Road Skills Tests
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is pleased to safely resume road skills testing (behind-the-wheel) for passenger vehicles and motorcycles. Appointments may now be scheduled for future service at several locations across the state.
Appointments may now be scheduled for future service at several locations across the state.
In order to accommodate social distancing protocols, DMV has adopted a new procedure for road skills testing that ensures new drivers demonstrate safe driving skills and allows for social distancing for everyone's health and well-being. The approach is modeled from best practices currently in use by motor vehicle agencies in other states and industry leaders. So our customers know what to expect before taking the test, we have outlined the basics below. We look forward to safely serving you!
- Schedule an appointment at dmvNOW.com/appt for your road skills test (behind-the-wheel). Road skills testing at DMV is available to Virginia residents age 18 and older who have first passed their knowledge exam (computer). Those under age 18 must complete a state-approved driver education program. For more information, visit https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/drivers/#ed_reqs.asp.
- Read this guide to familiarize yourself with DMV's new skills testing process for passenger vehicles. It gives you an in-depth look at the maneuvers you'll be asked to conduct during your test. More information on the motorcycle road skills test is available here.
- You must provide a vehicle for the test. Rental or zip car can only be used if the individual taking the road skills test is listed on the rental agreement as an authorized driver. 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 will be administered in English by a DMV representative. Customers may bring with them a translator to their road skills test. The translator must stand outside of the vehicle and translate only the instructions given by the DMV test examiner to the driver.
- 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.
- Bring your learner's permit with you to your appointment. If you have passed your knowledge exam, but were not issued a learner’s permit, you must bring the documents necessary to obtain an original Virginia driver’s license outlined in this publication.
Arriving at DMV
- Wait in your vehicle until 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment and then check in with the greeter outside of the building.
- Once you are checked in, you will be directed to the testing site within the parking lot marked off by cones.
- For everyone's safety, our examiners wear appropriate personal protective equipment, and will always maintain an appropriate social distance from the applicant.
Taking the Test
- Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the site. You'll notice it has stop signs, just like you encounter on roads. There are also yellow and red cones for reference points.
- Because of social distancing protocols, this test will be different than a traditional road test, but the core and integrity of it is the same. The examiner will not be in the car with you, and you must keep your window rolled down for the duration of the test so the examiner can communicate with you (rain or shine).
- From outside the vehicle, the examiner will instruct you to demonstrate control of the vehicle and complete required maneuvers, such as showing you can work the wipers and horn, can safely back up the vehicle, can park the vehicle, and, of course, can drive it safely. This part of the test is standard; it is just being conducted in a different manner to enact social distancing protocols for everyone's safety.
- When you are done, the examiner will instruct you to park and turn off the car and, fingers crossed, will tell you you did a fantastic job and are now ready to be a licensed driver in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Thank you for working with us during these challenging times. We are YOUR DMV.