Top Road Test Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If you are ready to start driving on the road, you probably have many questions about the process of getting your road test done. The following are frequently asked questions that new drivers have asked and the answers to them so that you can be confident going into your local DMV for your driver license testing.

Top Road Test FAQ

What is the DMV road test?

The DMV road test is essentially the driving skills test administered by the state DMV. In order to get your driver’s license, you need to have successfully passed this road test. It will evaluate your knowledge of road signs, driving etiquette, vehicle safety, and general capability of driving. The examiner will be observing to ensure that you are able to perform a multitude of tasks safely while being mindful of other pedestrians and vehicles on the road.

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Do I need to take a road test?

If you are looking to get your driver’s license so that you can drive legally in your state, you would need to take a road test. In special circumstances, such as the following, you will have to get your road test redone:

  • Your driver’s license has been suspended or revoked, and it needs to be reinstated
  • Your driver’s license has been expired beyond the maximum grace period allowed by the state
  • You have reached a certain age (deemed by your state) that requires you to re-test

When am I eligible to take the road test?

Depending on your state’s driver’s licensing requirements, the age may differ so ensure to research that on your DMV’s site prior to signing up for the test. If you are new to driving you will also have to have completed a driver’s education course and a certain amount of behind-the-wheel practice hours.

These are the technical requirements that you need prior to your test, but part of this is also being comfortable as a driver, fully understanding the road rules yourself, and practicing enough. Once all of those criteria have been met, you should be good to move onto the next step of booking your driving test.


How do I schedule my road test?

Once again, depending on your state, certain DMVs will allow you to schedule it online, while others require you to call-in prior to your ideal testing time. Some DMVs will even allow you to do your road test without booking an appointment, but it is highly recommended that you do so because it becomes busy during certain seasons.

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What can I expect to happen during my driving test?

At the beginning of the test, the examiner will test that your vehicle is safe and capability of being your road test vehicle. Your lights, horn, windshield wipers, etc. will all be tested to ensure that they work and that you are familiar with the variety of functions that your vehicle has.

The examiner will have a checklist of items that they could potentially test you on. This can include anything from 3-point turns to parking, from going through multiple lane changes to successfully stop at a stop sign. They look at your capability to perform those tasks while analyzing how well you display safety towards yourself, your passengers, and others on the road. You are expected to drive how you would normally drive if this was part of you running your daily errands as opposed to being focused on the examiner.

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What do I bring to my road test?

Besides you and the vehicle you plan on driving in, you will need to provide your proof of registration and insurance for your vehicle. If you are new to driving you will need your learner’s permit and proof that you have taken both the driver’s education course along with the completion of your behind-the-wheel practice hours. Some states will require you to bring additional information and documentation, which can be found on our state specific driving test guides.

If you have assistance devices, such as a hearing aid or if you wear glasses, you should bring them to the DMV driving test as well. This is important for documentation purposes to identify your driving needs.


What if I fail my driver’s test on my first try?

This is common, and it is no big deal. All states will allow you to retake your test within a certain timeframe. The examiner will be able to provide you that information so that you can reschedule your appointment.

Part of that process is ensuring that you take note of the mistakes you have made on your test so that you can be wary of them going forward. Practice afterwards will help you observe why you have failed your test so that you can do better when you try again.


How do I get my license after I have passed?

Once you have completed your road test, you will take the proof of passing the exam back into the DMV office, where you will then fill in a licensing application, pay a require fee, and have your photo taken for the license.

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