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Class D road tests: What to expect and what to bring

June 22, 2020

A sign that says "report for road tests" with a DVS exam station in the background


Your class D road test appointment is coming up, and the last thing you want is to be turned away because you didn’t come prepared. We want to walk you through what to bring and what to expect, because the process itself has changed a bit since before the COVID-19 pandemic. That way you’ll be on track to take your class D road test.

  • Before your appointment, pre-apply online for your driver’s license; it can save you a lot of time after you pass the road test.

  • Make sure you’ve practiced, and practiced some more, so you’re ready to pass your road test the first time. About 25 percent of 16-year-olds fail their class D road test every year, and that rate increases for older age groups.

  • Make sure your vehicle is clean and in safe working condition (think working seat belts, doors, lights and turn signals), and that your registration is up-to-date.

  • Bring your valid instruction permit; current proof of insurance; and check, money order, or cash for the driver’s license fee. You’ll also need to know your social security number.

  • If you’re under 18, you’ll need to bring your certificate of course completion (white card) and signed supervised driving log.

  • Make sure you arrive on time and wear a face mask.

For more details on how to come prepared for your road test, check out this FAQ.

Once you have everything in order and you’re ready to take your road test, what can you expect it to be like? In light of the pandemic, DVS has made changes to the road test so that both you and your examiner are safe. When you arrive, you’ll complete a short questionnaire and have your temperature taken. Your examiner will be wearing a mask, safety glasses and gloves, and they’ll still ride in the vehicle with you. Instead of undergoing an equipment inspection, you’ll use that time to sanitize your vehicle, and DPS will provide the wipes. For the sake of efficiency, if you do something to fail the exam, your test will end immediately. Once you pass your road test, you can complete your application inside the exam station. If you need a visual of what it will be like to take your class D road test, check out our video.

One other thing: If you can’t keep your appointment, please cancel it online. That way, your appointment can go to someone who needs it. Try to give DVS at least three days’ notice if you have to cancel, so that they can make your spot available to someone else.

All the time you spent practicing, combined with knowing what to bring and what to expect, will help you be ready for your class D road test. Good luck!