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Road Test


The road test allows the driver to demonstrate an understanding of safe driving by adhering to the rules of the road.

The road test may be taken once the knowledge and vision tests are successfully completed at a driver testing center.

An appointment is needed to take a road test.  You may schedule your road test online. You may also schedule an appointment at a driver testing center.

A safety specialist (aka examiner) will accompany you while driving in an off-road testing area or on a public road course. The test will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

As of August 31, 2016, backup cameras and parking sensors that have been installed on a motor vehicle are permitted to be used during a road test.

What skills are tested?

  • Driving in reverse
  • Stopping at appropriate signs
  • Nearing corners or intersections
  • Stopping smoothly
  • Sitting properly
  • Turning around
  • Steering properly
  • Parallel parking
  • Yielding to right-of-way

What to bring to a road test

  • The same identification (6 Points of ID) you used to obtain a permit.
  •  A valid examination permit.
  • An accompanying New Jersey licensed driver who is at least age 21 and has had their New Jersey driver’s license for at least three years.
  • License plate decals. Red, reflective decals must be affixed to plates on a vehicle used for the road test of drivers under age 21.
  • A registered vehicle with current a inspection sticker and an insurance card. The vehicle cannot have a center console unless the emergency brake is accessible from the passenger seat.  The examiner must be able to reach either the foot brake or parking brake.
  • Rental cars are acceptable only if the driver taking the test is included on the rental contract as an additional driver and is of contract age.
  • The rental of a driving school auto is permitted.

* The road test for an agricultural license MUST be taken in a vehicle with agricultural plates.

When you pass the road test

The examiner will give you an authorization slip to get your license at a motor vehicle agency.

What if you fail the road test?

  • You must wait at least two weeks before taking the test again.
  • If you fail more than twice, the MVC may require you to wait six months before taking the road test again.

Possible reasons why your vehicle will cause you to fail

  • It is deemed unsafe or unsuitable for a road test.
  • It has an improper, expired, or no inspection sticker.
  • Equipment in the vehicle prevents the examiner from reaching the foot or parking brakes.
  • It is a self-parking vehicle.
  • There is a defect or condition that affects the safe operation of the vehicle including poor brakes, a defective parking brake, unsafe tires, unreasonably unclean interior, a fast engine idle, or missing seatbelts.
  • It does not have the required license plate decals.
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