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Schedule & take a road test

Before You Start

Make sure you

  • meet all the requirements described on this page
  • do not use the system between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern Time on weekdays
  • have a valid NYS learner permit
  • have a valid Pre-Licensing Course Certificate (MV-278) or a Driver Education Certificate  (MV-285) 
  • can provide your Client ID Number and date of birth
  • have at least one unused test available

How do I schedule my road test?

You can schedule a road test online or by phone at 1-518-402-2100 using the Road Test Scheduling System.


What do I need to schedule a road test?

To schedule a road test, you must

  • have a valid NYS learner permit
  • have a Pre-Licensing Course Certificate (MV-278) or a Driver Education Certificate  (MV-285) that has not expired 1
  • provide your Client ID Number and date of birth 2
  • have at least one unused test available 3
  • know the ZIP Code of the location where you want to take the road test. Find road test locations, driving directions and ZIP Codes.


About the Road Test Scheduling System

  • do not use the system between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern Time on weekdays
  • the system offers several of the earliest available dates and times at several sites near your chosen ZIP Code 4
  • if you need to reschedule your test, you must cancel your appointment before you can search for a new date. You cannot have more than one appointment at a time.
  • tests are almost always on weekdays. Only rarely do we schedule road tests on Saturday when demand requires it.
  • if you already have an appointment, you can confirm it by entering your 9-digit Client ID Number.


What do I need on the day of my road test?

For the day you take your road test, you must

  • Be on time
    • Plan to arrive up to 30 minutes before the time of your test
    • If you are late, the license examiner may need to reschedule your road test
  • Have all of the following
    • Your photo learner permit.  If your permit indicates you need corrective lenses, be sure to wear your glasses or contacts. 5
    • Your Pre-licensing Course Certificate (MV-278) or Driver Education Certificate (MV-285)
    • If you are under age 18, a Certification of Supervised Driving (MV-262) completed by your parent or guardian
    • You must be accompanied by a driver age 21 or older who has a license valid to operate the test vehicle
    • A vehicle to drive during the test has a valid registration and inspection, operates properly and is in clean condition 6
  • If you are taking a motorcycle road test you will need
    • A properly operating, registered and inspected motorcycle 7
    • A properly operating, registered and inspected motor vehicle and a driver with a valid driver license to transport the license examiner during your road test


To check for road test cancellations or relocations due to adverse weather or road construction, visit our cancellations, closings and delays page or call 1-518-402-2100.


What is the road test fee and how do I pay it?

The fee for up to two road tests for a non-commercial license is included in your $10.00 driver license application fee.

If you do not pass your first two road tests, you must pay another $10.00 fee for up to two more road tests.  There is no refund if you do not take both tests.

For a road test for a commercial driver license (CDL) the fee for a single test is $40.00.  See Get a (CDL).

 

How do I pay additional road test fees?

You can pay additional road test fees online. You can also pay by phone at 1-518-402-2100. To pay additional road test fees, you must

  • have a valid learner permit or driver license
  • provide your Client ID number and your date of birth
  • have no other road tests currently available
  • pay the fee with a credit or debit card 8

 
What happens if I pass my road test?

  • our license examiner will give you an interim license that allows you to drive; keep the interim license with your photo learner permit
  • allow two weeks to receive your photo driver license in the mail
  • if you are under age 18 and have a Class DJ, MJ or DJMJ driver license, you must obey the restrictions for junior drivers.  For more information, see Graduated Driver License (GDL) Law and the restrictions on drivers under age 18.


What happens if I fail my road test?

If you fail a non-commercial license road test, your learner permit remains valid until the expiration date. If your learner permit expires before your next road test, you must get a new learner permit. See Get a learner permit.

You can schedule another road test, but you must

  • pay additional fees if you failed your first two road tests. You can pay online or call 1-518-402-2100
  • wait at least until the day after your failed road test to schedule another test
  • 1. For information about how to get a Pre-Licensing Course Certificate (MV-278), see Prepare for your road test.
  • 2. Not sure where to find your client ID Number? See a sample learner permit.
  • 3.

    The fee for up to two road tests for a non-commercial license is included in your $10.00 driver license application fee.

    If you do not pass your first two road tests, you must pay another $10.00 fee for up to two more road tests
  • 4. Usually, the earliest date is within three to five weeks, but at peak testing periods during summer and school breaks it may be up to 10 weeks away. There are no waiting lists.
  • 5. If you have an interim or temporary learner permit without a photo, you must also show a NYS photo driver license or a NYS non-driver ID Card. Photo documents from other states are not acceptable
  • 6. The vehicle must have functional seat belts, headlights, windshield wipers and other equipment, a front passenger area and seatbelt free of trash, clutter or debris that might stain or damage the license examiner’s uniform, and a front passenger door that is able to be opened from the inside of the vehicle
  • 7. The motorcycle must not have more than three wheels in contact with the ground
  • 8.

    The DMV accepts:

    • American Express® Card
    • Discover Card®/Novus®
    • MasterCard®
    • MasterCard® Debit card without personal identification number (PIN)
    • VISA® Card
    • Visa Debit Card without personal identification number (PIN)

Before You Start

Make sure you

  • meet all the requirements described on this page
  • do not use the system between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern Time on weekdays
  • have a valid NYS learner permit
  • have a valid Pre-Licensing Course Certificate (MV-278) or a Driver Education Certificate  (MV-285) 
  • can provide your Client ID Number and date of birth
  • have at least one unused test available

Do it by phone

Make sure you

  • do not use the system between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern Time on weekdays
  • meet all the requirements described on this page
  • call 1-518-402-2100
  • have a valid NYS learner permit
  • have a valid Pre-Licensing Course Certificate (MV-278) or a Driver Education Certificate  (MV-285) 
  • can provide your Client ID Number and date of birth
  • have at least one unused test available