If you're looking to get your driver's license in the US, you're going to need access to a car. If you don't have a valid driver's license from another country you're also going to need someone to take you to your test. Here's what you need to know on how to get a car for your driver's license road test.
Getting a car for your driver's license road test
If you're looking to get a car for your road test, you can borrow a car from someone or rent a car from a driver training school. In both of these cases, you'll also need a licensed driver to accompany you to your test. If you have a driver's license from another country, you have a third option: To rent a car from a rental company.
Summary: Borrow a car or rent from a driver training school or if you have a foreign driver's license a rental car company is also an option.
Making sure the car is acceptable
If you obtain a car from someone else (friend, family, whomever), there are a few basic requirements you'll need to be aware of:
- The car must be registered
- The car must have insurance
- The car must have license plates
- The car must meet safety requirements (working brake lights, etc)
These items will be checked before you go on your road test, so make sure you have the necessary documents ahead of time so you don't get turned away. If you don't have a car that meets the requirements, your options are, in some cases, an approved rental car, a friend or family member, or you might want to look into YoGov's car and driver road test concierge service.
Getting a driver to accompany you
Most states require you to come with a licensed driver in addition to having a valid car. The reason is simple: A permit is not a license, therefore you need someone who does have a license. In California, for example, this person is required to check in with you before your road test and show their valid driver's license.
Some driver training schools offer this as an option along with driver training practice. The cost for this depends on the package but is usually a couple hundred dollars or more. YoGov also offers this option currently in over 20 states - a car and a licensed driver for your road test.
Renting a rental car for your driver's license road test
If you're already a licensed driver in another country, most rental car companies will also allow you to rent a car for the purposes of your driving test. In most cases, rental car companies will require you to take out the maximum insurance and coverage for this case, so check the prices to see what is most affordable for you.
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