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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

What do I need to schedule and take my road test?

See Prepare for your road test, and read below the requirements  to schedule and take your road test.

 

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.  There is no additional fee for your first  or second road test.

If you do not pass one of 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 card 1

 How do I 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 is not expired 2
  • provide your Client ID Number and date of birth
  • have at least one unused test available

When you access the online or telephone road test scheduling system

  • do not use the system between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. Eastern Time on weekdays
  • know the ZIP Code of the road test location where you want to take the road test. See the list of road test locations, driving directions and ZIP Codes.
  • the system offers several of the earliest available dates and times at several sites near your chosen ZIP Code 3
  • you must cancel an appointment you have 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.

You can schedule a road test online or by phone at 1-518-402-2100.

 

 What do I need for 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, our license examiner can cancel your road test
  • have all of the following
    • your photo learner permit 4
    • your Pre-licensing Course Certificate (MV-278) or Driver Education Certificate (MV-285)
    • if you are under age 18, Certification of Supervised Driving (MV-262) completed by your parent or guardian
    • if you drive to the road test site, 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 that is operating properly and has a valid registration and inspection
    • if you are taking a motorcycle road test, a properly operating, registered and inspected motorcycle with no more than three wheels in contact with the ground
    • if you are taking a motorcycle road test, a properly operating, registered and inspected motor vehicle and a driver with a valid driver license to transport our license examiner during your road test

 

What happens after I pass my road test?

See the instructions for after you pass your road test in Get your first driver license.

 

 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

  • have a remaining road test available or you must pay additional road test fees online or call 1-518-402-2100
  • wait at least until the day after your failed road test to schedule another test
  • 1.

    If you apply by mail or at a DMV office, you can pay by credit/debit card or a check or money order made out to Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.  To apply online, you must use a credit/debit card. 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)
  • 2. For information about how to get a Pre-Licensing Course Certificate (MV-278), see Prepare for your road test.
  • 3. The road test scheduling system offers the earliest available dates at the locations near your selected ZIP Code. The normal earliest date is in three to five weeks, but the earliest date may be 10 weeks away at peak testing periods during summer and school breaks. There are no waiting lists or way to request a date from a cancelled road test.
  • 4. 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

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