Road Skills Test

You will need to take the road skills test if you do not hold a valid driver’s license from another U. S. state, Canada, Germany, France, or the Republic of Korea. You must provide a vehicle for the road skills test (cannot be taken in an autocycle). The vehicle must have a valid safety inspection sticker, license plates, registration card and decals, working brakes, safety belts, horn, lights, turn signals, mirrors and speedometer.

To take the road skills test, the DMV examiner will require that you either:

  • present an acceptable driver’s education certificate of completion, or
  • complete a behind-the-wheel checklist (DMV form CSMA 19 available at the Virginia DMV website or any DMV office) that describes specific driving tasks that you may be asked to perform while taking the road skills test. A licensed driver will need to certify on the form that he/she has been with you while you practiced the driving tasks and that you have complied with all requirements for learner’s permit holders while operating a motor vehicle.

For applicants under 18, the road skills test will be given as part of the driver education course taken at a public, private or commercial driving school. If you are home schooled, refer to the Home-Schooled In-Car Driver Education Information Sheet (HS 3) for more information about taking the road skills test.

Applicants age 18 or older must hold the learner’s permit for 60 days prior to the first road skills test or complete a course of driver’s education at a driver training school approved by DMV or the Department of Education. For applicants who choose to take driver’s education, the road skills test will be administered by the driver training school.

For those who opt to hold a learner’s permit for 60 days, the road skills test will be given by a DMV staff member. The test may be taken only once per business day.

If you fail the road skills test, you must wait two days to take it again. If you fail the road skills test at DMV three times, you will not be able to take it a fourth time until you complete and pass the in-vehicle part of driver education at a driver training school approved by DMV or the Department of Education.

The completion date for the in-vehicle part must be after the date you failed the road skills test the third time. Once you successfully complete the in-vehicle part and give DMV your certificate of completion, you can take the road skills test again.

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