doors with inside and outside door handles, inside rear view mirror, and outside side (left/right) view mirrors properly placed
- A windshield with no cracks or debris, providing an unobstructed field of vision and nothing hanging from the rearview mirror
- Tires that are in good condition and properly inflated. Spare (donut) tires are not acceptable
- No service or warning lights illuminated on dashboard, including low gas