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Taking the Road Skills Test
If you’re 18 and older and meet all requirements for taking the road skills test, you’ll need to go the
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles to take the road skills test.  You’ll need to have passed a
written exam about driving on the roads before taking the Road Skills Test.  If you fail the Road Skills
Test 3 times you’ll be required to complete
an adult in-vehicle recertification course before taking the
test a fourth time.  This course consists of 14 one-hour
behind-the-wheel instructions before taking.

In addition for first time drivers 18 years and older, you must have passed an approved driver
education course or held a Virginia learner’s permit at least 60 days prior to taking the DMV road
skills test.  Those 18 years and older who have not completed an approved course of driver's
education must present a driving maneuvers checklist (In-Car Maneuvers Observation Record -
CMSA 19 form) prior to beginning a DMV-administered road skills test.  Adults, 18 years and older,
have the option to complete a 36 hour driver education course and
behind-the-wheel lessons
program consisting of
14 periods of in-car instruction (7 fifty-minute sessions of behind-the-wheel
instruction
and 7 fifty-minute sessions of observing an adult student drive), including final road skills
test with an approved commercial driving school.

If you’re
under 18, the road skills test is given by a driving school.  To pass the road skills test, you
m
ust successfully complete 40 or more of 50 driving maneuvers.  Prior to taking the road skills test,
those under 18 must complete a 36 hour driver education course and
a behind-the-wheel lessons
program consisting of 1
4 periods of in-car instruction (7 fify-minute sessions of behind-the-wheel
instruction
and 7 fifty-minute sessions of observing another student drive, including final road skills
test with an approved commercial driving school.
What's on the test?
The road skills test includes:
  • checking car
  • starting
  • backing
  • parking
  • stopping and yielding
  • turning, changing lanes
  • driving in curves and intersections
  • overall driving ability such as maintaining proper speed and distance,and understanding traffic
    signs and road rules.
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