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Road Skills Test

If you do not hold a valid driver’s license. you must take the road skills test and provide a vehicle for the test. The vehicle must have a valid safety inspection sticker, license plates, registration card, and working brakes, safety belts, horn, lights, turn signals, mirrors and speedometer.

The road skills test is offered at all DMV customer service centers except the Fair Oaks Mall and Arlington DMV Metro at Virginia Square locations. You may schedule an appointment for a road test. Road test scheduling is not available online. Appointments can be made in person at any customer service center or by calling the DMV Direct Customer Contact Center at (804) 497-7100.

The road skills test will be administered by a DMV representative. Evidence of the completion of a state-approved driver education class or an In Car Maneuvers Observation Record (CSMA-19) is required at the time of testing. Only the applicant and the DMV representative are allowed in the vehicle during the road skills test.

If you are under age 18, the road skills test will be given as part of the Virginia driver education course taken at a public, private or commercial driving school.

If You Fail the Road Skills Test

There is a mandatory two day waiting period after a failed road skills test before the test can be administered again. For example, if you fail the road skills test on Monday, you are required to wait Tuesday and Wednesday and may retest on Thursday.

Regardless of age, if you fail the road skills test three times at a CSC, you must complete the behind the wheel portion of driver education from a Virginia approved Driver Training School and present the Driver Education Certificate with a completion date that is after the date of the third test failure to satisfy eligibility requirements for re-examination at a customer service center. Re-examination requirements for home-schooled students can be found in the Home-Schooled Re-Examination Requirements Information Sheet" (HS 4).

A Footnote about Footwear

Please remember that proper shoes play a big part in driving safety.

  • Drivers should wear safe footwear that does not have an open heel (such as flip-flops or sandals), because these types of shoes can slip off and wedge under accelerator or brake pedals.
  • High-heeled shoes can also be problematic, because heels can get caught in or under floor mats and delay accelerating or braking when needed.
  • Driving in bare feet or in just socks or stockings can also be dangerous, as your feet may slip off the gas or brake pedals.
  • Sneakers or low heeled flat shoes are encouraged.