For the past several months, you have been preparing yourself for your driving test. The DMV drive test can be a very stressful event. Being well-prepared and following the correct procedures can help alleviate the stress and provide you with a pleasant and successful experience.

Way Before the Test

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT – Use the DMV online scheduling system to schedule an appointment for your drive test. If you are already nervous by nature, take in consideration the location, day of the week, and time of day you schedule your appointment. These details will help make your drive test a little less stressful. Choose a DMV within an area that is familiar to you or within an area with easy driving conditions. Choose a day of the week that is NOT trash pick-up day in the neighborhood where you might be tested. This may require a little bit of Googling on your part, but well worth it. Imagine being stuck behind a big, tall trash truck during your drive test and not knowing how to handle the situation…not good. Finally, if possible, choose the earliest morning appointment available. DMV Offices opens at 8:00am on weekdays, 9:00am on Wednesdays. Early morning appointments will provide you with faster DMV service, light traffic during your test, and fresh/happy examiners.

PRACTICE – It is important that you prepare for the drive test well ahead of time. Make sure you have had plenty of correct and safe driving practice. Teens under 18 years old are required to have 50 hours of behind-the-wheel practice during the six months of having their learner’s permit. And although adults are not required to take formal lessons or have a set amount of practice time, Express Driving School has recommendations for all drivers based on individual needs.

Day Before the Test

VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS – The vehicle you use for your driving test must be safe to drive. Before the test, the examiner checks for:

  • two license plates. The rear plate must show current registration.
  • both front and back turn signal lights and working brake lights. You will signal to the right and signal to the left prior to starting your test.
  • a working horn designed for the vehicle. You will honk your horn prior to starting your test.
  • tires with no bald spots.
  • adequate brake pressure (you will be asked to step on the brake pedal to see if it works properly).
  • a driver’s side window that rolls down.
  • a windshield that allows a full unobstructed field of vision.
  • two rear view mirrors (one must be on the outside, to the driver’s left).
  • driver and front passenger doors that open from both the inside and outside.
  • a secured glove compartment door so it doesn’t open during the test.
  • a passenger seat permanently attached to the vehicle.
  • working safety belts, if the vehicle was manufactured with safety belts.
  • working emergency/parking brake.

REST and RISE – Set your alarm!! Go to bed the night before, at an appropriate time, to provide you with enough sleep to concentrate on your drive test.

Day of the DMV Drive Test

  1. Arrive at the DMV Office 15-20 minutes prior to your scheduled drive test appointment. PARK IN THE PARKING LOT, and not in the drive test lane.
  2. Check-in inside the office with the following items: (all DMV offices have a designated window for Drive Tests check-ins)
  • Learner’s Permit (Minors under 18 years old also need parent’s signature on their learner’s permit and a Certificate of Completion)
  • Current vehicle registration
  • Proof of Insurance
  • Accompanied by a licensed driver (may be asked to show a valid driver’s license)

3. Hop back in your car with the new stack of paperwork from DMV personnel, and drive to the designated area to wait for the examiner.

Good Luck!!

Drive Safe. Drive Responsible. Drive Respectful.