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The road test


What to bring


Picture learners permit

Pre licensing course certificate

A properly registered and insured vehicle

A licensed driver over the age of 21

If you are under 18, a form MV-272 (20 hours certificate) or a drivers ed certificate


There is no fee to take a NYS road test. (But driving schools will typically charge you a fee for the use of their car) Need a car for road test?


You will not be allowed to take your test with the temporary learner’s permit unless you also have a New York State issued picture I.D.


Double check the date, time and location of your road test.


Check the expiration date of your permit


Check the expiration date of your five hour class certificate (one year from the date of issuance) The DMV will typically give you one month after the expiration date of your five hour certificate to take your test. As long as you scheduled it before the actual expiration date.


Check the expiration date of your car’s registration.


Check the expiration date of your vehicles inspection.


The vehicle you bring must be in safe operating condition and all lights and mirrors must be operational.


Do not be late. The road test inspector can deny you a road test if you arrive after your scheduled time.


Get there at least hour before your scheduled time.

What to expect





There could be as much as 20 cars on line.


There is typically anywhere from 3 – 5 examiners for every road test.


The typical wait time is about one hour.


The duration of the road test time is roughly about 15 minutes or less.


A DMV inspector will check your paperwork and assign an examiner to your car.


How to prepare yourself


Take enough lessons.


Be consistent with your lessons.


Get professional instruction from a licensed driving school. link


Reread the learners manual.


Skills checklist.


Road test flowchart.


Link to road test page


Link to road test discussion threads



After the test


Whether you pass or fail your road test you will be given either a white receipt–like paper or a large yellow piece of paper. Both show you the results of your test.


When you pass you will be asked to sign at the bottom of the white receipt-like paper or the examiner will stamp the bottom of the yellow paper.


This is your temporary license. You can now drive. You should receive your New York state drivers license in the mail within approximately two weeks. It will come to the same address that is on your permit. It will also have the same expiration date as the permit.


You can submit a change of address form at your local DMV office.


They will also keep your pre-licensing class certificate if you pass or if it is expired. If you've passed then you don’t need it anymore. If the pre-licensing class certificate is expired then you will need to take the five hour class again to get another certificate.


If you fail and you are given the yellow paper. There will be no stamp (if you have passed, they will stamp it). If you fail and you are given the white receipt-like paper, there will be no place for your signature (if you have passed, there will be a place for your signature). Also if you fail you will be given back your five hour class certificate. You will need this to schedule another road test. The DMV allows you to take the road test as many times as you want. But they will assess a $10 fee for every two road test that you take. So for example, this means that if you fail your road test twice then you will have to pay $10 to be able to schedule the road test for a third and fourth time.


If you have passed, somewhere on the document it should say something like: Applicant meets standards for licensing.




Why did I fail chart?


The only people who know exactly what happened on you’re your test are you the examiner. And most of the time the evaluation sheet that they give you at the end of the test can sometimes be confusing or just plain illegible. Sometimes you may even see things on there that you would swear never happened.


The road test is based on a point system. More than 30 points you fail. Thirty points or less you pass.


You can fail as a result of accumulating too many points or a result of one mistake. There are mistakes that you can make on the road test that can fail you automatically, no matter how harmless it may seem to you, no matter at what point it happens during the test and no matter how well you did on the rest of the test. Most people fail as a result of one critical mistake as opposed to an accumulation of too many points.


The maximum amount that can be taken off for any one mistake is 15 points. Mistakes range from 5,10 and 15 points. Mistakes that are 15 points are mistakes that typically fail you automatically, regardless of how many points you have or haven't already accumulated. Also sometimes when you see things on your result sheet that you don't remember doing, it could be that those mistakes are related to one particular mistake. For example. (Say you made a wide right turn and almost went into the wrong lane but swung the car into the correct lane. Your possible mistakes in this situation could be 1. wide right turn (5pts.) 2. improper lane (10pts.) 3. not looking over shoulder when switching lanes 4. not signaling when switching lanes 5. poor steering control (15pts.) Your first mistake was making the turn too wide, your second mistake was partially turning into the wrong lane, your third mistake was swinging back into the lane that you should have gotten into in the first place (this is perceived as poor steering control), your next mistake was probably not signaling when swinging back into the correct lane and your last mistake was not looking over your shoulder when swinging back over ( there could have been another vehicle already there, making it's turn correctly and you did not look or indicate properly.)


What to do/What not to do




Do not ask the examiner to put on their seat belt.

Do not keep asking the examiner which direction to go, they will tell you when they are ready. If they don't say anything then go straight.

*Common Myths & Misconceptions (add your question here) - 1 page


Be careful of what people tell you. Most of it is either completely false or only half true. We recommend that you don’t tell anybody when you are taking your road test. This will reduce the amount of inaccurate information you receive and may also reduce the amount of pressure you may feel as a result of trying to live up to other peoples expectations.


Here are some common inaccurate statements:


  Don’t cross your hands - FALSE

  Don’t look over your shoulder - FALSE

  The examiner will try to trick you - FALSE

  Hit the curb you fail – HALF TRUE

  Adjust your mirrors – HALF TRUE

  The speed limit is 35 - FALSE







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