You're so close to getting your driver's license. All you need to do now is take your road test (and pass it). Sure, you could try going to a testing center to see if you can take the test right away. But chances are you'll have to wait in line just to hear "come back later."
Fortunately, there's a better way. Here's how you can skip the lines and schedule a road test in your state.
Where to Schedule Your Road Test
Every state has its own licensing department, often with different names. For example, California has a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) while Florida has the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV). You'll need to schedule the test with your state's licensing body.
Do It Online
Most states will let you make an appointment online. Typically, the scheduling form will ask for your name, birthday, and contact information.
Call the Office
A few states (like Nebraska) have moved their scheduling system 100% online. But many others still let you schedule over the phone.
Go There in Person
If online and phone appointments don't work for you, try going to your local DMV. Often, you can schedule in person.
When to Schedule Your Road Test
You can schedule your road test as soon as you finish your supervised driving sessions. In most states, that means driving for 50 hours with an adult.
There's no need to rush it! Practice for the road test until you feel confident. You can schedule your road test often well in advance. For instance:
Texas: Book up to 180 days in advance.
California: Book up to 90 days in advance.
Wisconsin: Book up to 77 days in advance.
Maine: Book up to 20 days in advance.
As you can see, it's all over the place. The good news is that you get to choose the best time and day for your test, within what's available. We recommend making an appointment while it's still light outside (especially in winter!) and avoiding rush hour. You'll probably have an easier time acing the road test.
Your Road Test Checklist
Ready to make your appointment? Great! But first, check that you have everything you need.
Pack your learner's permit with you. Chances are you'll need to show it at the DMV.
Forms and Documents
Every state is different, but virtually all ask you to bring certain forms and documents to your road test. You should expect to pack:
Proof of identity and address. Some states, like Texas, also require you to show proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful presence in the country.
Driver's license application forms, filled out.
Parental authorization forms, if you're a minor.
Check your state's DMV website for the exact list of things to take with you.
A Reliable Vehicle
You need a reliable vehicle that meets specific requirements for the road test. It has to be safe and you must have the proof of registration and insurance with you.
If you can't borrow a car from family or friends, you could look into rentals. As long as all the paperwork and insurance are in order, you should be good to go.
5 Road Test Scheduling FAQs
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the scheduling process, answered.
1. Do I Have to Pay to Schedule?
Typically, you don't have to pay to schedule an appointment. There are exceptions, though. In Hawaii, you must pay an $8 deposit to secure your slot.
Then there are more lenient states, like Massachusetts, that only charge you a fee after you pass your road test.
2. What Happens if I Don't Show Up?
If you pay a deposit to secure a slot, then you will likely lose that money. If you didn't pay anything at all, you'll likely have to wait at least 14 days until you can make another appointment.
Some states are harsher on no-shows. For example, Minnesota charges a $20 fee to drivers who miss an appointment. Massachusetts charges drivers the full $35 road test fee if they miss their appointment. It's best to try and reschedule at least 72 hours in advance.
3. What if the Weather Is Bad on My Test Day?
You'll have to learn how to drive during inclement weather. But if the weather is so bad, chances are your road test will be canceled. In Massachusetts, for instance, drivers don't lose their $35 road test fee if the governor calls for a state of emergency.
Call your DMV to ask what to do.
4. Can I Reschedule a Road Test If I Fail the First Time?
Yes, you can, but you'll likely have to wait a few weeks to do it. You may also have to pay a retesting fee.
5. Can I Request Accommodations?
All DMV departments across the United States have to make accommodations for people with disabilities. If you need special accommodations (like having a service animal in the testing vehicle with you), contact your DMV office directly.
Conquer the Road and the Testing Jitters
Everyone feels a little nervous about their road test. But you'll be fine! Just remember what you learned in class. IDriveSafely's driver's ed courses give you a solid foundation that sets you up for success — from the written test all the way to the road test.